The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives. Since March, we have stopped hugging, traveling and holding large gatherings. Even singing in a choir has become a high-risk activity. Various outbreaks in the chorus test showed that the virus is spread through the air, especially in poorly ventilated rooms, where the sound is constantly rising.
“I’m desperate,” admitted Clara Prats, a researcher in the Computational Biology and Complex Systems Group:Biocommunications CompanyPolytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)).The two engines of his life are Science and music. For her, the soprano for many years, singing is the emotional escape route she misses now.
Clara is physical, But for many years, he has been working with doctors from the German Trias i Pujol Institute (IGTP) to apply mathematics to knowledge of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Their model helps to better understand their behavior. He talked about the stage before the coronavirus and said: “Before I became a Kovid, I lived a more or less peaceful life, and we can work in a reflective way.” On the other hand, the present The pace of work is quite different: “I remember getting up in the morning and sitting in front of the computer. I don’t even remember eating,” he said of the weeks in confinement. 12 to 14 hours a day.
its Coronavirus research Out of curiosity, when the first data came from China: “To my partner Daniel Lopez He likes to apply mathematical models to everything he can do”. Their goal is to try to predict the dynamics of the virus in the short term, and then see if they are correct. When they adjusted the model, the epidemic jumped to Europe. Viral Development has attracted the attention of many governments. European Commission He commissioned daily analysis and short-term predictions of the epidemic: “The work we do determines the decision to be made tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. He emphasized that this is a cruel change.
Despite the pressure, Clara still clearly knows that the scope of her work is data, not decision-making. In this case, the “fusion of various factors” will play a role, and this must be taken into account in order to determine in the process The right measure. I am not trying to eliminate political responsibility, just to emphasize that there are many other issues in decision-making. He emphasized: “It’s not 2 + 2, but 4, which is much more complicated than this.”
In this crisis, one of the main problems that Clara and her team encountered was data, The raw materials used for statistical models to understand the evolution of the pandemic. He believes that “the lack of a public health information system is neither in Spain nor elsewhere in Europe.” He believes there is a lack of figures such as who infected, when it spread the disease, and at what speed.
Initially, their model was only based on new diagnostic procedures, but as data management improved, they also refined their equations. He explained: “You will see how the number of cases grows, and from there you get a curve equation that can be predicted, but you don’t know the internal factors of the disease.”
On tv with the boy
The pandemic data clouded the daily reports.Initially, the available numbers are Affirmative affirmation, This Hospitalization, This Admission to ICU with deceased.However, these numbers gradually compare with other indicators (e.g. Speed of infection or Regeneration risk, The latter was developed by the BIOCOM-SC team.
As the coordinator of the coronavirus team, Clara has appeared in numerous interviews. His intervention in the media broke the statistics and gave experts greater media influence: three men per woman.
One of Clara’s most memorable interviews was last summer at sixth, Where he experienced the interruption of the childhood of one of his two children.
“Shortly after I started, I noticed that there was a baby. My editor told me through the earpiece:’This is when he was with the child.’ Then I decided to tell him to dedicate something important,” the reporter told SINC. Maria Llapart, Who decided to cut the interview. “I’ll talk later can We will talk to her, no, yes wanted. She clarified that sometimes we forget that women can’t always do everything they want, and we don’t have the tools to do it.
Clara smiled and recalled this anecdote: “In the end, my life was disrupted, which reflects what is happening in our past few months. She said: “You are forced to stay at home with your children. We work together. He added that apart from the anecdote, he thought it was important to make the situation obvious: “I believe the child has been forgotten by people. We were locked up at home, pretending to work remotely with them. I don’t think they deserve anything, although they have no choice,” he said.
The tragedy behind
on Mediation Regarding professional and family life, Clara considers herself very lucky: “Some members of the group have children, some have no children, and some are older. This also determines our work schedule. Whenever we Probably. Among all, we have been doing our best. In this sense, we all support each other-he keeps praising his team. We have been adapting. Therefore, I am very lucky”, he promised.
From a personal point of view, Clara believes that the “such amazing pace” of the work prevents her from realizing the “gravity of the tragedy.” For her, the most dramatic day was the presence of a family friend behind the covid-19 death toll.
In addition, when the patient is unable to accompany the intensive care unit, it will also affect the patient: “You know this person is very sick, and his family is powerless at home. In fact, I am thinking about it, and it still makes me deep in my heart. Shocked.”