Pedro Cahn It is part of the body of infectious diseases that are consulted by Fernández. And from his home, where he meets his own quarantine, he provided an interview with Telefe News to give details on how the pandemic evolved so far, and what could be expected from now on. It was then that Cristina Pérez, one of the hosts of the newscast, asked Cahn about the fifth extension of the quarantine. And there was a debate after the journalist, as he explained, formulated “Questions that exceed the epidemiological and have to do with the social”.
Perez: —Doctor, when we enter this quarantine phase we will have, if you will, a record. We are going to even overcome Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, in a number of days of quarantine. With this strategy, Argentina is going to go through how many months of quarantine, in slow motion?
Cahn: -I do not know. The truth that I cannot answer that question, Cristina. Having the record of weeks in quarantine is neither good nor bad as we measure it with the main objective, which is to reduce the number of deaths.
Perez: -Sure. But there are merchants breaking, there are people who have no income. Some are not going to die of coronavirus, but they are going to die of something else, let’s say.
Cahn: –I am not a fan of quarantine. I suffer from it. I have to be locked in my house, I have not seen my grandchildren since March 15. I have my brother-in-law and my niece who have a clothing business and have not been working since March 20 and are in financial difficulties, so I feel closely what is happening, and I understand that. Now, the argument that people are going to starve instead of dying of the coronavirus is wrong, because when you see the economic crisis in the United States, a country that did not want to adopt centralized quarantine, it has 40 million unemployed people and it also has a world record in numbers of infected and a very high number of deaths. It is not true that by lifting the quarantine earlier, the economic situation will improve because if people get sick or die, it does not contribute to production either. So, there is no antinomy there.
The doctor specified that from the expert committee The evolution of the pandemic is analyzed in three dimensions: the sanitary one, which is obvious; socioeconomic and individual psychological ”. “And that is what makes us able to lift, as you will have seen and will see even more when the President reports it, in wide sectors of the country a completely white map, without cases. It is possible to control the epidemic ”, he indicated. However, he clarified that he cannot answer when the much feared spike in infections will occur.
Later in the note, and in the same way that the Government has drawn comparisons with other countries such as the United States, Italy, Sweden and Norway, but also Chile and Brazil, the journalist noted the measures taken by the Uruguayan president. Lacalle Pou.
Perez: –Uruguay has managed to control (coronavirus) without quarantine, from the policy of outbreaks of the disease. And the shops are working.
Chan: —The shops are partially working. The Uruguayan government decided to do what they call a voluntary quarantine. They also have no classes at the moment. And it is a completely different reality: they have only one large urban center, Montevideo, and the rest are all small towns, none with more than 500,000 inhabitants. It is difficult to compare with the Argentine situation. We are very happy that Uruguay is doing well. Argentina is doing very well too. They are different strategies for different countries.
Perez: –Being contagious inexorable, and that we are trying to manage them, Shouldn’t we consider a balance with subsistence, which is already generating other problems? Because with this rhythm, the feeling that one has is that we will be quarantined until September. And we are in quarantine without having passed the peak, and if we end up delaying it, it does not end any more, and the economy is going to have a fierce impact. You are the expert; I transfer it with the concern and the emotional, family and economic effects.
Chan: —We have to abandon a central Buenos Aires vision, because many of the things you tell me in the rest of the country are already happening, and they will continue to happen, and activities will continue to expand. We have a problem that exploded in the City of Buenos Aires and the Great Buenos Aries; It is not a uniform situation across the country. No one wants businesses to be closed, and no one is forcing the economy to do poorly.. But I can assure you that the economy would have been worse if we had not done what we did. It could have happened to us from Chile and Brazil. AND let’s hope it doesn’t happen to us.