Thursday, July 23, 2020

'When blowing out the candles can cost you your life', the Canary Islands' campaign to curb COVID-19 outbreaks in families

Blowing out candles can cost you your life

"A simple family reunion can bring you 40 days in a coma or even death as a gift", is the hard-hitting message that the Canary Islands has chosen to convey to the population that the coronavirus risk is still there. 

The Canary Islands experienced its most important outbreak a few days ago as a result of a family party that ended with eleven infections spread between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. And it's a pattern that's repeated throughout Spain: according to Public Health authorities, 40% of new Covid-19 outbreaks have started like this, where family members have failed to follow the rules on wearing masks or maintaining social distances.

Yesterday, the Canary Islands Government released a one-minute video announcement, in which an older man receives hugs from his relatives, whom he has not seen for a long time, and blows out the candles on his birthday cake. Then he opens his gift and inside is a respirator. In the following image, he is seen lying on a bed in an intensive care unit, tubed, while we hear the rhythmic beeps of the heart monitors. He has contracted Covid-19.

"With this initiative, the Ministry seeks to emphasize the health risks of not following the health instructions in family gatherings," explains the Canary Islands government.

The Canary Islands Health Department insists on the importance of maintaining security measures "such as correct hand hygiene, maintaining the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and the use of masks in closed environments and whenever it's not possible to maintain a safe distance." In addition, he reminds people that "in family gatherings only those members who already live together are exempt from using masks."

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