Barcelona Coronavirus February 2020 - Daily Updates and Advice for Visiting Groups
Saturday 29 February 2020
Two more coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia this morning: a woman from Girona who travelled to Italy and a man from Sant Cugat, who was in contact with another of the cases already confirmed. Reports suggest two of the 6 infected in Catalonia are doctors. Apparently neither of them have been infected through their medical assistance work.
Friday 28 February 2020
A fourth case of coronavirus in Catalonia has been confirmed late today. This is a 58-year-old woman from Sant Cugat del VallÃ¨s, who is hospitalised in a mild state at the Hospital ClÃnic de Barcelona. The woman had been in contact with a positive case in Germany. She joins three other patients with mild symptoms of coronavirus isolated at the hospital and 'evolving favourably.'
Researchers at a specialised hospital in Milan have managed to isolate the Italian version of the new coronavirus. "The epidemic is not new in the country and the virus has been circulating inadvertently for several weeks, before the first confirmed cases of the disease," said Professor Massimo Galli, a leader of the research team.
Thursday 27 February 2020
A third case has been reported in Barcelona today. This is a 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who visited the Italian city of Milan, between February 19 and 25, and then travelled to Barcelona. Once in the Barcelona, she went to the Hospital ClÃnic de Barcelona, where she is isolated in a mild state. Her close contacts are currently being studied.
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Our risk assessment for infection of coronavirus in Barcelona is currently 'low', with caution advised in crowded areas, e.g. public transport, markets. Students should bring hand sanitiser (plenty of regular hand cleaning and avoiding touching the face recommended) and face masks (pro-active caution) in case the alert level rises. Official advice is that the risk varies according to the identified cases and that in the points where there are no positive cases the risk is low or very low.
So far there has been no contagion in Barcelona so protocols 'in phase 1, the containment phase' are being maintained. These focus only on the early detection of the possible infected. Everything is prepared in case the alert level is increased if an outbreak arises. In that case 'similar measures would be taken' to those implemented by other countries, such as Italy. There are two cases in Barcelona at the moment, both infected Italians returning from recent trips to Northern Italy. The first patient went to the Hospital ClÃnic de Barcelona on Monday, where she is currently in isolation. Clinically, she is well and has symptoms such as the flu. Her close contact group of 25 are in home isolation. The second case reported this morning (Wednesday) is a 22 year old man, with 8 close contacts under home quarantine.
The authorities here are avoiding alarmism, and news media tend to be very supportive in this respect. The College of Pharmacists of Barcelona have announced this morning that healthy people who do not provide care for coronavirus patients do not need to wear masks.
If any individuals develop coronavirus symptoms (fever, dry cough) while in Spain, the instructions are to immediately self-isolate, dial 061 and await a visit to their hotel room by medical personnel for testing.
We will update this page as further information is received.
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After Wuhan's closure measures, later extended to much of China, the dynamics of the epidemic changed in the city of origin. Between January 24 and February 8, the study authors estimate that the percentage of invisible infected people drops to 35%. They also come to light faster. For the first time, the basic reproduction number (R0) of the epidemic, understood as new infections for each infected person while sick, fell to 0.99. It was the first step in controlling the epidemic, although only in Wuhan.
Source: Science Magazine
Source: Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBER)
Source: DiarodeAvisos https://diariodeavisos.elespanol.com/2019/10/6-300-personas-fallecieron-por-la-gripe-la-pasada-temporada/
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sanidad/20200318/recortes-7895906
A December 2019 FACUA report reveals that Catalonia is the Spanish region with the longest wait for a Public Health family doctor appointment. 74% of respondents expect a wait of at least one week.
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sociedad/20191215/catalunya-comunidad-mayor-tiempo-espera-medico-cabecera-7772135