‘Reality blow’: in Spain they take young people to intensive therapy to raise awareness about the coronavirus

It is a project aimed at students from Basque universities. They visited the Hospital de Cruces de Barakaldo, in Vizcaya. And this they said.

“You can’t imagine it that way.” This is how it is to see coronavirus patients intubated, immobile, unconscient. This is how it is to listen to the alarms of the respirators and the devices that guard the vital signs of the patients. “So” is to be in the middle of the rush of nurses and doctors to attend emergencies.

That he experienced a group of students from several Basque universities at the Hospital de Cruces de Barakaldo, in Vizcaya.

Because they entered the Covid Intensive Care Unit as part of a project that aims to create awareness among young people, the population usually relax to the social distancing measures essential to combat the pandemic. Many of them represent that portion of society that the more dares to challenge the threat posed by Sars-Cov-2.

Consulted by Clarion, Cruces Hospital pointed out that the proposal, which was carried out by the Resuscitation and Anesthesia Service of the health center, came from the universities.

Participated 18 youth who, in three groups of six, were able feel the thermal of a day in intensive therapy for covid patients.

“It is not the same that they tell you to see it with your own eyes”, said an 18-year-old medical student from the University of the Basque Country.

“I wanted to know what was there beyond the daily figures that are offered to us on hospital admissions. It was a hit of reality Oihana Zabala, a final year psychology student, told Basque radio. I was quite impressed, more than I thought. Seeing such unprotected and weak people fighting the virus, the involvement of health personnel trying to save their lives, was very hard. “

“I think young people We are not aware about what’s going on in hospitals, ‘said another student. Seeing this makes me think what it implies every time I take off my mask (chinstrap) in the street.

“On television we see numbers but you don’t think of people,” another boy reflected. For example, 44 people. But those 44 people have relatives, friends, people who love them. Come and see what it is, it is truly a reality bath. “

In September, the youth group from between 15 and 29 years old represented the Higher percentage infected in Spain: 24 percent of the total positives in Covid-19. The average age of those infected was 38 years.

Spain has more than 1.6 million infected since the coronavirus began to spread here, at the end of January. And the cumulative incidence of the disease, although in decline, is still worrying: there are 325 infected people for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Adolescents and young people will be the population group that, according to the strategy proposed by the Spanish Ministry of Health, could participate in mass vaccination against the coronavirus during the European summer, that is, from June Next year.

This Friday, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, repeated that Spain will vaccinate about two and a half million Spaniards between January and March. They will be those who live in nursing homes; the technical and health personnel who assist them; doctors, nurses and aides in general and people with severe disabilities.

Illa pointed out that these groups correspond to the first phase of vaccination. He added that there will be a second, between March and June, and a third, during the summer.

Madrid. Correspondent

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