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24 March 2020

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Video streaming 1: Covid-19 pandemic. Socio-Economic Impact and Communication

24 March 2020

We launch an online content program to cope with the confinement and teleworking days, and to feed the intellect.

We started these series with a live video session entitled “Covid-19 Pandemic. Socio-Economic Impact and Communication”, in collaboration with ISGlobal and Future Health Club with the goal of discovering what’s happening and what will come with the Covid-19.

Streamed on Thursday, March 19th, more than 1,500 people followed this talk conducted by three experts in global health: Rafa Vilasanjuan, Director Communication, Policy & Global Development of ISGlobal; Jose Muñoz Gutiérrez, Associate Research Professor (ISGlobal) and Head of the International Health service of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; and Joan Bigorra, Innovation Director of ISGlobal and Senior Advisor on Innovation of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

Joan Bigorra, Innovation Director of ISGlobal and Senior Advisor on Innovation of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona moderated the session.

“We must analyze the practices of the countries that were initially affected and that have managed to decrease the cases, such as Singapore, South Korea and the Italian city of Vo’Euganeo. Tracking the cases and managing the situation with quarantine and isolation was relevant in these countries, but the key was knowing who was infected and who was not”.

“At the socioeconomic level, we need communication, leadership, transparency, technology innovation, and business models that manage time…”

“It is also necessary to apply crisis management strategies and know how to deal with this situation from a psychological point of view. Not to cater the most basic needs now can have important consequences.”

José Muñoz Gutiérrez, head of the International Health area of Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

“The current situation at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is hard. We have conventional hospital wards that are being occupied by patients with coronavirus. Many sick people are being move to the ICU. We are not clear about the extent of the infection, but we sense that many people on the street are infected and that we will occupy more beds in the ICU.”

“Society wants to help. First, if you are at home you are already helping. We are horrified to see the subway full, the roads full… Street are flooded with people. And a percentage of them will end up in the ICU, which means that we will need more beds and resources. We need to prevent people from getting infected.”

“It is not only a matter of health workers. Alone we cannot do this. We need engineers, startups, politicians… everyone is involved. Research is now more important than ever. We cannot afford to be in the same situation in a few months.”

“It is not only a matter of health workers. Alone we cannot do this. We need engineers, startups, politicians… everyone is involved. Research is now more important than ever. We cannot afford to be in the same situation in a few months.”

“We need artificial intelligence, advanced statistics to analyze data in real time and understand which patients are going to be marked to go the ICU and which are not.”

“We must fight disinformation on social media and strive for an emotional, physical and social well-being. The majority of the things people use to do in person, can now be done online. If this doesn’t change, the consequences of the disease will go far beyond this year.”

“Innovation is key to manage the welfare of patients.”

Rafa Vilasanjuan, Director Communication, Policy & Global Develompent de ISGlobal

“We have never had before this amount of information of any other disease. People who are not linked to the world of science, research, etc. are reporting about our situation without having any knowledge. We are hearing false and baseless information, and this is worrying us.”

“We are facing an exceptional situation as never before in our generation”

“Historically and culturally, China had a very obedient population. Citizens of China obey without the need to impose a series of laws. On the other hand, in western societies we obey when there is communication. As soon as it is capable of changing attitudes, we will have people at home instead of on the street, subway, etc. So, we ask for very clear instructions. Good communication is the only resource that will make it possible for people to stay at home and understand what we have to do”.

“Mathematical models should not be an information resource for people who do not know how to process them. They are a tool for professionals in the scientific field, not for general communication. We need more processed messages.”

“If we believe everything that comes from social networks, we are going to live this disease very badly.”

 

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