Corona and flies: where most germs lurk on the plane

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Where most germs lurk on the plane

According to a survey, most passengers on the plane prefer a window seat. There you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the clouds and you can lean better. But what about virus protection?

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MAn can look out, lean against the wall while sleeping and is not disturbed by fellow travelers who climb over you on the way to the toilet – the advantages of a window seat on the plane are obvious. A survey by the flight search engine Skyscanner confirms this: According to this, 60 percent of all passengers prefer a seat by the window, 39 percent prefer to sit in the aisle, only one percent consciously choose the middle seat.

There is another reason that makes the window seats the most popular on the plane: If you sit there and don’t get up on the way, you have the best chance of not catching germs or viruses from other passengers – because statistically you are in contact with fewer other people on board comes as in the other places. An important seat advantage in times of coronavirus.

Specifically, window seat passengers only have contact with an average of twelve people on a flight, while on the middle seat there are 58, and those who sit in the aisle even get 64. The numbers – regardless of the coronavirus – were found by the Fly Healthy Research Team of 2018 Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For the study, passengers and crew members on ten flights to the USA lasting three to five hours were examined.

Where most viruses are transmitted on the plane

The study results partly coincide with a study by the World Health Organization, according to which viruses in aircraft are mainly transmitted where people sit close to each other in the same area of ​​an aircraft – the WHO speaks of a risk of infection within two rows of seats.

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However, the WHO study does not take into account the fact that many people stretch their legs on board, others go to the toilet or rummage in the overhead locker – all of these are further contact and virus transmission options that the American study classifies more realistically.

So what can you do to reduce the risk of infection on the plane? First of all, what you have already learned in kindergarten: Anyone who sneezes or coughs holds a handkerchief to their mouth or sneezes into the crook of their arm. Then you can of course try to reserve a window seat, which in a typical airplane with a central aisle and rows of three seats will only be possible for a third of the guests.

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Otherwise, do not touch anyone on board – if we had the opportunity, we could also get rid of the impolite bumping into the narrow aisle, that would not only be a step forward from a medical point of view, but also a civilizational gain for everyone. You should also refrain from going to the toilet – this reduces the contact with fellow passengers and you don’t even expose yourself to the bacteria and viruses that naturally lurk in the on-board toilet.

How Naomi Campbell protects herself from germs

However, there is another place on the plane that is much more contaminated with germs than the toilet and that every passenger has right in front of their noses: the folding table.

According to the travel planning portal Travelmath, which commissioned a corresponding study in 2018, the bacterial load of an airplane folding table (regardless of whether it is a window seat or not) is around eight times higher than the toilet flush button because the table surface is cleaned much less frequently and less thoroughly. So if you want to be on the safe side, don’t even use the folding table or have a disinfectant with you to sterilize the shelf.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell apparently got wind of the study – at least she confessed in a Youtube clip in 2019 that she puts on disposable gloves before every flight and wipes the table, armrests, remote control and wall paneling with wet wipes.

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“I clean everything I touch, on every plane I get on.” She always wears a face mask on board and she always has her own blanket with her to cover the seat, which she regularly uses after landing Hotel wash.

However, the risk of having too close contact with fellow passengers is manageable with her, because she does not travel in the narrow wood class, but prefers first or business armchairs.

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Can I cancel my trip due to the coronavirus?

Have you already booked your vacation to Tenerife or Milan and want to cancel now? Is the spread of the coronavirus considered force majeure, or is there a right to special termination rights? The lawyer Michael Habeck answers the most important questions.

Source: WELT / Matthias Ludwig

This article was first published in March 2019.

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“Airbus” is planning to operate its aircraft in the manner of a flock of birds

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – There is nothing better than taking nature as a source of inspiration, and for the aerospace industry, scientists and developers are looking to aerodynamics undisputedly: birds.

By spotting flocks of some migratory bird species in the sky, the formations in which the birds fly have become a source of inspiration for researchers at Airbus UpNext, the demonstration platform for future flights of the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus.

"Airbus" It plans to fly its aircraft in the manner of flocks of birds

Migratory birds fly in “V”-shaped flocks to increase their efficiency in flight

A century ago, ornithologists began to explain the theory that birds increase their flight efficiency, by flying in flocks in formations close to each other, taking advantage of the changing airflow in the wings of each bird in the flock.

With this in mind, the “Airbus fello’fly” flight project will involve flying two large commercial aircraft in a “V” position, seeking to imitate the way birds fly in order to increase their efficiency and save energy.

Building on the test flights conducted by both the Airbus ‘A380’ Mega Jet and the ‘A350-900’ widebody aircraft, the ‘fello’fly’ project hopes to demonstrate and measure aerodynamic efficiencies while developing in-flight operating procedures.

Initial flight tests began with two A350s last March. The program will be expanded next year to include the participation of the French company “Bee” and Scandinavian Airlines, as well as air traffic control and air navigation service providers from France, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

Dr. Sandra Burr Schaeffer, Executive Director of the “Airbus UpNext” platform, explained in an interview with CNN that the upcoming flight tests using two “A350” aircraft can achieve fuel savings of between 5% and 10%, which is a huge number.

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Although it might seem easy to just watch a flock of birds to see their energy-saving technique, it is more difficult than imaginable.

Dr. Charles Bishop, from the School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University in Wales, said that birds have been flying in this way for millions of years, but the problem lies in the inability of scientists to conduct experiments to understand this method.

Nevertheless, Bishop cited a landmark paper published in 2001 in the international weekly “Nature”, study author and researcher Henry Weimmerskirche with his team gaining access to pelicans, known in the avian community to be the best at forming a regular flock.

Technically, this study is the only one to show direct evidence of an energy-saving benefit rather than theories of aerodynamics, Bishop said.

Weimerskirche was able to place heart rate monitors on birds. According to Bishop, late-back pelicans seem to save their energy.

The flow of air over the surfaces of the birds’ wings generates air vortexes, and if a bird flies directly behind the front bird in the middle, the direct air direction for it from these vortices will be downward, and this will increase the resistance force on the back bird and thus will have to generate additional energy to overcome it.

But if the bird flies at a certain distance from the right or the left of each wing, the direction of the air coming on it will be due to the swirls upward, and it leads to a decrease in that resistance, and thus it will save the energy expended to fly and lead to an increase in the flight range of the bird before feeling exhausted.

And the back bird must move its wings against the direction of the bird in front of it in order to benefit from the direction of the whirlpools.

Like pelicans, two A350s will make a long-haul flight to demonstrate that the concept of “wake-energy recovery” is achievable.

Burr Scheffer said they need to direct the pilots in order to properly position the two planes.

Autopilot systems will be required to maintain the correct position of the two aircraft, reduce the burden on pilots and ensure a comfortable flight for passengers by avoiding turbulence.

Measures will be tested to enable the two aircraft to coordinate their locations near each other.

And Port Scheffer indicated that they need to make sure that the aircraft can fly close to each other, stressing, “We will never compromise on safety.”

Once the concept of wake energy recovery has been demonstrated, operational considerations have yet to be resolved.

According to Port Schaeffer, air traffic service providers and government aviation agencies will need to be persuaded to change regulations to allow aircraft to fly closer to each other than is currently permitted.

Flight planning procedures for aircraft will have to be developed in order to match their paths with those of other aircraft, along with the locations and altitudes required to initiate this type of flight.

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Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: The last giant jets in the sky

TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.

The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.

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Flights in Corona times: How airlines implement the mask requirement

Europe Flying in times of Corona

Airlines have no mercy for mask refusers

It is mandatory to wear a mask on board aircraft. But how do airlines deal with passengers who refuse to do so? A cabin manager reports from TUIfly. And Lufthansa is tightening the requirements for passengers with a certificate.

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THEb out of ignorance, defiance or ideology – many people do not wear a face mask. This type of protection is particularly important in aircraft, because the minimum distance cannot be maintained. The rules of the airlines are clear: wearing a mask is compulsory, except when eating and drinking.

But how does it look in practice? How do you deal with mask refusers on board? Franziska Günther explains that, as cabin manager she is responsible for around 1,400 flight attendants at the TUIfly holiday airline.

“The behavior of the guests is very sensible, most of them support the mask requirement and show consideration for other passengers,” says Günther. Nevertheless, the mask is of course an issue. “We certainly also have guests on board who need a few more tips and who don’t take the topic so seriously. But I cannot confirm that there are mask refusers on every flight. “

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What if a vacationer shows himself unreasonable? “We have an escalation pyramid and a catalog of measures. First we speak to the passenger and inform them in a friendly manner about the mask requirement, ”says Günther. “This is followed by much more emphatic instructions and a warning.”

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If a passenger does not respond to multiple warnings, things get serious: “If the de-escalation does not work, we create a Passenger Disturbance Report, land in between and contact the local authorities, such as the Federal Police,” says Günther, describing the process.

However, this has so far not occurred on any of the around 2000 TUIfly flights since the beginning of the corona pandemic. “We haven’t had anyone on board who didn’t want to put on the mask and whom we had to fish out before take-off,” says Günther.

In that case the machine would roll back to the gate. “The passenger would have to leave the aircraft, his luggage would be unloaded.” That leads to a delay of at least 30 minutes.

TUIfly has so far had mostly positive experiences with passengers when it comes to mask requirements

TUIfly has so far had mostly positive experiences with passengers when it comes to mask requirements

Source: pa / Markus Mainka

In any case, it is rare that someone does not wear a mask at all, reports the airline employee. “Much more often the mask is not put on correctly.” And most of the passengers then reacted to the hint from the crew. “But we also have masks on board, in case someone loses their mask.”

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Even before the start there are announcements about the protective measures and the reduced service on board – among other things, that the mask may only be removed for eating and drinking. And how about the coffee trick? With Günther he doesn’t pull: “You can’t drink your coffee for three hours to be able to take off the mask. We pay attention to that. “

It is well known in aviation that alcohol is not conducive to common sense. Two drunken mask refusers recently rioted on a KLM flight to Ibiza; they were arrested on arrival.

“We have reduced the number of alcohol sold a lot,” says Günther. “In addition, the reduced service prevents a lot of beer or wine from being drunk.” In Corona times, however, you no longer have the typical party guests on board.

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For people with certain medical conditions, it can actually be unreasonable to wear a face mask during a flight. “It happens that we have guests who show a certificate at check-in, at the gate or at the latest on board,” says Günther. Such passengers should be equipped with a visor. At TUIfly, the following applies here: “Anyone who has a medical certificate and a visor can fly with you.”

Lufthansa introduces compulsory testing for passengers with medical certificate

Lufthansa is tightening the mask requirement on board its planes. So far, an informal medical certificate has been enough to avoid having to wear a mouth and nose cover on board. From September 1st, passengers must also present a negative corona test, which must not be older than 48 hours for the scheduled departure.

In addition, certificates must be presented on a Lufthansa form, as the company announced in Frankfurt. The new rules will ensure better protection for all passengers, it said. They apply to all companies in the Lufthansa Group.

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High costs for mask refusers:

  • On board an aircraft, passengers must adhere to the captain’s announcements – also with regard to the mask requirement. “The flight captain has them sovereign power on board and is the official representative of the security authorities, ”says travel lawyer Paul Degott. “He can take all necessary measures for the safety of the crew, passengers and the aircraft.”
  • The activities can be very far-reaching: if a passenger riot, for example in a dispute about wearing the mask, the captain can decide to make a stopover if he sees the safety of the flight at serious risk.
  • “That can get expensive and definitely ruin a passenger financially, ”warns Degott. The airline TUIfly confirms: If you add everything up, additional landing fees, fuel and compensation for follow-up flights could well add up to 50,000 euros.
  • If this decision is made, carry the passenger the blamesays Degott. The captain will have his crew behind him and will always be able to argue why a stopover was necessary. “Rioters usually have bad cards.”

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Aerosol that kills Covid-19 and protects for 7 days is the salvation of the airlines

From this week, AA is already using the new coronavirus weapon to coat all interior areas of the company’s aircraft and airport facilities. In the aeronautical marking they assure that it is the salvation for the industry. Airlines used a variety of products and measures to clean airplanes, with the aim of convincing passengers that it is safe to fly, but the industry is still collapsing from falling demand, which began in April when restrictions were imposed. to travel.

As detailed Maha El-Sayed, Scientific Director of Allied BioScience, the product is applied to any surface and kills all viruses and bacteria that were there, including SARS-CoV-2. But The distinctive thing about this spray is that it maintains the neutralizing effect for a full week, without the need to reapply.

In Latin America the fall in the demand for passenger transport was 95% last July, compared to the same month last year. This is a decrease slightly less than that registered in June, which was 96,6%, according to the report released by the International Air Transport Association (THERE IT IS).

According to IATA, which brings together 290 companies that represent 82% of world traffic, global passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers or RPK) continued at critically low levels, since it was located in the 79,8% below July 2019 levels.

However, The use of the aerosol also generated controversy, because the Trump administration only gave an emergency approval to the novel product.

This discovery was authorized preventively by the US Environmental Protection Agency. “This is an important and groundbreaking announcement for our efforts to combat the coronavirus and Covid-19,” said the EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, in a video conference. “This is an innovative step that is expected to provide more durable protection in public spaces, increasing consumer confidence to resume normal air travel and other activities.”added.

But the measure generates controversy. EPA waivers can only be offered in response to requests from states and other federal agencies, Wheeler recalled. And for now, since the EPA did not give a blanket authorization to SurfaceWise2, the Environmental Agency needs to examine the proposed uses surface by surface.

American Airlines plans to spray 1,000 aircraft with this spray, but it is only licensed for use in Texas. For this reason, it has already campaigned to seek emergency authorizations in other states or within its business borders. “What we really like about SurfaceWise is that it provides continuous protection against most electrostatic products that provide momentary cleaning”Said AA’s chief operating officer, David Seymour, as reproduced by Forbes.

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In parallel, aerosol manufacturer Allied BioScience is seeking broader EPA approval to allow for widespread use of the disinfectant. “This initial EPA approval clears the way to effectively protect people against Covid-19 as a residual solution that has been shown to provide long-term, non-toxic surface protection against viruses, including coronaviruses.”remarked the CEO of Allied BioScience, Michael Ruley.

The same experts clarify that everyone who uses the product must evaluate the durability and effectiveness, and report it. They are particularly interested in antiviral efficacy on coated surfaces that have been exposed to physical touches or abrasion and with treatments with other disinfectants. EPA undertook to review the results of those studies.

“After careful review of available data and information, the agency has determined that the product helps address the current national emergency.”said the head of EPA.

“This product is expected to provide more durable protection in public spaces, increasing consumer confidence to resume normal air travel and other activities.”argued the American scientists who approved the use.

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Ryanair flight escorted by fighter jets, two arrests for terrorism at London airport

Two suspected terrorists were arrested at London Stansted Airport after a flight from Vienna.

LBritish police arrested two men on Sunday when they arrived at London Stansted Airport. They are suspected of terrorism. He is a 34-year-old man from Kuwait and a 48-year-old man from Italy. They arrived in London from Vienna, police said.

Their Ryanair plane was escorted by two fighter jets. A spokesperson for the low-cost airline told the Press Association that the flight team had been alerted “to a possible threat on board.” According to the Daily Express, “suspicious objects” were found in the toilet of the device.

According to a spokesperson for the low-cost airline Ryanair, the crew had been warned of “a potential threat to safety on board”. “In accordance with procedures, the captain notified the British authorities and continued to London Stansted, where the aircraft landed normally.” The passengers were able to disembark “safely”. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the British air force, said two Typhoon fighter jets had been mobilized “to intercept a civilian plane”, which was “escorted to safety to Stansted”.

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Pre-hospital medicine and new health plans for 2021

By Nazarena Torrespolitica@elterritorio.com.ar

The ministers and heads of government agencies continue with the analysis of the resource estimates for 2021, together with the deputies of the Budget Committee. Yesterday was the turn of two pillar ministries in Missions: Energy and Health.

In the first case, its owner, Paolo Quintana, made a presentation in which he detailed that the area will have an increase of 79.76% in reference to what was budgeted for the current year, a considerable increase due to “the allocation of a new special account for public works, of around 190 million pesos, made up of the Provincial Fund for the Development of Electrical Infrastructure ”.

Meanwhile, for the health portfolio, Oscar Alarcón gave a detailed management report and will have around 51.20% increase for the Health Purpose.

Strengthening plan
Minister Alarcón explained the plans that the ministry is facing. Among other things, he mentioned that for next year they are working on the new Misiones Comprehensive Health Plan, referring to primary care. “It covers all programs in a transversal way and what it does is articulate to give people accessibility, equity, quality, with an efficient response,” he said.

At the same time, he affirmed: “What we are looking for with this program is that the people who are cared for at the Caps have the same opportunity as those who go to emergencies at the Hospital Escuela or Samic. For example, if you do not see well or your blood glucose is high, you already leave with the tool in hand, which will make you attend the specialist at the higher level, who is articulated so that you receive the complexity you deserve. And if it can be solved in that place, let it be solved with quality medicine and response ”.

But despite the fact that the main objective is primary care and prevention, Alarcón also announced the Plan to Strengthen the Second and Third Level of Care.

“The strategy that we are going to take is to consider economic aspects, infrastructure, equipment, connectivity so that those who are served in the Samic know that they will receive a response like the one they are looking for in a more complex center. That the province is articulated and that it reaches the places of complexity what must arrive, ”he said.

He anticipated, meanwhile, that for next year “the prehospital medicine technician is scheduled, so that each center in the province has a team that works before arriving at the hospital, not only in catastrophes, but also in traffic accidents” .

Covid and dengue
Alarcón made a specific tour of all the actions that were carried out even before the Covid-19 pandemic became known, highlighting the position of Misiones in terms of prevention and equipment.

“Protocols, health controls, truck driver service stations were enabled, awareness was raised. Imagine that 15,000 returnees passed through Iguazú, with their respective care. In addition, more than a million personal care kits were delivered, because Governor Oscar Herrera Ahuad asked me to buy the equipment even though the quarantine was not defined. I am proud of the team, we continue to be everywhere, we are not going to lower our arms and we are not going to go back a single step, “said Alarcón.

He also affirmed that the laws passed are important, such as the mandatory chinstrap, mentioning that 1,551 fines were issued for improper use or non-use that were received by Public Health.

Another complex issue continues to be dengue in the province, about which Alarcón explained: “We had a peak in week 11 of the epidemiological cycle, which was in March, and in week 28 we were practically two weeks without dengue notifications. There were outbreaks in various towns such as Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Oberá and Andresito, which were the most affected. The DEN-1, DEN-2 and DEN-4 have circulated in the province, with a greater quantity of DEN-1. We took all the notifications as positive and acted accordingly with the blockages, but of the 10,083 notified in the epidemiological period, 1,539 were discarded by the laboratory, ”he said.

In numbers
The official said that there are nine highly complex care centers: Madariaga, Neonatal, Pediatrics, the Samic de Eldorado, Iguazú, Oberá and San Vicente; the Fatima Hospital and the Favaloro Hospital. There are a total of 1,813 beds in public hospitals and the same number in private sanatoriums, totaling 3,600 beds throughout the province. He said there are about 800 critical beds, of which more than 60% are available, and 162 beds with respirators in Level 3 facilities.

In addition, he highlighted the strengthening of the transfer network, with 166 ambulances throughout the province, of which 15 were delivered this year, while there are another 23 in the purchase process. Along these lines, he specified that in Misiones there are 10,840 health agents, including doctors, promoters, community doctors, hired, staff.

Energy funds
Quintana explained that the funds for the Ministry of Energy are destined for “a first part for emergency works in electrical infrastructure, a second for energy development and a third aimed mainly at the equipment necessary to adapt the protections in the electrical networks.”

And he mentioned that work will be done “on the quality of supply, development, energy efficiency and energy learning. From there we are going to work on improving the infrastructure of the provincial interconnected system and on strengthening the preventive maintenance of the networks, which is an important point for the province ”. For which he also considered it important to provide new technologies, networks and a data bank with all cooperatives.

He referred to other relevant works. “We are working on incorporating power into the energy matrix”, which requires “seeing the points that need intervention to increase power and energy through the incorporation of plants. For that we are conducting studies in different parts of the province and energy learning programs oriented to schools ”, he argued.

On this, he named the assistance to technical schools, with led lights, photovoltaic lighting system -to also serve as a learning tool for students-, and the Siembra program, for agricultural schools, in which energy solutions will be provided for al less 40 establishments.

“The objectives are to allow access to safe and reliable energy, improve the quality of supply, promote innovation, application and use of technology for the development and creation of public policies aimed at energy self-sufficiency,” he concluded.

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Pre-hospital medicine and new health plans for 2021

By Nazarena Torrespolitica@elterritorio.com.ar

The ministers and heads of government agencies continue with the analysis of the resource estimates for 2021, together with the deputies of the Budget Committee. Yesterday was the turn of two pillar ministries in Missions: Energy and Health.

In the first case, its owner, Paolo Quintana, made a presentation in which he detailed that the area will have an increase of 79.76% in reference to what was budgeted for the current year, a considerable increase due to “the allocation of a new special account for public works, of around 190 million pesos, made up of the Provincial Fund for the Development of Electrical Infrastructure ”.

Meanwhile, for the health portfolio, Oscar Alarcón gave a detailed management report and will have around 51.20% increase for the Health Purpose.

Strengthening plan
Minister Alarcón explained the plans that the ministry is facing. Among other things, he mentioned that for next year they are working on the new Misiones Comprehensive Health Plan, referring to primary care. “It covers all programs in a transversal way and what it does is articulate to give people accessibility, equity, quality, with an efficient response,” he said.

At the same time, he affirmed: “What we are looking for with this program is that the people who are cared for at the Caps have the same opportunity as those who go to emergencies at the Hospital Escuela or Samic. For example, if you do not see well or your blood glucose is high, you already leave with the tool in hand, which will make you attend the specialist at the higher level, who is articulated so that you receive the complexity you deserve. And if it can be solved in that place, let it be solved with quality medicine and response ”.

But despite the fact that the main objective is primary care and prevention, Alarcón also announced the Plan to Strengthen the Second and Third Level of Care.

“The strategy that we are going to take is to consider economic aspects, infrastructure, equipment, connectivity so that those who are served in the Samic know that they will receive a response like the one they are looking for in a more complex center. That the province is articulated and that it reaches the places of complexity what must arrive, ”he said.

He anticipated, meanwhile, that for next year “the prehospital medicine technician is scheduled, so that each center in the province has a team that works before arriving at the hospital, not only in catastrophes, but also in traffic accidents” .

Covid and dengue
Alarcón made a specific tour of all the actions that were carried out even before the Covid-19 pandemic became known, highlighting the position of Misiones in terms of prevention and equipment.

“Protocols, health controls, truck driver service stations were enabled, awareness was raised. Imagine that 15,000 returnees passed through Iguazú, with their respective care. In addition, more than a million personal care kits were delivered, because Governor Oscar Herrera Ahuad asked me to buy the equipment even though the quarantine was not defined. I am proud of the team, we continue to be everywhere, we are not going to lower our arms and we are not going to go back a single step, “said Alarcón.

He also affirmed that the laws passed are important, such as the mandatory chinstrap, mentioning that 1,551 fines were issued for improper use or non-use that were received by Public Health.

Another complex issue continues to be dengue in the province, about which Alarcón explained: “We had a peak in week 11 of the epidemiological cycle, which was in March, and in week 28 we were practically two weeks without dengue notifications. There were outbreaks in various towns such as Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Oberá and Andresito, which were the most affected. The DEN-1, DEN-2 and DEN-4 have circulated in the province, with a greater quantity of DEN-1. We took all the notifications as positive and acted accordingly with the blockages, but of the 10,083 notified in the epidemiological period, 1,539 were discarded by the laboratory, ”he said.

In numbers
The official said that there are nine highly complex care centers: Madariaga, Neonatal, Pediatrics, the Samic de Eldorado, Iguazú, Oberá and San Vicente; the Fatima Hospital and the Favaloro Hospital. There are a total of 1,813 beds in public hospitals and the same number in private sanatoriums, totaling 3,600 beds throughout the province. He said there are about 800 critical beds, of which more than 60% are available, and 162 beds with respirators in Level 3 facilities.

In addition, he highlighted the strengthening of the transfer network, with 166 ambulances throughout the province, of which 15 were delivered this year, while there are another 23 in the purchase process. Along these lines, he specified that in Misiones there are 10,840 health agents, including doctors, promoters, community doctors, hired, staff.

Energy funds
Quintana explained that the funds for the Ministry of Energy are destined for “a first part for emergency works in electrical infrastructure, a second for energy development and a third aimed mainly at the equipment necessary to adapt the protections in the electrical networks.”

And he mentioned that work will be done “on the quality of supply, development, energy efficiency and energy learning. From there we are going to work on improving the infrastructure of the provincial interconnected system and on strengthening the preventive maintenance of the networks, which is an important point for the province ”. For which he also considered it important to provide new technologies, networks and a data bank with all cooperatives.

He referred to other relevant works. “We are working on incorporating power into the energy matrix”, which requires “seeing the points that need intervention to increase power and energy through the incorporation of plants. For that we are conducting studies in different parts of the province and energy learning programs oriented to schools ”, he argued.

On this, he named the assistance to technical schools, with led lights, photovoltaic lighting system -to also serve as a learning tool for students-, and the Siembra program, for agricultural schools, in which energy solutions will be provided for al less 40 establishments.

“The objectives are to allow access to safe and reliable energy, improve the quality of supply, promote innovation, application and use of technology for the development and creation of public policies aimed at energy self-sufficiency,” he concluded.

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Siemens Gamesa does not convince investors with its forecasts and plans

Siemens Gamesa disputed with Cellnex the leadership in accumulated profitability in this 2020 within the Ibex-35, with an increase of around 50%, but today it suffers a strong corrective that is around four percentage points. This, coinciding with its ‘Capital Market Day’ which, in view of its behavior on the stock market, has not been satisfactory for investors. And that the company has advanced that it plans to recover the dividend from 2023, with the distribution of 25% of its net profit.

But the wind turbine manufacturer has not presented forecasts for its most immediate accounts, those of the whole this year. It has limited itself to advancing figures for its next fiscal year, in which it expects to register margins of between 3% and 5% -which represents a downward revision from the range between 4.5% and 6% expected with previously-, which will jump to a range between 8% and 10% in fiscal year 2023, after marking negative records in the third quarter of its fiscal year. Its latest results, which it presented on July 30, revealed losses of 805 million euros in its first nine months of the year, a historically bad figure.

In addition, the objective has been to achieve revenues of between 10,200 and 11,200 million euros next year. As a reference, its sales in the first nine months of this fiscal year stood at 6,615 million euros. With a view to the year 2023, although the company does not give a specific figure, it is committed to growing more than the market as a whole.

The group’s CEO, Andreas Nauen, in his speech during the conference, admitted that in the current fiscal year, the sector has suffered the impact of covid-19 and other challenges that have eroded its margins. But it has also highlighted the resilience of the demand for renewable energy, which has performed better than the overall demand for energy. And he highlighted how green energy will play a key role in the economic recovery after the recession caused by the pandemic.

But what the market wanted to hear were his plans for the onshore business, that is, wind energy on land. In this sense, Nauen explained that he expects this business to remain stable between 2019 and 2025, to grow by 3% in the following five years. Meanwhile, the ‘offshore’ business, that is to say, the plants that develop in the sea, has a growth forecast of 22% until 2025 and 7% in the following five years. The services division, for its part, will grow 8% in the next two five-year periods. Therefore, Nauen estimates that these last two activities will gain weight at the expense of onshore in the company as a whole.

But in this last activity, Nauen has promised to turn it around in order to turn it into a business capable of generating profits in a sustained manner. In fact, Nauen said that there is nothing more important to what the group faces than to turn this business around. The market situation accompanies, with the sale prices normalizing. But he also recognized that they have to do things well, especially when choosing projects to develop, which must be sufficiently beneficial in combination with their low level of risk; the primacy of margins over volumes; the introduction of new technologies; reducing complexity in the supply chain; improvement of project execution capacity; and its reorganization to optimize its evolution.

In this sense, the senior executive did not rule out that there may be more plant closures. In recent times, it has already announced closures in Denmark and Spain (Aoiz).

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