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Martin Kadai at a Health Board press conference.
Martin Kadai at a Health Board press conference. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

A relaxation of the rules regulating safety measures around planned treatment in medical institutions to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are being discussed, said Martin Kadai, Head of the Emergency Medicine Department of the Health Board on Tuesday.

Speaking on Viikeraadio's "Huvitaja" Kadai said so far the rules had been strict and necessary to mitigate the spread of coronavirus but these rules are now being discussed.

He also urged patients not to delay their planned treatments.

"The conditions which have been created to provide people with planned treatment and the conditions medical institutions have to follow are quite strict. Today we are debating whether we should continue with such strict measures. I dare to say to patients today that if they need treatment then fears of COVID-19 should not have to postpone it," said Kadai.

Kadai said although the peak of the virus has passed and more is known about the virus and how it works, there is no evidence to suggest people who have been infected cannot catch the disease again.

Describing the pattern of the virus in Estonia he said: "There is no evidence today that a person who has suffered from the illness is ill again. What we are seeing is a very interesting and kind of complicated phenomenon, that people who have suffered from the disease, their symptoms can have disappeared for quite some time, [but] then the genetic material of the virus is still identified in their research sample."

Due to this, the Health Board in Estonia has tested two patients as many as 11 times and each time the test has given a positive result.

"There is a common understanding here that it is not likely to be an infectious virus, but is like a remnant of a virus which can be detected in the laboratory," Kadai added.

Going forward, Kadai emphasized the importance of disinfectants and hygiene habits. He believes it is good practice to wear masks while on public transport and where it is not possible to keep two meters distance away from other people. 

He said there has been an increase in COVID-19 diagnosis as people have to undergo a test before they undertake treatment, which has led to more people being tested.


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