The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, said on Monday that she is studying how to better protect older people and that one of the solutions could be the incorporation of a primary care medical service in residences.
In an interview on Onda Cero collected by Efe, Ayuso stated that, given that there will be outbreaks of coronavirus over the course of a year or two, the Community has launched a campaign aimed at strengthening residences and will work with the recently appointed Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero.
In his opinion, the residences, which until now offered only accompaniment, should offer health care and, for this, they may be reinforced with primary care, in collaboration with the geriatric services of public hospitals.
Regarding the de-escalation, he has advocated a return to the street “without restrictions but with precautions”, adding that “there would have been practically not much difference” in the move from the Community of Madrid on Monday to phase 1 or next week.
“I disagree with how the government has been concerned with reorganizing our freedoms, rather than how to procure them,” said the regional president. “In the end, the more the people’s lives are regulated, the more nonsense is created,” he said of the way in which the Executive of Pedro Sánchez has decided to de-escalate.
However, he has reiterated that from now on “individual responsibility” in de-escalation will be important. Given the impossibility of staying at home “eternally” confined, the need to maintain social distance and self-protection with masks will be essential, of which the Community is studying the possibility of making their use compulsory in closed spaces.
Ayuso pointed out that the masks might not be mandatory in open places, such as a park while walking, but they do in closed rooms and in proximity to other people as “a fundamental way of not spreading the virus.”
Regarding the FFP2 masks that are beginning to be distributed this Monday in 2,900 Madrid pharmacies and that have been criticized by some sectors, he stated that they were chosen “because they protect excessively”, as they avoid spreading and also contagion.
He explained that this is a mask “recommended for people in the line of fire” of the coronavirus, and has guaranteed that the FFP2 will be available to health personnel because the Community has acquired 33 million masks with its own funds and plans to buy more .