© 2020 Valentina KHARITONOVA, Yulia BULDAKOVA

2020 – № 1 (19)

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Kharitonova V. I., Buldakova Yu. R. (2020). “Virus novyj, jeto – vazhno” (My v situacii pandemii i (samo)izoljacii) (“The Virus is a New One, It Matters.” (Us in the Situation of Pandemic and (Self)Isolation). Medicinskaja antropologija i biojetika (Medical Anthropology and Bioethics), 1 (19).

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Valentina Ivanovna Kharitonova, Dr. Hist. Sc., is a Senior Research Fellow and head of Center of Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Yulia Rafaelevna Buldakova, Cand. Med. Sc., is an Associate Professor at the Department for Internal Diseases of the Dentistry Department of the Yevdokimov Moscow State University for Medicine and Dentistry

Keywords: COVID-19, epidemic, pandemic, (self)isolation, health care, optimization, hospitalization, WHO

Abstract. The authors discuss the difficulties that emerged as a result of the spread of COVID-19 viral infection, the epidemic situation, and the pandemic announced by the WHO, in the context of Moscow and the Moscow Region. The text emphasizes the health problems of the elderly who are forced to (self)isolate, of pregnant women, children, and other categories of citizens. Pointed out are those difficulties that appeared in the capital city’s health care in connection with mass hospitalizations; because of understaffed medical personnel and workers of other medical specializations being used in COVID units, or “red areas”; and because clinics and units are being converted for the new circumstances. The authors talk about the worrisome necessity to wear masks and gloves because of the specifics of the new virus’s spread. The authors also discuss what may be the consequences of the enforced confinement for the isolated people, especially the elderly, and talk about other problems that are to be solved after the pandemic is over, and many more issues.

* The article is published in accordance with the academic research plan of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Russian Academy of Sciences)