Well-being in body and soul

According to an investigation by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the effects of the pandemic, now there is greater uncertainty and concern about suffering from Covid-19 or losing loved ones; a decrease in confidence and optimism, especially in women and in people in poor employment situations; and an increase in irritability, again with a greater impact on women and the unemployed.

If we do not act now, in concert with research with vaccines and treatments, the post-pandemic outlook will be bleak for the mental health of millions of people.

And taking action, obviously, is not prescribing more antidepressants or anxiolytics, or building more psychiatric hospitals. Both actions are necessary to address some consequences; however, the idea is to be proactive and avoid them.

In response to the feeling of anxiety, according to the consulting firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC), there has been a rapid and broad change that goes from the “concept of wellness [bienestar], centered on the individual, al by wellbeing [bienestar integral], a more holistic vision that includes different people and sectors of our societies ”.

What does this mean? A call for the participation of the whole society in the benefits of well-being.

Wellbeing is defined as the state of satisfaction and tranquility that a person presents, thanks to their good physical and mental conditions.

“If societies and companies are unable to focus holistically on people’s well-being (including physical, emotional and spiritual health), it will be almost impossible to create safety nets that allow citizens to return to work and be productive ”, They explain from LLYC.

For this reason, I have always opted for wellness programs in all their aspects: emotional, physical, social and financial. This is what happens every November in the event “In Body and Soul”, which this year will be held in an online version, with more universal access, more experts and with the empowering and transforming energy of always.

To keep your balance in difficult times, “you have to grab the bull by the horns” and get going, as a popular saying reflects.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has disrupted or paralyzed mental health services in 93% of countries. And if, as the WHO itself says, mental health is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and treatment, then let’s look for our own tools. Healthy living is much more than curing or protecting yourself from disease.

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On video | The ‘Paths’ to strengthen the health system in Barranquilla

Guaranteeing timely and quality medical care for Barranquilla residents has become the Primary objective of the District with the process of modernization of the public health network, which continues to advance and plans to benefit more than 170 thousand citizens with new hospital projects.

Since 2008, the district administration has been working to build a solid health model, which has been cataloged repeatedly as one of the most successful in the national territory.

Although the health emergency due to Covid-19 was a huge challenge for the hospital infrastructure of the capital of the Atlantic, in the Development Plan ‘I am Barranquilla’, that governs the period 2020-2023, a series of actions were contemplated so that citizens have a timely and adequate response to your health requirements.

“We want the health of Barranquilla to continue its unstoppable march, that is why we are providing them with all the professional capacity so that care is timely and without access barriers. It is our main objective, guarantee comprehensive insurance, minimize the risks of becoming ill and provide quality health programs to all“Said the mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

He was emphatic in stating that in this new stage they will bet on “turn the health system upside down, moving to a much more preventive health, with doctors in charge of specific populations ”.

The district president also stressed that the “robustness” in health services continues to grow, which directly impacts on the quality of life of Barranquilla and the Caribbean region.

“The public hospital network has been and will continue to be a national management model, where the resources obtained by the Prohospitales level 1 and 2 stamp are invested in providing efficiently and transparently to the more than 600 thousand users of the subsidized regime, as well as to anyone who requires it because We are also a regional reference center for health care in the Caribbean”, Reiterated the president.

In turn, Humberto Mendoza, Secretary of Health of Barranquilla, He stated that the district network model has provided “mobilization guarantees” to more than 19 thousand users, guaranteeing that “there are no barriers to access” to said services.

The official also expressed that the great challenge for the public network is strengthen the preventive medicine model to detect patients in time who have diseases that may pose risks to their life.

“In the city we have a network model that allows patients to access medium and high complexity services without authorizing systems limiting quality and care. That we will follow reinforcing to provide greater guarantees to citizens”, He added.

According to figures from the Mayor’s Office, accessibility to health increased 15 times between 2007 and 2018. It is expected that this year it will increase with the start-up of facilities such as the Camino Ciudadela 20 de Julio and Paso Galán.

For next year, this indicator will continue to grow, taking into account that the works of the New Barranquilla and Nazareth Roads will be delivered, which are ahead in two important sectors of the city.

Mayor Pumarejo has been making visits to these spaces to verify the progress of the works, taking into account that they were detained for a period due to the pandemic and currently not all the workers have been able to reintegrate, in order to comply with the corresponding regulations.

“We continue to grow with this new offer that adds to a solid network that is providing quality services to Barranquilla residents, showing that it is possible, as we have said for so long, to have quality, sustainable public health that continue to be a source of pride for each of us”Pumarejo said during one of those tours.

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The ‘Paths’ to strengthen the health system in Barranquilla

Guaranteeing timely and quality medical care for Barranquilla residents has become the primary objective of the District with the modernization process of the public health network, which continues to advance and plans to benefit more than 170 thousand citizens with new hospital projects.

Since 2008, the district administration has been working to build a solid health model, which has been repeatedly classified as one of the most successful in the national territory.

Although the health emergency caused by Covid-19 was a huge challenge for the hospital infrastructure of the Atlantic capital, in the Development Plan ‘I am Barranquilla’, which is valid for the period 2020-2023, a series of actions were contemplated so that citizens have a timely and adequate response to their health requirements.

“We want the health of Barranquilla to continue its unstoppable march, that is why we are providing them with all the professional capacity so that care is timely and without access barriers. It is our main objective, to guarantee comprehensive insurance for them, minimize the risks of getting sick and provide quality health programs for all, ”said Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

He was emphatic in stating that in this new stage they will bet on “turning the health system upside down, moving to much more preventive health, with doctors in charge of specific populations.”

The district president also highlighted that the “robustness” in health services continues to grow, which has a direct impact on the quality of life of Barranquilla and the Caribbean region.

“The public hospital network has been and will continue to be a national management model, where the resources obtained by the Prohospitales level 1 and 2 stamp are invested in providing efficiently and transparently to the more than 600 thousand users of the subsidized regime, as well as to anyone who requires it because we are also a regional reference center in health care in the Caribbean, “reiterated the president.

In turn, Humberto Mendoza, Barranquilla’s Secretary of Health, stated that the district network model has provided “mobilization guarantees” to more than 19 thousand users, guaranteeing that “there are no barriers to access” to these services.

The official also said that the great challenge for the public network is to strengthen the preventive medicine model to detect patients with diseases that may pose risks to their lives in time.

“In the city we have a network model that allows patients to access medium and high complexity services without authorizing systems limiting quality and care. We are going to continue strengthening that to provide greater guarantees to citizens, ”he added.

According to the Mayor’s Office figures, health accessibility increased 15 times between 2007 and 2018. It is expected that this year it will increase with the start-up of facilities such as the Camino Ciudadela 20 de Julio and Paso Galán.

For next year, this indicator will continue to grow, taking into account that the works of the New Barranquilla and Nazareth Roads will be delivered, which are being carried out in two important sectors of the city.

Mayor Pumarejo has been making visits to these spaces to verify the progress of the works, taking into account that they were detained for a period due to the pandemic and currently not all the workers have been able to reintegrate, in order to comply with the corresponding regulations.

“We continue to grow with this new offer that adds to a solid network that is providing quality services to Barranquilla residents, demonstrating that it is possible, as we have said for so long, to have quality, sustainable public health that continues to be a pride for each one of us ”, said Pumarejo during one of those tours.

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They warn that if the cases increase, sectors will be closed

September 07, 2020 – 06:47 pm
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Newsroom of El País

If the positive cases of covid-19 increase, the authorities will have to start closing sectors, this was announced by the Valle del Cauca Health Secretariat.

According to María Cristina Lesmes, head of that portfolio, the events recorded at Kilometer 18 set off the alarms, since it is very likely that infections will increase.

“This weekend what we observed was a generalized disorder that will result in an increase in cases and, most likely, we are going to make a second peak, so we have to be vigilant and do daily monitoring,” he said.

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The official indicated that the Valley Health Secretariat intensified epidemiological surveillance in the 42 municipalities, after the economic and social opening in the department and the country.

For this, the advance of the coronavirus is closely monitored before the general departure of the population and situations that could generate a risk of contagion, such as the disorders that were registered in some areas of the department during the weekend.

“At this moment with more intensity we are monitoring the 42 municipalities of Valle del Cauca, including Buenaventura and Cali, because we have to be attentive to an increase in the number of cases,” he said.

The head of that office also warned that if cases increase in the coming days, sectors will have to be closed and the ‘accordion’ method applied.

“If the number of cases starts to increase, we have to start closing sectors, which would be the last thing the Governor has indicated to us and the last thing we would like, because we understand that the economy has to reactivate, but first we have to take care of the health and above all guarantee that our supply capacity is sufficient to attend to people who get complicated because this is inevitable, the covid has not disappeared, “he said.

Finally, Lesmes called on Valle del Cauca residents not to neglect biosecurity measures and that it is important to emphasize self-care.

“I take this opportunity to ask them for individual responsibility because if we go at the same pace as this weekend, the situation will get complicated,” he added.

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Highlights of COVID-19

The remarkable thing about the pandemic has shown the advancement of science, at a clinical and molecular level. With the new knowledge, the urgent obligation to intervene in the behavior of people, their mobility and the reduction of contacts, the increase of care for people with greater risk with the increase of family and community solidarity has been defined, observing a global recognition of public health. Think not only individually, but in the well-being of others, give more to those who do not have, understanding that illness and health reach us all. Spiritual values ​​are increased over materials

Preserving life as the most important thing in existence, with an obligatory stop along the way for reflection, with the rebirth of good customs and hygienic-sanitary behaviors, highlighting hand washing, and cough and sneeze labels . I hope the cleaning of areas, surfaces and objects will become a permanent obligation for the benefit and better control of communicable diseases. The improvement in health knowledge with the participation of governments, leaders and a large number of citizens, around updated medical knowledge, with greater participation of unions, merchants, politicians and in general of almost all components of the communities is important. , for support in decisions and new regulations.

There has been a great improvement in record time in medical care, staff preparation, hospital facilities, staffing, mainly in intensive care areas. Although the response of some EAPB or EPS has been defective, for outpatient care, intense modifications are expected for the future.

Despite some controversial measures, the country shows some indicators that the pandemic has entered a decline in the cities where it was initially causing more damage. Decrease in deaths, although the number of infections still persists and grows in some populations.

The desire to reactivate activities does not seem to wait, due to the enormous economic and psychological damages, it is feared that, as has happened in other countries, the lack of self-care and non-compliance with the rules could lead us to a phase of regression to the epidemic Hence, the most important of the good is to restart activities with compliance with the rules. Preserving a health system armed by urgency, social distancing, epidemiological fences in growing sectors, reinforcing cities that are not properly strengthened, and having the hope of a vaccine in whose advanced phase we must participate.

Recognizing that health workers have been the heroes of this pandemic creates merit so that their work is finally rewarded with dignity.

The criticisms and mistakes made must be clarified and corrected so as not to commit them again, evaluating them is an obligation to guide the path of COVID-19 disasters.

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These are the sectors with the best performance during the pandemic | Economy

Although the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the entire economy of the country, there are some sectors that have performed positively since the strictest confinements, such as homes, pets and ‘fintech’.

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“Basically, what the pandemic has generated is that people return to the basics in health and food. However, currently these services also imply an approach to technology, and these are precisely the ones with the greatest acceleration ”, says Alejandro Escobar, strategic manager of Sectorial.co.

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As has been evident, e-commerce is perhaps the segment with the best results this season. The strict quarantines and, consequently, the closure of traditional commercial establishments, promoted the acquisition of products through digital means.

According to María Fernanda Quiñónez, president of the Colombian Chamber of Electronic Commerce, today e-commerce is growing every week (11%) more than what was registered in all of 2019. “This represents a very positive advance in the momentum of the country, which came with a very relevant lag, since last year electronic commerce was focused only on 8% of the Colombian population ”.

The acceleration of this line is such that, according to the results of the specialist capital market consultancy Economatica, Mercado Libre this year became the most valuable company in Latin America, reaching US $ 59,352 million.
In the technology line, the behavior of fintech companies is also worth highlighting.

“Within that market is everything that has to do with payment platforms. If I want to buy products from home, I go to an e-commerce, but there are some brands that are not part of an electronic commerce, although they do have a platform to make the payment ”, highlights the Sectorial.co manager.

This is the case of Payvalida, a fintech with more than 9 years in the market focused on the segment of collections and payments. “Our company has presented high levels of traction, exceeding the results of all of 2019 in the first 6 months.

At the same time, we have had historic levels of adoption, since businesses have moved very quickly to virtuality ”, says Jorge Velez, CEO of Payvalida.

On the other hand, Esteban Velasco, CEO of Sempli.co, a fintech that has granted more than $ 130,000 million in loans to micro and small companies, highlights that in this crisis it has been possible to accompany about 80% of the client base, in addition of new placements made to companies in transformation.

BASIC ASSETS

Without having closed their doors at any time and given the high demand, the stores of basic goods are postulated among those who handle positive figures in this period.

An example of this, in the first half of 2020, is that of the D1 supermarkets, which achieved a growth in sales of more than 50% over the previous year. Although the quarantine situation has limited the speed of expansion, the company has opened approximately 130 stores and expects to close the year with more than 1,600.

However, beyond the need for those goods, as the Sectorial.co manager notes, the growth of this type of company is attributable to the disruption in the traditional business model, which today is seeking to reach the customer’s home with the product.

Thus, in less than two weeks, D1 was able to launch two delivery platforms and telephone service in stores for addresses.

In addition to that, the domicile system has been expanding significantly in the country. According to Juan José Caro, commercial director of Kantar’s consumer division, telephone addresses generated close to $ 350,000 million in the first half of the year, with neighborhood stores and convenience stores being the ones with the highest use of this channel.

“There is also a good result from home brokerage platforms. However, for now it is a niche market and the great barrier is reaching lower socioeconomic levels. In the first six months, the number of buyers of the basic shopping basket on the Internet was around one million households and 2.5 million in traditional households, ”he said.

Finally, on the positive performance sweep is the pet sector. The growth of this segment stems both from the fact that it was one of the activities exempted from the confinement restrictions from the beginning, and from the new need for the adoption of animals, which has been increasing during isolation.

That is why Euromonitor International estimates that at the global level at the end of the year this line will have a growth of 2%, with a sales volume of 474,845.8 tons, corresponding to a value of US $ 1,132.4 million.

VIDEO GAME

“The export of knowledge-based services is one of the fundamental pillars of the reactivation plan. Our objective is to reach international sales of US $ 830 million by the end of 2020 and US $ 950 million in 2022. One of the subsectors that has the potential to leverage these sales is video games, ”said Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia.

The sector, which closes in positive figures this first semester in the country as a consequence of the high demand in confinement, will grow in the world by 8%, Euromonitor.

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They extend ‘pico y cédula’ until August 31 in Barranquilla

Barranquilla continues to advance towards a new stage in the economic reopening process. Within the framework of this process, the district mayor’s office announced that the measure of ‘peak and cedula’ with even and odd numbers is maintained for the departures that citizens must necessarily make.

As stated by the District, the current schedule will be in effect until August 31. In addition, she recalled that the schedules for the practice of individual physical activity for adults between 18 and 69 years old are maintained: between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. and between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Likewise, the district administration indicated that the restriction for the use of common spaces such as fields and games for children is maintained, despite the fact that the indicators in the city continue to register a constant improvement.

As stated by the District, the recovery rate is close to 85% and the ICU availability is 48%, while the average positivity rate is 14.3% during the last 7 days, that is, 16, 2 percentage points below the national average (30.5%).

“We continue to advance, but we cannot lower our guard. To the extent that this trend continues and we make gradual, safe and responsible reopening, we will recover the productive and social life of the city, ”said Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

New pilots

The District indicated that the Ministries of Health and the Interior authorized pilots for the practice of individual sports, as well as the operation of sports venues, gyms, cinemas and games of chance, which they will begin to review for future reopening.

In relation to the ‘Barranquilla Deportista’ plan, the practice of individual sports, nautical, tennis and athletics is contemplated, while the opening of gyms will be done with air exchange or effective ventilation.

The opening of sports fields and / or stages has been proposed in open spaces for the practice of permitted group sports, while the pilot of cinemas would be launched in open spaces (drive-in cinema).

Likewise, games of chance must comply with all capacity conditions including the review of central airs, correct air circulation and HEPA filters.

On the other hand, the national government gave endorsement to expand the pilot of restaurants, allowing their operation in terraces or closed places with air exchange or effective ventilation.

Pumarejo indicated that the construction of a plan to reactivate the tourism sector is underway in conjunction with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Presidential Council for Economic Affairs.

“We want to become pioneers in the reactivation of the tourism sector, focused on the potential of Barranquilla in the production chain of business and event tourism, in addition to attracting foreign investment with an export vocation, and thus be an example of resilience and good practices for resume the path of growth, “said the mayor.

Restaurant pilot balance

The district administration also delivered a positive balance on the start of the gastronomic sector pilot: the 30 restaurants registered between 40% and 80% of attendance, increased sales and a large number of reservations for this weekend.

He also explained that they have been working hand in hand with unions, businessmen and workers from other sectors to return to work in the safest way.

“We have been active in providing technical tools and support to the different activities and sectors in their reactivation process, through the District’s Entrepreneur Support Unit and with the validation and pedagogy visits of the biosafety protocols,” said the Secretary of Economic Development, Ricardo Plata Sarabia.

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Government clarifies Bloomberg figures on Covid

The controversy was ignited this Thursday with an article published by the magazine ‘Bloomberg’, which shows that Colombia currently has the fourth highest number of cases in Latin America and that on a per capita basis the death figures of the country in recent weeks they are the worst in the world, with 43.1 deaths per million people.

The note, based on data from Johns Hopkins University and calculations by Bloomberg, is published as the escalation of cases and deaths in recent weeks has led the country’s two main cities, Bogotá and Medellín, to reimpose targeted quarantines.

The magazine quotes the epidemiologist Carlos Trillos, a professor at the Universidad del Rosario, who points out that contributing to the increase is “the dynamics of virus transmission, given the growing number of people on the streets” and adds that also “there is fatigue after the long periods of restrictive measures ”.

It also notes that more cases are being diagnosed, and the tests amount to about 30,000 tests per day.

In Bogotá, the isolation by locality is scheduled to end this week, although some measures of social distancing will be maintained for the rest of the month. Mayor Claudia López said that the capital will not return to quarantines by zones and that she is analyzing a package of measures that will be adopted between September and December. Restrictions will be imposed on companies, but they will be more stable so that different sectors of the economy know what to expect, she told ‘Noticias Caracol’ last Monday.

Meanwhile, the second largest city in the country, Medellín, is on a “plateau” and will likely remain there for three more weeks before the number of infections begins to decline, Mayor Daniel Quintero told ‘Blu Radio’.

To date, Colombia has registered 433,805 infected, 14,145 deaths and 250,494 recovered, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

In response, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, said this Thursday in a debate in the Seventh Committee of the House of Representatives that it was “disinformation.”

“Here we are facing both the pandemic and misinformation, in the face of even false news that speak that Colombia’s level is one of the highest in the world but without considering the size of the Colombian population or those news that the RT (number of effective reproduction) of Colombia is the highest in the world, it is news that does not really contribute ”, criticized the official.

In turn, the infectologist Carlos Álvarez, advisor to the Executive, told EL HERALDO that the magazine’s report is not real.

“It seems to me that the ‘Bloomberg’ statement is not given in the light of reality, because one cannot evaluate mortality in a week and compare it with other countries depending on the historical moment. In other words, the moment of the peak of the pandemic is different from what is happening at this moment in Colombia, in Peru, in Mexico or Brazil itself, to what is happening in other parts of the world or what happened, such as the The deadliest week in Italy could have been the first of April or the last of March ”, explained the expert.

In summary, Álvarez added, “to be able to compare or make this approximation, the epidemic would have to be present at the same time throughout the world and that does not happen that way.”

In this sense, he concludes that to evaluate how the epidemic has been in the different countries “the best way is to evaluate the accumulated number of deaths per million inhabitants, because that is how it really shows how this behavior has been, and that, because some countries have not yet started the epidemic peak ”.

In other parts of Latin America, for example, after Brazil surpassed 3 million coronavirus infections last Friday, President Jair Bolsonaro took to social media to criticize how the crisis is covered in the media, while arguing against social distancing measures.

The president wrote on Twitter that “there is no shortage of resources, equipment and medicines for the states and municipalities.” And Argentina is considering postponing its population census by more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Likewise, in Bolivia, anti-government protesters have built barricades to counter the delay in general elections and the response to the pandemic.

Finally, Mexico will release industrial production figures for June on Tuesday, which should add evidence that activity is recovering after a sharp drop in the previous months, but remains well below its pre-outbreak level.

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Work studies the option of prolonging the ERTE due to force majeure in some sectors

The Minister of Labor and Social Economy,Yolanda Diaz, is studying the possibility of raising a measure to the Council of Ministers tolengthen and prolong the temporary employment regulation files(ERTE) due to force majeure in certain sectors.

This has been indicated by the Ministry in a statement after the telematic meetings that the minister held this Monday with the main organizations of self-employed workers,ATA, UPTA and Uatae, in which this question has been analyzed, among others.

During these meetings there has been a debate on the situation of the sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis. In addition, the possibility ofstudy new measuresas regards productive ERTEs.

There has also been a joint reflection on changes in self-employment,at remote work, digitization as well as platforms to distribute among retail, among other issues.

Likewise, as in the meeting held by the Minister of Labor last week with union organizations, the two phases of the pandemic in the workplace have been addressed, that of attenuated exceptionality, first, and the subsequent normalization attenuated.

The various meetings have also reported on the creaction of an autonomous work table,where contacts are expected to be maintained weekly to address the next phases of the coronavirus health crisis anda common agenda is drawn upwith the aim of promoting the activity of the self-employed.

The head of the portfolio of work has transferred to organizations that are aware of the situation caused by the current pandemic in this group, “which is going through great difficulties.”

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Activity sectors with fear of the future

We have barely digested the day to day and the month of confinement and that we carry with us, when everyone is already thinking about the return to normality, the controlled, progressive and little by little de-escalation that can occur in late April. . Perhaps rather in mid-May. The Government is doing it – as several ministers have recognized it – and so are the companies, with more or less pessimism in the analysis. Optimisms, it is known, there are not many precisely.

This being the case, once the first impact has been overcome, there are some sectors of activity that have already ruled out a rapid recovery, in V and think that they can go through a long journey through the desert. They are only able to see an L. At best, the square root sign. They are mere speculations, logical reasoning that do not necessarily have to be followed, but that are there.

This is the case, for example, of the aeronautical sector. Airbus’ announcement to cut production on some of its most commercially successful aircraft has been the signal that has set off the alarm. No one is able to guess now when the closing of borders, the restriction of people’s movements and also the individual fear of entering the cabin of an airplane will be reflected. A small place where the proximity of other people is inevitable. The sector – and in the Basque Country we have a good number of companies and jobs in it – already fears a prolonged reduction in the activity of airlines, the bankruptcy of a good number of them and the massive cancellation of orders for new aircraft. The feeling of these companies is similar to that established after the 9/11 attack in New York.

In the car there is also a pessimistic feeling facing the medium term. “The purchase of a new vehicle will become the eighth or ninth priority for citizens,” says a businessman in the sector. It will be relegated until citizens see their employment and income settled again. Fewer vehicle acquisitions in Europe over an extended period of time, perhaps a couple of years, means fewer parts to produce. Our industrial GDP, the Basque, may be hurt during this period.

We have few eggs in the basket tourism But there is a part of the employment of the autonomous community that depends on it – hotels, travel agencies, restaurants, part of the trade, etc. – that also shows itself incapable of visualizing a sustained recovery for this activity.

Of cinema in theaters, theater, concerts and others activities involving mass concentration people … better not even talk.

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