The number of infected people is declining, the reproductive number has dropped to 1, are you noticing any significant changes in Prague?
Until yesterday (Monday), the decline was not significant. But there are other indicators that are declining and they are prognostically positive.
So how exactly are government measures in Prague?
An optimistic indicator is that there is a decrease in the share of positive seizures in the number of samples taken. So far, I cannot say that there has been a decrease in the number of reports of the disease in the group of citizens over the age of 65, there the situation is not worse, but it is not better. These are two basic things, according to which it is possible to judge how the situation will develop in the near future.
How do you think it will develop? The number R is declining, the number of infected people is no longer reaching records – is it possible to proceed to a slight disintegration, or should it be tightened so that the desired result comes sooner?
It’s too early to unravel. Although the indicators are positive, it is not yet possible to trace a positive trend. It is an indicator from the last few days and we still need to fall to a certain level so that we can say that the situation is good.
When do you think some mild disintegration of the measures could take place? Do you personally see a milestone?
I can’t answer that. It is too early and we have to wait for the situation to develop.
No one keeps track. People need to realize that this is needed
The government ordered the opening of shops on Sunday, which at least in Prague caused people to flock to the shops en masse on Saturday and then on Monday. Many experts criticized the measure, saying that the opposite should be done, namely to extend opening hours so that people can be reduced in time. What do you think about it?
I will not fully join the criticism. It is important for people to realize that spacing is needed in these situations as well. Nobody observes you here. Everyone immediately rushes to the subway, to the stairs, to the shops. Nobody just keeps track.
It’s also important that people schedule when they go shopping. If I go shopping, I don’t want to push in the store and be able to keep the gap, then I’ll probably go at a time when I assume that there will be a smaller number of shoppers. I don’t think everyone has to go shopping on Saturday or they’ll starve to death.
We are still in the phase of uncontrollable community spread. Tough government measures, such as restricting movement or closing shops, are trying to prevent this. Is it still possible to say where the disease is most prevalent in the capital?
For all airborne infections, Prague is taken as a whole. The mobility of the population is so great that it is not possible to determine where a patient who lives in Prague 9 and commutes to work by metro to Prague 5 has become infected.
Okay, but you can determine if people are most often infected in the family or at work at the moment. Where do you get the most reports from now?
Currently, the most common source of infection is the family, followed by the workplace. This is of course due to the situation, because there are no open restaurants, dance clubs, bars or sports grounds. So there are almost no other options.
It was said some time ago that there are several cases in the Czech Republic where people became infected again after suffering a covid. But no one has given the exact number yet. Do you record it somehow? After all, if the hygiene traces someone, then they must see in the system whether it has not addressed positivity with them in the past or not?
You can pull out of the system who has fallen ill repeatedly. According to birth number and date of birth, such patients can be traced. If this succeeds, we are in contact with them and it is possible to perform an antibody test and find out some other more detailed information.
How many such cases are there?
I think there are a minimum of them. I don’t know at all nationwide, and will there be up to ten of them in Prague? There will definitely be no more.
Last week I wrote about the fact that Moravian-Silesian hygienists, at a time when the situation is bad and the facilities and their employees face high pressure, randomly inspect hospitals and sanitary facilities. What does it look like in Prague, are you currently carrying out similar inspections?
We do not perform such inspections of homes for the elderly. Our form is a little different. We try to offer them methodological help regarding the setting up of anti-epidemic measures in the building where the infection occurs.
If the reduction in the number of connections is adequate for the number of passengers, then there is probably nothing to solve.
So you do not go to hospitals unannounced, where you want to see various documents, what disinfection is used and who wears protective equipment?
In order to apply the measures correctly, you need to know if they are using the right disinfectant in the right concentration, the expiration date, whether they have enough personal protective equipment and how to handle the waste. You need to know this basic information so that you can say “yes, there is a mistake and it needs to be fixed like this.” Without it, you can’t come somewhere and start explaining to them what to do.
The instruction issued by the chief hygienist concerns homes for the elderly, not medical facilities. We have been inspecting homes for the elderly in cooperation with the municipality and others since the beginning of the summer, so we have an advantage over some regions.
Former Minister of Health Roman Prymul (for YES) did not like the restriction of the number of connections by the Prague transport company. According to him, the opposite should be the path of increase, so that the connections are empty. Have you dealt with the company in any way?
As far as I know, the transport company argued that the number of passengers had decreased by about 50 percent. So if the connections are adjusted to the number of passengers, then there is probably nothing to solve. It must be based on its data. I usually take the subway and I don’t think it would be crowded. At least not while I’m driving.