10:30 / 06.05.2020.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Capak: We have to be careful that there is not a second wave

(Photo: HRT)

(Photo: HRT)

Foto: - / HRT

“This is the most intense period in my life, this is not easy to endure mentally, but we do our best, we work and we do not intend to stop until we fully resolve the situation,” said Krunoslav Capak, the Director of the Croatian Public Health Institute and a member of the Civil Protection Headquarters for Croatian Television this morning.

“I miss some peace. This is pretty tense all together. When I get home, I read portals and follow the news,” he added.

Capak says that since the epidemiologically situation has been favourable, the pressure has been huge, criticism has started and everyone would now like everything to be allowed at once. He explained that it is difficult to balance everything, but they making efforts and trying to be fair, however they do not know how all the activities work, so they happen to skip some, which is a problem.

“We try to sort things out in phases. We must not allow everything now and we must not permit things as they were before - it is very important that we stick to the basic epidemiological measures, added Krunsolav Capak.

(Photo: HRT)

(Photo: HRT)

Foto: - / HRT

He emphasized that physical distancing and decreased mobility led to a favourable epidemiological situation. Capak says everyone afraid of an increase in the number of newly infected, they mointor the situation all day and share data.

Asked how they make decisions about easing restrictive measures, since coronavirus is still present, Capak said that our epidemiological situation is compared to others, models are created, estimates are made on how many possible cases we could have, and for us the number of people infected by one person who has coronavirus is favourable.

Based on this, they evaluate whether they can relax measures and also estimate how many people are in self-isolation because it is a pool from which they can potentially recruit people that test positive. He added that this is not what epidemiologists, they give their estimates. The government has told ministries to prioritize what helps the economy and people in doing their day-to-day activities, with the least epidemiological risk.

(Photo illustration: pixabay)

(Photo illustration: pixabay)

Foto: - / Pixabay

"We have had a lot of success and we have to make sure that there is no second wave because it threatens us with the virus being here,” he added.

Capak urges citizens to be aware that the virus is still present and to adhere to measures.

“Quarantine is good for stopping the rapid and quick spread of infection but it is not sustainable. People and social life cannot function in quarantine,” added Capak.

He explained that quarantine is impossible for a longer time, so now they are easing measures. He said if the virus retains the characteristics it has now, it will likely return in the fall. He adds that it is not impossible to have an effective drug by then.

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have a favourable epidemiological situation, Capak believes that this is due to good epidemiology schools and public health.

“We have awaited this epidemic ready, we handled it well, but the time of analysis will follow, especially if we can beat the virus,” said Capak.

He said cafes and restaurants, hotels, kindergartens and schools are now the focus, and sports competitions are being discussed intensively. In collaboration with gyms and fitness centers, they will make recommendations.

(Photo illustration: pixabay)

(Photo illustration: pixabay)

Foto: - / Pixabay

Capak noted that we will certainly go to the beaches, but the question is how will tourism be organized - it will not be as it was, there will be no crowds on the beaches.

“There will be utility wardens or beach owners who will make sure there is no physical contact on the beaches,” he explained, adding that there will be physical distance as long as the virus is present - it will no longer be towel to towel.

“We are easing things on all sides, but we can't let everything go at once. Everything is discussed, added Capak.

Source: HRT

Vijesti HRT-a pratite na svojim pametnim telefonima i tabletima putem aplikacija za iOS i Android. Pratite nas i na društvenim mrežama Facebook, Twitter, Instagram i YouTube!