Although the dates may be random, Dr. Carla VisetteLast Monday, the Minister of National Health announced during the meeting of the Federal Council of Health portfolio officials that On that day, the “fourth wave of Covid-19” began in Argentina.a trend that is being replicated in many countries in the region and finds respondents and residents “in a completely different situation” from the situation recorded in March 2020.
Appeal to draw attention regarding the deterioration Epidemiological scene It reminds us of something we don’t want to assume: this is not the time for victory singing, although society is showing signs of fatigue and even boredom, as evidenced by the growing anxiety on the part of society. Who is the The deterioration of mental health as a result of the severe restrictions of 2020.
A year and a half ago, daily reports of injured and dead shook the evening news on a daily basis. Seldom have accounts in recent history been relevant to such a large part of the population. Clinging to the numbers, we had a feeling we were on the safe side, where the measures applied seem to have a certain degree of scientific rigor to combat the disease with more questions than certainty. Perhaps this was the last time he observed the real world with a degree of clarity rarely seen.
But for humanity, which has become largely confined here and in China again, that stage has been buried and that is why today there are thousands of people who are tired of the extreme rationality imposed by the virus, the charges and the wise preventive measures.
The epidemic is not over yet. In fact, infections grew by about 27% in a week in the entire Americas region, according to the American Health Organization (PAHO), due to the relaxation and new mutations of the virus. Despite this, no official is seriously considering the quarantine proposal. It would be like signing a sentence and walking to the stake.
Reported infections are growing rapidly. However, faced with the arrival of a new wave of COVID-19The reaction in the streets, squares and public transport is Take off the mask and stop counting. It looks this way: little attention anymore to counting cases and deaths. Hence, the PAHO’s recommendation, made just hours ago, seems very simple: we must increase surveillance, maintain public health measures, and continue to promote vaccination. The message comes with a warning: Hospital beds should not be neglected in the face of a potential influx of patients.
You cannot know what is not measured The unknown is, plain and simple, the land of the unknown. Ignorance makes us erroneously conclude that the epidemic is over and the risks, therefore, are a matter of statisticians or mathematicians.
Because we stopped counting, the virus ceased to exist. Here is the triumph of magical thinking.
* Mookie Tenembaum international philosopher and analyst