Almost a thousand isolated people in Tenerife: the first mass isolation in Spain is also our first major test against the virus
Almost a thousand tourists have been isolated in a hotel in the south of Tenerife after an Italian tourist who was staying at the facilities tested positive for coronavirus. The Canary Islands Government has quarantined the infected couple, activated the preventive protocol, and mobilized the police to ensure that no one can enter or leave the Adeje hotel.
The COVID-19 patient is admitted to the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is progressing favorably. However, while the authorities investigate whether during the week that he spent on the island he was able to infect someone else, Spain faces not only the first great mass isolation by the epidemic, but a crisis that will examine the effectiveness of its protocols and its ability to cope with a national outbreak that seems increasingly likely.
While the Ministry and the Autonomous Communities finalize the new preventive measures against the epidemic and we wait for the Interministerial Commission to assess the new situation caused by the positive of Tenerife, the protocols are underway and the authorities continue to call for calm. Panic only adds more complexity to managing the problem.
However, the Italian outbreak has brought the virus back into public conversation and experts are beginning to assume that it will not be possible to control the virus before it becomes pandemic. As the WHO said, "We have to do everything possible to prepare for a potential pandemic." We must hope for the best, preparing for the worst.