Apparently, the lockdown is going to last longer. On April 16, Mr.Raab, confirmed that the lockdown would be extended for another three weeks and healso explained that there will not be changes to the conditions of the lockdown until beginning May. This was expected due to infection rate remaining high. Even after the PM was discharged from the hospital and returned to work on the 27th April, the Health department still has not set a date when the lockdown measures will start to be eased. “I want to serve notice now that these decisions will be taken with the maximum possible transparency and I want to share all our working and our thinking, my thinking, with you the British people,” Johnson said. “I can tell you now that preparations are under way, and have been for weeks, to allow us to win phase two of this fight, as I believe we are now on track to prevail in phase one.”
What is very interesting is that on March 29, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jenny Harries, predicted that it would take “at least two months” to see the outcome of the lockdown and assess if it has been successful in stopping the spread of the virus. It seems that it would take be up to a half year until the economy returns to “normal”.
So, when will private cosmetic surgery providers start be operating again?
The fact thatthe British Retail Consortium and the Union of Shop did advice that the amount of people in a store should be limited and shoppers should be strongly encouraged to shop separately is a sign that patients movements in privates hospitals should be restricted and electronic consultations should be encourage. Interestingly, some regions begin to consider easing these restrictions and members from different associations have requested an update to prior instructions regarding elective procedures and breast reconstruction. In United Kingdom we all still waiting to get some feedbackto how and when we can see patients individually and separately.
|What about the United states?|
It has been reported that Hospital, local, and regional regulatory bodies are in the process to determine the adequate practice in each clinical facility. The American association of plastic surgeonshas admitted that the how and whenof the implementation of the resumption of elective procedures and clinical consultations will dependent on local/regional situations. New York will have a different approach to California and so they have recommended that all plastic surgeons should consult with their local hospital to determine and assess the situation of the COVID 19. The American association of plastic surgeons advised considering the issues discussed below:
Ongoing Assessment: the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 crisis will probably necessitate an ongoing assessment of new trends, new data, new testing, and eventually a new treatments.
Considerations: The following are issues to consider when determining the timing of reopening and the manner of implementation of reopening of operating rooms and offices.
SURGE SITUATION AND STATISTICS
Realizing that reported numbers are dependent on the availability of testing in the community, understand: Statistics in your community Prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. Incidence of COVID-19 in the community. Local numbers of new COVID-19 cases should be consistently decreasing. Local numbers of new COVID-19 deaths and ICU patients should be consistently decreasing.
So, the question when the private sector and elective surgery will be officially permitted to be available to the public still a matter of time depending on whether the number of COVID-19 cases is continuously decreasing and at least for two to three weeks in the row and the number of death of the COVID-19 is consistently decreasing to less than 50 case per day for also at least two to three weeks.