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Hospitals baffled by plans for relaxation

The Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) is stunned by the news that the cabinet plans to relax the corona measures from April 21, if the number of infections continues to fall. The umbrella organization does not understand that this plan is being considered, while the occupancy rate in hospitals and in the ICUs continues to increase and a large part of the hospital staff has not yet been vaccinated.

“I am astonished to hear that”, says John Taks, board member of the NVZ. “I understand that we again allow each other the space to have a drink. I understand very well that the youth needs more space to do fun things. Our employees want that too. But if they feel unsafe at the same time, they I am very concerned about being inadequate to protect and fear. The most important thing is that they can work safely and that we keep the hospitals afloat. “

The pressure in hospitals is incredibly high, says Taks, who is also chairman of the board of the Diakonessenhuis in Utrecht. “The forecast for the coming weeks is that the figures will be just as high as in March last year. The hospitals are very full, we cannot transfer people. Another peak is forecast in the coming weeks and we have yet to see whether it will be in three. , four weeks off. “

Turning point

Virus experts also have reservations about easing. Doctor-microbiologist Marc Bonten calls it a “special development when hospitals are cracking at the seams”. IC doctor Diederik Gommers said last night in the program Beau that, as far as he is concerned, relaxation will only be possible if the figures fall again. “I really want to have experienced the peak first,” he said.

Epidemiologist Patricia Bruijning is also cautious. “Everyone is craving for relaxation, and if you look at the graph that the OMT uses, the predictions are very promising. But that graph is based on the scenario that we keep everything as it is now. If you let go of everything, then it goes. that prediction look very different. “

A German model shows that relaxation leads to a high peak in IC admissions when the number of infections is still high, as is currently the case in the Netherlands. “If you only relax at a much lower contamination level, then only a very small peak will follow.”

Rapid tests

There has not yet been a turning point in hospitals, but that decline could start in the coming weeks. “Then you can imagine that you are implementing a number of relaxation”, says Bruijning. “And then you focus on those relaxations that have little influence on the R-number. In other words, activities outside.”

In addition, if cafes and restaurants are allowed to open the terraces again, they should ensure that their staff uses rapid tests as much as possible, says Bruijning. “We have them now, so we have to use them too. The staff get close to guests and go in.”

She hopes that shop staff will also test themselves regularly. In addition, Bruijning also points out the importance of good ventilation in shops in order to keep the risk of contamination low.

Hospitals baffled by plans for relaxation
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