Health professionals work tirelessly to care for people with covid-19.According to three-quarters of health professionals are women data Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO).The same creature caveat This group, especially women, face high risks of infection, fatigue, stress, violence and stigma.
According to a report released by the Carlos III Health Institute in May, in Spain and the first wave alone, 76% of toilets infected with COVID-19 were women.
Although it has been proved that health companies have been popular on the front lines, the number of women in leadership and decision-making positions is insufficient, as proved A report Regarding the impact of gender in the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) pandemic. Raquel Yotti (Madrid, 1973) is an exception.
This cardiologist has worked at Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital for nearly two decades, but now she has to say that she has to face this global issue from “another trench”. Sexual health crisis. In August 2018, Yotti was appointed as the director of the Carlos III Institute of Health and became the second woman to be the head of the main public institution for biomedical and health research in Spain, depending on the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
“Looking back at the beginning of the pandemic, he recalled: “Day and night, we join us every day of the week. I don’t remember when it first appeared on Monday or Sunday, every day is the same. In handling this crisis, she is also one of the experts of the Coronavirus Technology Management Committee of the Spanish Government.
In these few months, he led National seroprevalence study Energy saving,who result Published in a magazine Lancet; Promoted research by COVID-19 Fund, Received a donation of 24 million euros; and coordinated the diagnostic response of the National Health System (SNS) through PCR testing through the National Center for Microbiology. However, he promised to have his colleagues in the hospital always present. He admitted: “The impulse to put on your gown and phone mirror and be willing to provide treatment to the patient, I think it is inevitable for any clinician.”
First-person perspective Covid-19
The first episode of an audio series Coronavirus scientist, pandemic sound portrait Star Raquel Yotti (Raquel Yotti). In it, he talked about how the management of the internal health crisis in Spain lives.This interview is the only one in the audio series that was not recorded in person, but telephone conference. On the day before our appointment, Raquel could no longer participate in the Carlos III Health Institute’s tribute to its first dean, Rafael Nájera, because she was quarantined. Positive for coronavirus.
“I feel very sympathetic to many people who have to go through this disease and may even get some attention at home, because the clinical course of this disease is very curious.” She seems to tell through her iPad screen in isolation at home I.
During the conversation, Raquel explained that she suffered from this disease first-hand, and the two weeks of isolation gave her many opportunities to think. “You must be aware of the privilege of being able to spend this disease at home, and you must have Support network.From a clinical point of view, I’m very lucky [no requirió de hospitalización] From the perspective of “surrounding resources”, she is sincere and humble, and no one else talks about her private life.
His clinical experience with patients made him Communication skills, Is indispensable in such a pandemic; for example, the results of different rounds of ENE-COVID research are given in the Serena comparator in Moncloa: to understand what is happening, he Said that he helped him cope with the “abnormal” situation he experienced.
Faustino Blanco, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, Marina Pollán, Director of the National Epidemiology Center, and Raquel Yotti, Director of the Carlos III Institute of Health, introduced Spain at a press conference held in Palacio de la Moncloa on July 6. The conclusion of a national study on the seroepidemiology of SARS-Cov-2 infection. EFE/Fernando Alvarado
Concern about the gender gap
A few days after Spain’s first alert status was announced, the government approved Royal Decree Act Emergency measures to facilitate investigations of the coronavirus. From the biological research of pathogens to the development of diagnostic tests and clinical trials to test new drugs. The purpose is to use a budget to uncover the unknowns of a new disease unknown to all. 24 million euros.
A few days later, this extraordinary call was received More than 1,500 proposals, most of which were submitted by men. Yotti admitted: “The coronavirus pandemic has increased the gender gap.” result Questionnaire on the impact of restrictions on the evaluation questions of researchers in the Ministry of Science and Innovation She emphasized with concern: “This may affect the courses of researchers, especially those of mother researchers. This is something we really should not allow.”
Looking to the future, Raquel believes that science will be feminist or not. This is his wish for the next few years: “This is not a science created by a few people, but a science. Regardless of gender and other inequality factors, all people who can contribute have a place. We are not currently in that situation, which is why we must call it the science of feminism. Because feminism is pursuing the goal of equal opportunity, we all use this to enrich ourselves.”