Costa: Towards ending home isolation for the sake of the positives

I 36,573 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hoursAccording to the data of the Ministry of Health. Yesterday there were 31,885. The number of victims was 64, up from 48 yesterday. A total of 194,676 swabs were taken, including antigen and molecular swabs, with a positive rate of 18.7%, up from 16.3% yesterday. 192 patients were admitted to intensive care, 3 more than yesterday. The number of daily admissions is 20 people. The number of hospitalized people in regular wards is 4,303, which is more than yesterday.

The current positive values ​​are 600,781, thus 3,104 lower over the past 24 hours. A total of 17,773,764 Italians have been infected since the beginning of the epidemic, while deaths rise to 167,617. The value of discharge and recovery was 17,005,366, an increase of 40,108.

Costa: Towards stop isolating homes from the positives
The rule requiring home isolation for those who have tested positive for SarsCoV2 can have their days numbered. This was announced by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Andrea Costa, who explains that in light of a new phase of “necessary coexistence with Covid”, action in this direction may soon be taken. But the “everything is free” hypothesis, despite the confirmation of positivity towards the virus, divides experts, and the head of the National Federation of Medical Orders (Fnomceo) Filippo Agnelli has rejected. “I think we are very close to that goal, which is to stop isolating the positives at home. On the other hand, the goal is to live with the virus and if we talk about living together – it is Costa’s logic – we can only remove the isolation from the positives.” Therefore, he declared: “I am confident that in the next few weeks we will also reach this option, which will be another step towards normalcy. I think the days are numbered also to reach this kind of measure.”

Stop asking for doctors
position, Costa’s position, which led to opposite reactions by experts. Agnelli says the positives are increasing and hospitalizations are slowing, circulation of the virus is very high, and from today there are no longer mandatory masks so the possibility of an increase in infections is real. I recommend a lot of caution. Above all, in solidarity with the most vulnerable groups who can become infected. The advice is to think before making decisions of this kind, because at the moment there are no conditions for such a decision.” As infectious disease specialist Massimo Galli slows down: “I still keep my feet on the brakes fairly – he comments -. The numbers for the past few days, starting with the latest Gimbe Foundation monitoring data, can’t really leave us calm and point to a reversal of the epidemic trend, with infections and deaths beginning to rise again. That is, we are facing a possible resurgence of the epidemic, dictated by the more contagious variant Omicron 5, and we are unable to say now what the implications might be for hospitals, so I recommend caution.” In short, he notes, “We are all looking forward to things returning to normal but the data is objective and recommends With caution.” Moreover, eliminating isolation in the home for the pros “would put the safety of the most vulnerable people at risk. Indeed, the data show that the latest variants are not harmful and that those who do not fully respond to immunization, such as some groups of vulnerable patients, can become seriously ill.”

Divided experts
The opinion of Roberto Coda, an infectious disease specialist at Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, is different. Stop isolation at home “I think it is a decision that can be taken, considering that the disease at present and not in its acute form is similar to other respiratory diseases, in short, we have to live with the virus. And this – as it identifies – does not mean, with That is, not keeping your eyes open and not retracing your steps if necessary.” The point is that “we cannot get rid of this virus but we can believe that the epidemic will end with the conditions we know: it will become an endemic virus, with periodic but momentary outbreaks. And in this scenario – he concludes – we can do one thing: increase vaccinations, and that means Increase the third dose which is 67% coverage and the fourth dose for the vulnerable, and reach a booster annual vaccination dose in the future.”

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