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Dozens of staff at Athens biggest hospital tested positive, patients visitors banned

At least 92 members of the medical and nursing staff in Greece’s biggest hospital Evangelismos in Athens have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days. The infected staff is sent to quarantine at home, while the management banned patients visitors for two weeks.

Evangelismos Hospital has restricted visitors for the next two weeks to emergency cases only, following coronavirus infections of doctors and nurses.

Of 3,400 staff at one of the major hospitals in Athens, 92 have contracted coronavirus. On Tuesday, 57 doctors and nursing staff will go into five-day isolations, while another 35 are returning from isolation, the hospital manager told media..

Hospital manager Anastasios Grigoropoulos told state-run news agency amna yesterday that a similar ban on visits was imposed in the past as well, to prevent transmitting the virus to patients.

He clarified that the medical staff were not infected at the hospital but in the community at large.

He added that many non-Covid patients contract the virus while being treated in hospital, testing negative when they are admitted and positive a few days later.

He said more members of the medical staff could end up infected causing even greater difficulties in the operation of the hospital.

Banning visits to non-Covid patients has a severe impact to patients depending on the help of their relatives for simple acts like eating, going to the bathroom, cleaning etc as these duties to provide help to are not part of the nursing staff in Greek hospitals since …always.

The situation has worsened since the government suspended a total of 6,000 hospital workers since last September for being unvaccinated.

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  1. Why do the protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that did not protect the protected in the first place? Or are citizens not allowed to ask anything anymore, just being forced to compliance to the point of loosing those most basic liberties our forefathers fought for with their blood?

  2. Judging by what is happening in the UK, where Omicron is well ahead of Greece, it has changed the balance of risk significantly for the healthcare system. With previous variants the biggest risk was that COVID cases would occupy too many beds, especially ICU beds, so that patients in need of treatment would not be able to get it because of this type of overload.

    With Omicron the illness “seems” to be less severe and those who do go into hospital spend less time there and put less demand on ICU BUT it spreads so fast that a large number of healthcare staff will be at home self isolating because of a positive test so staff shortage is now the bigger risk.