Containment measures will be necessary until there is vaccine

in News · 13-04-2020 13:48:00 · 5 Comments

The Minister of Health has admitted that it will be necessary to maintain some containment and prevention measures until the vaccine for the new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, is discovered.

"The expectation of returning to normality will always have to be tempered until the discovery of the vaccine by measures of restraint, containment and prevention that we cannot, as far as we know, completely eliminate", said Marta Temido.

At the daily press conference to update information on the covid-19 pandemic, the minister acknowledged that the forecasts for the future are marked by great uncertainty, but added that Portugal will continue to follow international recommendations.

Referring to the statements by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on the hypothesis of limiting the contact of older people with their surroundings, at least until the end of the year, the Minister of Health stated that if, upon arrival the time, this is the most appropriate recommendation, then it will be followed by the Portuguese health authorities.

In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Leyen warned that until there is a vaccine “it is necessary to limit, as much as possible, the contacts of seniors”, in particular those who live in nursing homes.

“It is evident that we live in a global context, what the situation of a European country is influencing others and, therefore, we are far from having overcome this pandemic”, acknowledged Marta Temido, adding that the priority is “to follow the best at every moment recommendations and the best information available ”.

Looking at the action of the Government and the Portuguese health authorities so far, the minister considered that the preparation for the pandemic was adequate, reinforcing that at this moment one of the main concerns is to ensure that there are no failures, despite the context of global scarcity.

Marta Temido also stressed that the Government has tried to give a thoughtful answer that ensures, as much as possible, the balance between the value of life in society, the value of the functioning of the economy, without prejudice to the value of public health.

"We know that other countries that opted for very radical views, or to leave everything open or close everything, did not have such good results and had to make small corrections," he said, considering that constant epidemiological surveillance and the introduction of corrective measures and mitigating factors according to the current context are the best alternative.

The Health Minister warned, however, that the little knowledge that still exists about the new coronavirus and the disease implies that all the decisions that have been made and that will be made are associated with some level of risk.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already caused more than 109,000 deaths and infected almost 1.8 million people in 193 countries and territories.


Elsewhere I have seen a lot of distrust and dislike for Bill Gates and opposition to a new vaccine to combat the spread of the Coronavirus but I do not see anyone suggestion any other workable method of stopping the pandemic. Without getting large numbers of people vaccinated, the relaxing of restrictions is surely likely to cause the virus to be infecting many more people again, and undoing the work that has been made in containing its spread. Until we have a vaccine and populations vaccinated, I sadly think we are going to have to put up with a very different way of living. Like everyone else, I wish it were not this way and I wish we could get back to how we were living before the outbreak, but we must deal with the world as it is.

By Steve Andrews from Other on 14-04-2020 01:50

Common pneumonia kills at least 16 people a day in Portugal. Influenza led to the death of around 3,000 people in Portugal in the 2018/2019 flu season alone. Lets stop living.

By Pedro from Lisbon on 14-04-2020 10:06

I totally agree with the minister why risk a second wave of infections and deaths. Been interesting watching an English family arrive here last Thursday by car. Not full time residents because I know who they are. Pool parties, BBQ’s , drinks parties and more blatant disregard for the rules. Frequent guest arriving from the area.These kind of people should be named and shamed. It’s people like this who contribute to lockdown extensions.

By Ian Williams from Algarve on 14-04-2020 09:19

Quarantine is when you restrict the movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people.

By Pedro from Lisbon on 13-04-2020 08:07

How can you get a vaccine for an always mutating virus? This is madness, we need to go back to "normal" asap. Otherwise the effects of this panic policy will cost society much more than just lives...
Educate people about nutrition, healthy lifestyles and unhealthy habits, that will do way more good than locking them up, and giving them a false sense of security with facemasks and gloves, which nobody knows how to use correctly.

By Fred from Algarve on 13-04-2020 06:56
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