Prof. Magdalena Marczyńska of the Warsaw Medical University, who advises the government as part of the Medical Council's activities, admitted that the Medical Council is working on ‘making many epidemic regulations more realistic’.

 

‘It's not like we're the ones advocating bringing back of the restrictions that have just been removed. Wobbling from wall to wall in recommendations does no good. Besides, there is no point in making rules that no one will follow. If hoteliers were told again two weeks later to close their properties, they would not do so in many cases. A grey area and a sham of regulation will be created,’ said prof. Marczyńska. 

 

She added that the Council often advises the government, analyses something, but it is not at all the case that the final decisions are always identical to the recommendations.

 

‘Government advisory bodies are plentiful. We are not the decision-maker. We try to help with our knowledge and experience. Now, for example, we are working on making some regulations more realistic, e. g. in terms of wearing masks. Where there are open space and no crowds of people, you could dispense with them. Where people gather, for example, in communication - introduce one of better quality. In response, however, we hear that this will signal ‘easing’ and social discipline will fall. However, it is the case that regulations must be spot on, realistic, to be complied with,’ assessed prof. Marczyńska.  

 

She acknowledged that there are individuals on the Medical Board, such as prof. Robert Flisiak, who openly advocate the regionalization of the restrictions.

 

‘We look on with concern, for example, on the percentage of infected teachers in the northern part of Poland. After the opening of schools, it is in some places approx. 8 per cent, with the national average at two. There is something about the fact that the epidemic situation is more difficult in the north at the moment. (…) In my estimation, in the population it does not yet account for 10 per cent of all SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections,’ said Prof. Marczynska.

 

She admitted that there were more people infected with coronavirus in Poland than we see in statistics. Many of them passed the infection lightly and never got tested. 

 

‘Epidemic data from the beginning are therefore incomplete. I'm not going to say today what the government's decision will be on the restrictions from the beginning of March, because there is no such decision. Time is our ally - thankfully. If the illnesses don't rise strongly in the coming weeks, I hope they will come in spring. We will then spend more time outside. Our immunity will increase. More people will also be vaccinated. This is all in favour of the epidemic situation in Poland,’ added prof. Marczyńska.