Emergency doctor Jan Stroobants: ‘This is damage control, the tanker …


The Antwerp emergency doctor Jan Stroobants believes that the stricter corona measures of the Flemish government are coming too late. Infectiologist Erika Vlieghe speaks of an ‘epidemic that has gotten completely out of hand’.

“This is damage control,” he said To the point. ‘The tanker is going to hit the cliffs. Maybe we can take a slight turn and limit the damage. But that we are going to hit the rocks, that is certain for us. ‘

According to Stroobants, the measures had to be taken much earlier. ‘It cannot be blamed on the government alone. We are all responsible for that. ‘

He points out that there is also a group of non-covid patients who also need necessary care. ‘If you have to be admitted to hospital now, you may have to choose who to put where.’

The emergency doctor does not rule out a ‘horror scenario’. ‘We have to choose who should receive the final bed in intensive care.’

Vlieghe: ‘You have to separate people’

Infectiologist Erika Vlieghe thinks stricter measures are necessary, including closing the culture houses. “ Right now – of a totally out of control epidemic – there is no such thing as a perfectly safe protocol, ” she said in The appointment. ‘Any situation where you bring a lot of people together is a risk. You have to separate people. ‘

According to her, lessons have been learned from the lockdown in March. “The fact that people are persistently trying to keep schools open,” she says. ‘As we continued in the exit and eased personal life – and I’m talking about the hospitality industry – you came across situations where things went wrong.’

According to her, the problem in healthcare cannot be solved immediately with all these measures. She hopes that the main tap has now been turned off. ‘That tap should have been closed for weeks. That is my great personal frustration. The later you turn off that tap, the greater the flood. And that flood will still be very big. ‘

Van Ranst: ‘Partial lockdown’

Virologist Marc Van Ranst spoke in VTM News of a partial lockdown. ‘When you look at the entire package, not only for Flanders, but also for Brussels and Wallonia, you have to say that we are in a partial lockdown.’

According to the virologist, the next two weeks will be crucial to get the numbers down. ‘Everyone is on the same page. The house is on fire, we now have to work hard like Flandriens. ‘

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