The fifth wave of the coronavirus in Spain continues with the upward trend, although with an increasingly slow increase. In the last update of the Ministry of Health the increase compared to the previous day was 18 points, for a total cumulative incidence of 677 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The gaze, according to the data, is on the youngest, who are the group in which the vaccination is less advanced.
Young people aged 30 and under have the highest incidence in the last two weeks: 1,623 cases in the age range 12 to 19 and 1,883 cases between 20 and 29 years. It is precisely these groups that concern Margarita del Val, one of the most recognized voices in Spain from the start of the health emergency. The CSIC virologist and immunologist has called “protect young people from the coronavirus”, being one of the “most important risk groups” for the amount of population they represent.
The expert, during a summer course at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), has indicated that now the main indicator will not be hospital pressure. “Until now we have been fighting the virus because it affected us all at the same time, and the health system was collapsing. We have been fighting to protect the elderly, the risk groups. “
Problems in young people
During his speech, he urged to protect the most important risk groups, “which right now are young people because it is still a very large population.” In relation to this, he has indicated that there will be some silent outbreaks and highlights a sequel that COVID can generate among the youngest. “About 10% may have concentration and memory problems. Depending on how severe and how durable they are they can compromise their life as students and their future life, so we have to study that well. “
Finally, Del Val has revealed the little support in the form of budgets that scientific research receives, as well as a lack of investment, stability and flexibility. “You have to water it for it to flourish.”