More than 650 professionals participated in the latest conferences organized by SEPEAP to become interested in the latest knowledge and advances in vaccines against Covid. The virologist Raúl Ortiz de Lejarazu was in charge of starting the conference by explaining where and how the virus has reached the current situation, how bats influence the spread of coronavirus through other animals and recalled that the SaRS-COV-2 It is the seventh known coronavirus, and the oldest ones go back centuries. Dr. Ortiz de Lejarazu explained why children are infected in a milder way than adults.
Dr. Marcos López de Hoyos, president of the Spanish Society of Immunology He recalled that antibodies should not be used for diagnosis. He also stated that antibodies have been shown to remain in the body for at least 7 months, possibly longer, and recommended that those with antibodies should be the last to be vaccinated, although as the researcher Federico Martinón would later affirm, this aspect should only be implemented if you don’t stop the vaccination. “The sooner we all get vaccinated, including children, the sooner COVID and its variants will end”. This statement by López de Hoyos coincides with that made by Federico Martínón, who completed the statement by explaining that viruses usually mutate about 24 times a year, but that this does not nullify the effectiveness of vaccines, but rather slightly reduces them.
Martinón made an updated review of the vaccines that are being carried out, where he highlighted that among the 180 candidates, 4 vaccines had already been approved in Europe, and 4 had been abandoned, while 80 of them were already in the human testing phase. Of the 200 million vaccines administered, he highlighted that there were only 4.7 cases of anaphylaxis per million vaccinated in the Pfizer vaccine and 2.5 per million cases in Moderna. The data showing the results of vaccination give a high percentage of effectiveness and are drastically reducing hospitalizations and severe cases of the disease. “The effectiveness of vaccines is excellent news when one year has not yet passed since the declaration of the pandemic by the WHO.” He also highlighted that vaccine side effects are more common in women than men.
Dr. José María Eiros Bouza gave information on direct detection tests for SARS-Cov-2 and advanced how the most common strain in Europe is the one that left Spain, although now the South African, British and Brazilian variants have taken hold. of normal mutations of any virus.
Primary care pediatrician Reyes Mazas recalled the effects of COVID-19 in the pediatric population and how its manifestations were generally mild and even more related at this time to injuries with hydroalcolic gel and the negative effects of confinement. Dr. Gortázar, from the hospital setting, recounted her experience with the disease in the hospital and how most of the children had mild symptomsand the most serious suffered a multi-organ inflammatory syndrome, similar to that of Kawasaki. Dr. Andrés Fernández, family doctor in Primary Care in Cantabria, who reminds us of the protocols and measures taken in Primary Care centers to deal with COVID. Dr. De la Flor and nurse Raúl Ayala also analyzed the response of health centers to manage the pandemic and the treatment of their patients.
Dr. Reinhard Wallmann, epidemiologist responsible for public health of the government of Cantabria, was in charge of showing how the Coronavirus data was obtained and worked in an autonomous community and how the treatment of these statistical data gives the opportunity to anticipate actions and improve the response of public health systems. These data show, among other things, that the vaccination of people over 65 years of age in residences has caused their hospitalizations to be less than those of the population that does not live in them.
The final part of the conference included aspects of this pandemic that have affected the changes in the organization of the professionals’ work, a trivia question to evaluate the knowledge acquired and a coaching session with the nurses Silvia Bernárdez and Belén Rubira to deal with a fundamental aspect during this time, which has been the emotional impact of the pandemic.
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