On the occasion of the Christmas celebrations there was a veritable avalanche in pharmacies to buy antigen tests. The sale of antigen tests against COVID-19 continued to grow (more than 19.9%) in the week of December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 compared to the previous week, reaching a new record at the end of the year, according to data from the IQVIA consulting firm, which states that Spanish pharmacy offices sold a total of 8,501,243, of which 195,419 were in the Canary Islands.
Many people were able to verify that, despite not having symptoms, or at least that they were clearly manifested, they were positive for COVID. The asymptomatic patients thus became a problem for the health system, unable to absorb such a large number of people who needed their attention.
“We will have to be vigilant and see how the health system is going to absorb this situation. What we demand is that the administration improves the management of asymptomatic patients and close contacts, since they are the ones that are collapsing the health centers, “he said in the microphones from COPE Tenerife Yvelise Barrios, immunologist at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias.
On the other hand, he explained the need to be aware that “a very high percentage will experience mild illness” without “placing themselves in the scene of the pandemic prior to vaccines.” Barrios has asked to remain calm and follow some basic instructions: “If you do not have symptoms but you have tested positive for antigens, you just have to isolate yourself, notify all those contacts who may have had and remain calm.”