Why are you afraid of the corona?
The answer is in one word: dumping because Corona is capable of destroying the health system by flooding a large number of patients in a short time so that hospitals do not have enough beds.
Overall, the capacity of the health system is measured by the number of hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants, for example in Germany – according to data published online – it is eight beds per thousand people.
In other countries, the percentage may be lower, for example in Chile, there are about two beds per thousand people. It is clear that countries with weaker health systems have this lower figure.
Another criterion is the number of intensive care beds per 100,000 population, which are equipped with special instruments for critical conditions such as artificial respirators, which play a key role in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
This number also varies: for example, in Germany, there are 29 intensive care beds per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Portugal there are four beds.
On average, 60 to 70% of the beds in the healthcare system are occupied by patients suffering from surgeries, cancer, traffic accidents, and difficult chronic diseases. This means that what is available will not exceed 40% of beds.
What is the solution?
The solution is to prevent catastrophic dumping of hospitals by taking preventive measures, which are closing and preventing gatherings, social separation, such as closing schools and universities, places of worship and shopping malls and canceling parties, canceling group gatherings, work from home and self-isolation and self-isolation and avoid crowding, in order to prevent the virus from spreading quickly.
Epidemiologists call this strategy to prevent a large rise in “curve flattening” cases, that is, not to allow a dramatic rise in the number of cases of illness (injury curve) so that the health system is not overwhelmed.
By flattening the curve, countries that cannot actually stop the virus can slow its spread, at least until the health care system can adequately care for people, thereby avoiding what happened in Italy, for example, where the outbreak has pushed some hospitals to breakdowns.
Interpretation of China’s success
This method explains the success of China, because China has worked to flatten the curve through full closure procedures and prevent mixing, and has also worked on a very rapid increase in the number of beds by building temporary hospitals, in order to avoid the spillage of the healthcare system with Corona patients and therefore its collapse.
The method is effective, with China announcing on Thursday that it had not registered any new local sources of the virus in the past 24 hours, a precedent of its kind since Beijing began counting infections in January.
One of the striking things is China’s terrible ability to build a huge hospital in just under two weeks to treat pandemic patients. Today, many countries are looking to do the same. The same goes for Germany, where the State of Berlin has announced its intention to create a private hospital to treat people infected with the coronavirus.
The aim of the hospital is to cope with the “acute shortage” in case the number of injured reaches dizzying levels, especially since the Robert Koch Institute for Scientific Research, and in a new evaluation of the situation in Germany, expressed yesterday morning by its director Lothar Feller Up in the coming weeks, it could reach ten million injured.