This Wednesday was presented by the Portuguese Medical Association (OM) and a group of researchers from the Instituto Superior Técnico, a new proposal for the risk matrix of the covid-19 pandemic.

In the draft, sent to the Government, specialists add to the two existing indicators – incidence and transmissibility India (Rt) – three more: deaths, admissions to wards and admissions to intensive care. The objective is to measure the activity of the virus, that is, transmissibility, but also what is the severity of the disease.

However, the Ministry of Health has already made it known that will not touch the matrix before the meeting at Infarmed, scheduled for the 27th of this month.

In declarations to TVI24, Miguel Guimarães, President of the Medical Association, said it is “evident” that new indicators are needed to monitor the effects of the vaccination plan.

Now, at a time when vaccination is having a tremendous effect in the positive direction (…) it is evident that we need a new indicator, which takes into account these various partial indicators and actually gives us , a number that allows us to know what level we are at, whether we are above or below the critical level, so that we can make the best decisions, the best measures for our patients”, he explained.

The specialist said that it is necessary to bear in mind that the current matrix gives results every 14 days and that, at this moment, “it is necessary to anticipate” to be able to “respond correctly to this virus”. For this reason, the proposal presented this Wednesday reflects results in 24 hours, except for the incidence, which is seven days away.

We have more current results, results that allow us to make faster decisions about what are the most effective measures to fight the pandemic.”

The current matrix worked well during a phase of the pandemic, from the moment when we have two new things, on the one hand, vaccination and on the other hand the new variants, we have to completely adapt to the virus”, he added.

Miguel Guimarães recalled that the covid-19 virus “doesn’t go on vacation, nor work only during the week or on the weekend”, so it has to be seen as a permanent threat.

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