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Hospital administrators warned this Wednesday that hospitals are having difficulty completing the scales because they have many professionals infected with covid-19 and that the pressure remains high in the shortage of emergencies.

According to the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH), the pressure in emergencies “has reduced slightly, but remains high”, due to the lack of response in primary health care and in the Health line24.

“The pressure [nas urgências] reduced a little in the last week, especially when compared to the week after Christmas, when demand records were broken, but there is still a high pressure”, Xavier Barreto, from APAH told Lusa, adding: “This has been the main difficulties, more than the management of inpatients”.

The official also underlined the great difficulty that hospitals have had in completing the scales, not only because many professionals with children had to stay with them with the extension of school holidays, but also because many others are infected and complying with isolation.

“It is a huge challenge and it has been a very serious problem, in all areas”, he underlined.

Xavier Barreto admits that the period of isolation for those who do not have symptoms and have the complete vaccination, including the booster dose, could have been differentiated during the review carried out by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), which reduced the number of days to seven days. period of isolation of asymptomatic positives and ended isolation for cohabitants of positive cases who have completed vaccination with a booster dose.

“In France, for example, doctors are allowed to continue working if they test positive, as long as they have a booster dose”, he exemplified.

“I am not an epidemiologist, but from the conversation I have with some epidemiologist colleagues and public health doctors, I believe that there could have been a differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated, especially those vaccinated with the booster dose”, he added.

Xavier Barreto said that at the hospital where he works – at Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de São João – there are situations of asymptomatic professionals who end up discovering, in routine tests, that they are positive, but there are also professionals vaccinated and with a booster dose and who have symptoms”.

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