Epidemiologist Predrag Kon said yesterday that we were “late in taking action” and appeared quite surprised by that statement. A day later, we were asked exactly what he meant, which is what we could have avoided if we had reacted earlier. We know that another proposal for new measures for workers in the crisis is also pending.
– We are certainly late in implementing more restrictive measures. Not only the medical part of crisis workers is involved in this. The first warning about the application of the new measures began in mid-October. Since November 6, the Medical Section of Crisis Workers has proposed more restrictive measures. On the other hand, there is a serious argument in terms of the economic aspect … When all the workers in the crisis do not accept some measures, they all simply have their share of responsibility – said Dr. Kon yesterday as a guest of H1.
He then added that it was clear that the situation was not yet properly understood.
– The story of controlling the measures taken began in July. It was said that the first one would be implemented, so it was in force, so the law had to be changed – he said.
Asked today by “Blic” what he meant when he said that the measures already introduced are too late, Kon said on November 6 that doctors in the Crisis Sheet, who had a much smaller number of newly infected people every day, had for the first time asked to reduce their working hours to 18 hours. yours.
We can’t separate …
– Yes, we arrived late with the measures. But it had to be that way. We are the medical component of the crisis workers, we cannot be divided and we also think about the economy. We are proposing the most useful from the medical point of view, and the Government is also responsible for the economy. The numbers exploded and we wanted to warn you of that, ”Kon told Blic.
However, he added, those who follow the economy say, “Every day is important, the longer it lasts … We will fail if we introduce these measures.”
– These are also arguments – explains Kon, but noted that when someone looks at the overall decision and then only links it to the medical section of Crisis staff, it is “briefly rude”.
When it comes to questioning whether these measures make sense today, the medical staff of the crisis believe that Dr. Conn thinks everything makes sense when they were not taken at the time of the answer.
The measures taken certainly yield results, and he stressed that if the figures were not taken, they would be even worse, but it is clear that they are not enough.
Another proposal for crisis workers “waiting”
According to him, the Medical Section of the Crisis Staff proposed stricter measures on 20 November, ie shortening working hours until 17:00 in all facilities carrying out service activities (hairdressers, beauticians, etc.), except in grocery stores.
That proposal, he says, is “waiting.”
However, he says he cannot oppose government assessments and decisions because he is part of the Crisis staff:
– I’m against it, I have to leave the crisis workers, because in this situation I consider it a desertion – Conn is clear.
He noted that what has been done so far is estimated to be the best in this situation.
– All right, go ahead. He said that all citizens, residents can help and that masks are a barrier to the virus.
There is no division within the profession
Our epidemiologist points out that all the people in the Crisis Staff medical department have built their careers and for them it means absolutely nothing to the Crisis Staff “sitting”, not participating in government, but doing their job as best they can at this difficult time. and to be attacked “from both sides”.
He pointed out that the Workers ’Crisis functioned as a body, as support for the state, and not as an opponent of the state, and he feels that there are those who did not understand this.
Within the profession, he says, there is no division:
– There is a fictitious debate about the division of the profession itself. It does not exist. Our opponent here is the virus. No division is possible and I do not support it. I accept all criticisms that are realistic, and I reject those that are not – Kon said.