Dr. Tsioutis: To stop the discussion for laboratory testing of the entire population

"A year later and we are talking about a restart without even applying what we should have learned"

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To finally stop the discussion about laboratory testing of the whole population, says the Head of the Advisory Scientific Committee, Professor Dr. Tsioutis, pointing out that it is excessive, unprofitable, destructive and does not replace simple measures that are clearly more efficient and do not create false alarms.

In a post on twitter, Professor Tsioutis notes that "a year later we are talking about a restart but without even applying what we should have learned".

He states that "smart 'views (including my own) are heard, but two inefficient tendencies prevail:… those who" patent "the obvious and those who show a superficial disposition to apply (without understanding) in order to open" .

He points out that the obvious things we should have already implemented are:

- Work from home where possible. Unbelievable, he notes, that it should have become mandatory or that we continue and talk about the complete abolition of work from home.

- Real adaptation of spaces. Unfortunately, this, he says, has only been understood as the maximum number of people per sq.m. But there is a need for real adaptation of spaces based on the activity, flow and mobility of the world, ventilation, e.g. single direction of world flow in retail areas, permanent and stable grouping of staff, substantial modification of air conditioning units to ensure optimal air flow and reduce dispersion.

- Exploitation of outdoor areas. Whether climatic conditions affect dispersion is debatable, but outdoors the dispersion is certainly lower. As the weather improves, we have to see how we can take advantage of the outdoors without exception.

- Mask: an important measure of personal protection, but its effectiveness has to do mainly when we wear it properly (we have not even seen it improve), the frequency of the disease, the space (eg closed, quality of ventilation), the degree of overcrowding.

- "Education" in personal protection. You do not need specialized courses on how to take care of yourself. We know how the virus is transmitted from person to person and we know who is at greater risk of ending up in hospital if they catch it.

"Let us understand them, ς let us apply them in our daily life: Careful choice with whom we will come in close contact (social circle), -distances, masks, we avoid crowds and places with many people, if we present symptoms we remain limited and talk to a doctor" , concludes Dr. Tsiotis.