In addition to the problem caused by increased social mobilityBecause it is leading to an increase in infections, trackers are encountering a particularly worrying barrier to locating those potentially affected by the virus. The younger population is not telling them the truth about the close contacts they maintain, so they cannot trace the connections between infections. “Many do not tell us who they have been with to prevent their friends from having to be quarantined for ten days,” Rivero highlights. Who, in this sense, asks for the maximum collaboration of the population, in order to stop the chain of transmission of the virus. The tracker explains that there are patients who even ask them not to give their names, but when they start to “pull the thread” they end up fitting all the pieces together and linking shoots.
Young people do not reveal the name of their contacts to prevent them from doing the quarantine
“We live a kind of syndrome of the Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, we are celebrating the victory before winning the match,” explains the tracker. Although the advance vaccination plan in the Canary Islands, it is still necessary to maintain health prevention measures, because vaccinated people can become infected and become a source of contagion. “We are facing a very symptomatic wave and people are associating the symptoms with the typical summer flu when, in reality, they are symptoms of covid and they continue leading a normal life, ”says Rivero.
The irresponsibilities that trackers have detected since the start of the health crisis are endless. From people who go to mass parties with symptoms, to families who do not cancel celebrations because they already had them organized, infected people who go out to do the shopping or who intend to travel outside their island. This type of infraction is considered a serious offense and may have penalties ranging between 3,001 euros and 60,000 euros. “We have heard of a person who presented himself for the driver’s license being positive, because he already had the appointment,” reveals Rivero, who details that the average age of the offenders is between 15 and 35 years.
“We have heard of an infected person who showed up for a driving license,” reveals Rivero
“The population has to be aware that if they go to a party with 20 people and test positive, they not only have to track their contacts, but also the contacts that those 20 people have maintained during the last day,” Rivero explains. When the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) confirms a contagion, the work of the trackers begins, who have had to reinforce their teams with personnel from the Ministry of Defense, given the increase in infections. Not only do they talk to infected patients to try to cut the chain of transmission, but they also follow up with them and call them every 24 or 48 hours, according to the profile of the patient, to monitor their symptoms. “There are times when we call the infected and hear noise from outside. In these cases, we contact the local police who help us locate them, since over time we have worked on the creation of a small network to try to control everything, ”says Rivero.
According to the current protocol, people who have the complete vaccination regimen do not need isolation, but there is a PCR on the first day and another on the seventh, since its contagion capacity is not so high. However, remember the tracker, they are advised to take precautions and avoid going to places where there are crowds.
Curfew to stop contagion
The Supreme Court has to rule before Friday on whether the Canary Islands can impose a curfew in the municipalities with the highest incidence of infections. The Government of the Canary Islands considers that the restriction of mobility between 00:30 and 06:00 is a fundamental tool to stop the spread of the virus. The Prosecutor’s Office ruled in favor of applying this measure in municipalities that have a cumulative incidence in 14 days above 154 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. For the Public Ministry, night confinement “has a direct and immediate impact on social interaction, which is at the base of the spread of infections, compared to less vigorous alternative measures.” The appeal was presented by the regional Executive after receiving the rejection of the Administrative Litigation Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) to the application of this measure to fight against the spread of infections, which has been marking weeks record figures for the entire pandemic in the Canary Islands. The TSJC considered on July 14 that it was not proven that the pandemic situation “represented such a serious or imminent danger” that it could not be faced “with less restrictive ordinary means”, despite the fact that the curfew requested by the The Canary Islands Government also had the support of the prosecution at that time.