Sergei Sobyanin spoke about the technologies that helped Moscow in the fight against the pandemic

April 8

Over the past year, Moscow has implemented dozens of technological solutions that have helped doctors and patients to fight the coronavirus. Unique medical centres, medical practices, and scientific achievements have made it possible to protect the health of Muscovites and bring the end of the pandemic as close as possible.

"For more than a year, Moscow has been living in the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have learned a lot about this disease and learned how to resist it. And mass vaccination, which Moscow started first in the country, will put an end to the disease spread," Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.

Large-scale testing

Moscow has become the first city to face a new infection in Russia. On February 29, the first case of COVID-19 was registered here. And on March 5, the capital introduced a high-alert mode, which became a model for other regions of the country. At that time, the main task was to create a large-scale testing system for the rapid detection of affected. PCR tests were mandatory for people from risk groups who arrived from other countries, living with the sick relatives, chronics, and elderly people with signs of viral infection. Together with Rospotrebnadzor, the capital has made free PCR tests mandatory for everyone who has symptoms of SARS.

In May, Muscovites could check the level of antibodies to COVID-19 in the city's EIA centres. Thus, it was possible to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus and isolate them in a timely manner. By mid-July, anyone could take the PCR test. All test results are displayed in the electronic medical record and are available to the doctor and the patient. Additionally, Muscovites receive SMS notifications with test results.

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Specialized clinics

Moscow clinics began to be repurposed for the fight against coronavirus in early March. New, not yet open hospitals were immediately used to treat patients with COVID-19. Hospital complex in Kommunarka settlement, which became the flagship of the fight against COVID-19 in Russia began to admit the first patients with a new diagnosis. For a few days, they equipped sanitary checkpoints and airlocks that separated the clean and red zones.

In parallel, within the minimum period of time, a new modern infectious diseases hospital was built in Voronovsky settlement. Totally, 26 thousand beds were deployed in Moscow at the peak of the pandemic.

Photo by Denis Grishkin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Effective practices

In April, a clinical committee was established in Moscow to develop clinical practice guideline for the new virus. It includes 23 experts. Their activities made it possible to evenly distribute the load and ensure effective interaction between the outpatient and inpatient units.

The specialists collected the best medical practices and approved a single standard in the approach to COVID-19 treatment in hospitals. Moscow clinics were among the first in the world to use donor plasma with antibodies for the treatment of patients. This technology allows you to almost halve the risk of deterioration in the patient's condition and transferring him to an artificial lung ventilation apparatus.

On an urgent basis, the outpatient care service was reoriented to treat patients at home. In April, CT centres were opened on the basis of city polyclinics, where citizens with SARS, community-acquired pneumonia and suspected coronavirus are delivered. There they undergo a full cycle of diagnostic tests. This significantly reduces the load on hospitals.

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Artificial intelligence came to the aid of Moscow medical professionals during the pandemic. It allows radiologists not to miss the pathology in a large flow of studies and to determine quickly the stages of pneumonia development on the images of computed tomography of the lungs.

A telemedicine centre has been opened for Muscovites who suffer from a mild coronavirus infection and are treated at home. Doctors can communicate with patients around the clock by video or phone, assess their condition, record vital signs and make recommendations. In addition, patients who are treated at home receive all the necessary medicines free of charge.

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

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Moscow became the first city in Russia where the dwellers began to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Today, free vaccination is available to everyone: 100 vaccination points are open in city polyclinics, and mobile teams work in the most popular places of the city.


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