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I am extremely grateful for being given the opportunity to follow and participate in a five hour course in basic resuscitation by the Greek Rescue Group of Magnesias of the European Resuscitation Council. The course was co-organized by the municipality of Skopelos.

Local coordinator Evi Rodiou from the municipality was efficient, wonderful and her enthusiasm is inspiring. The two instructors mr. Vangelis Vamvakas and Thanos Tzoumas showed a very dedicated approach to their work and what they could teach us. I will remember them saying this to us:“you are not a doctor or a nurse but the first ten minutes after somebody is hurt without a doctor of nurse present you can mean something in somebodies life”

Many people signed up to participate but only 20 were allowed to come because of Covid-19. We all maintained our distance, wore masks and everything was continuously cleaned after an exercise. More people in the future will be able to follow the course. I advise it to everybody who speaks Greek well.

We were also taught how to use a defibrillator. I wrote a post about it because one has been placed in the harbor of Skopelos and one in Loutraki.
defibrillator in two harbors on Skopelos

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In an effort to protect the public’s health and wanting to provide more security to all citizens (citizens and visitors of our island) in the best possible way, the the Skopelos port police fund have proceeded to the purchase of two Automated External Defibrillators, which were placed in prominent external places in the central port of Skopelos and in the port of Loutraki, Skopelos, and specifically in the Port Guards houses.

The AED is a portable device that analyzes the heart rate and if it diagnoses a problem that needs defibrillation, then it proceeds to defibrillation to restore the heart rate to its correct frequency.

Most external defibrillators are designed to be used, under any circumstances, in emergencies where there is no immediate medical attention and can be used by any citizen over the age of 12 who has attended special cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training seminars.

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As of Wednesday the 29th of July the wearing of masks by the public is mandatory in bakeries, butchers, fish shops, patisseries, retail shops, hair dressers and beauticians.
Also we must wear a mask in banks, post office, the water and electricity company and other government offices.

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The words below are from their press release

In a world in crisis and turbulent times, with daily life becoming more and more demanding for everybody, some things that are of worth must remain stable points of reference in our lives and in society, but this does not mean that they should remain stagnant.

So, the private polyclinic «ASCLEPIEION OF SPORADES» with a base in Skopelos and a branch in Alonnisos adapts to the changing conditions and it is evolving at the same time, in the midst of the new reality, always aiming at the excellence of medical services but also at the best possible medical services to the community of the islands.

Thus, it officially registered its name and trademark/logo, in the context of which it defined a new name / distinctive corporate title with which it will continue to operate as “KOSMOHYGIA” (Greek) and “COSMOSHEALTH” (English).

The trademark (verbal and graphic) is now officially registered, while the transition of the entire paper and digital / internet “imprint” of the polyclinic to the new name “COSMOSHEALTH” will take place gradually in the next upcoming period. At this point it is worth emphasizing that the polyclinic “COSMOYGEIA/COSMOSHEALTH” has nothing to do with any other private Primary or Secondary Health Care company and it operates completely independently, based on the preference and trust of the residents and visitors of the two islands.

«COSMOSHEALTH» for COVID-Free Healthcare

According to the measures taken and the instructions given by the Greek State, the care of possible COVID cases will be done by Public health structures (Health Centers & Regional medical offices) in collaboration with EKAB (by a sea-ambulance which is expected to cover Sporades), utilizing the nearest molecular analyzer (Health Center of Skiathos), the existing ISOBOX at Skopelos, the EODY Mobile car-Unit, under the supervision and coordination of EODY too.

Since the State Health Structures will function as reception and management points for COVID patients, “COSMOSHEALTH” has taken all measures and follows specific patient admission protocol, in order to remain a reference center for medical services away from the possibility of Covid infection (COVID-free operation), in order to protect the health of its clients and its medical-paramedical staff. This will lead to better medical services to permament residents and

island visitors who may belong to vulnerable population group and who may need medical care because of some other cause of illness (apart from Coronavirus) or due to an accident .

This Covid-Free operational management minimizes the possibility of infection or spread of Covid-19 from a referral of a non-Covid patient to a Public Health Structure, which is widely known that the State health facility is oblidged to serve the possible COVID-19 cases.

Thus, for the rest of the summer touristic season, “COSMOSHEALTH” will operate as COVID – FREE Reference Private Health center, paying full repect to the maximum possible protection of communal health and serving the rest cases (normal illness-accidents-injuries) apart from Covid/possible Covid cases. The adjustment of the COVID-FREE operation for the summer season 2020 was a necessary precautionary measure to better protect public health in case of appearaance of confirmed COVID case on the islands of Skopelos and/or Alonissos. Therefore, our operation remains as it is, serving all emergencies that need primary medical care, with clinical and diagnostic exams, medication prescriptions, home/hotel doctor’s visits and of course scheduled appointments of associate doctors of various specialties.

Nevertheless, in case of National emergency alarm situation, we will try to support the local islands’ community as we have been doing continuously the past years so far.

We remain at the disposal of anyone who needs medical advice and health care in accordance with the above, and we operate as Covid-Free reference at SKOPELOS and ALONNISOS as follows:

«COSMOSHEALTH» SKOPELOS Τel.(+30)2424024500 Working hours 08:00 ~ 21:00 Daily

«COSMOSHEALTH» ALONNISOS Τel.(+30)2424065555 Working hours 09:00 ~ 14:00 & 17:00 ~ 20:00 Monday to Friday.

24/7 DOCTOR’s availability at SKOPELOS & ALONNISOS following a call on Mob.(+30) 6942467768

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Today it was announced via several newspapers that on Skopelos the first patient with mild Corona symptoms (Covid-19) was found. The messages in the articles vary about where the patient is staying, some sources say he is in quarantine in a designated hotel, others say he is in quarantine in his home.

I tried to find a written statement from the National Organization for Public Health (ΕΟΔΥ) in Greece mentioning Skopelos but so far nothing has appeared in a press release. There are the papers though that report the fact and quote the ΕΟΔΥ and I communicated with a council member attached to the mayor of Skopelos mr. Perissis and she told me that the fact is true and they were informed by the ΕΟΔΥ via telephone. I think that when a patient (in general) is found the local ΕΟΔΥ team informs the headquarter and after that the municipality/city is informed. The local ΕΟΔΥ team has been on the island for a while and can perform 5 Corona tests a day.

New rule: As of today everybody in Greece when entering a supermarket and the employees in the supermarket should wear a mask. If you do not wear a mask the fine is 150 euro. Wear a mask, wash your hands reguraly and make sure you uphold the social distancing rules. It is the only thing we all can do at the moment.

Sources mentioning the news (in Greek) Vories Sporades blog, E-Thessalia newspaper, Thenewspaper, Magnesia news

This press release just came from the municipality in which they categorically deny that Skopelos will be “shut down”. This news comes from the television station Alpha. The municipality insists on a retraction of the statement otherwise there will be legal consequences they say.

The municipality urges everybody again to wear a mask, uphold the rules for personal hygiene etc. The municipality announces also that regular checks in businesses will continue on the island.

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ

Αγαπητοί συμπατριώτες ,

θέλουμε για ακόμη μια φορά να σας ενημερώσουμε σχετικά με το covid-19:

Να φοράτε μάσκες, να τηρείται τα πρωτόκολλα υγείας και να γνωρίζετε ότι θα ακολουθήσουν έλεγχοι από ειδικά συνεργεία.

Θεωρούμε δε απαράδεκτη την παραπληροφόρηση και δυσφήμηση του νησιού μας από συγκεκριμένη δημοσιογραφική ομάδα εκπομπής του τηλεοπτικού σταθμού ΑΛΦΑ.

Διαψεύδουμε κατηγορηματικά τις φήμες περί δήθεν κλεισίματος του νησιού μας.

Σας καλούμε να εμπιστευόσαστε τις επίσημες ανακοινώσεις από το Δήμο Σκοπέλου και τον ΕΟΔΥ.

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This is a hoopoe bird/Τσαλαπετεινός that we saw in our garden a few days ago.

At the moment there are many of these birds around on the island. What is so stunning about the birds is that when the land on the ground or are excited they extend the feathers on their head like a fan. Just beautiful! It might be my idea but I think I see a lot more birds this year than I did last year. Not so much traffic on the roads?

Some news about the corona epidemic in Greece particularly. A lot of experts talk about the use of masks and gloves. Whether to use them or not. What I have gathered (official press conference here in Greece) is that it is not mandatory to use them as the general public but it is when you are ill or working with corona patients.

An outbreak of corona patients in a neighborhood (thank you for correcting me M. it was wrong saying it was a camp) where a lot of gypsies live, in Larissa has caused a lot of commotion and severe quarantine measures have been taken. The patients have been isolated and the area that they live in is in complete lock down. Food and medicines and other help will be provided daily.

Mr. Tsiodras has emphasized yesterday in the daily press conference that now is not the time when the people of Greece should be divided and hate and racism should not be spread when the virus is found in a vulnerable group of citizens. We have to fight the virus together and together we will conquer it he said. No open air markets will be held anymore in the province of Thessalia and sales of goods from trucks, on the street is forbidden.

Schools, universities will remain closed until the 10th of May.

The last couple of days have been full with sunshine here. Maybe it reflects the optimistic news about corona patients in the country. We have to stay inside though as much as possible and see how the next two weeks will evolve in Greece and of course in the rest of the world where maybe other measure will be taken.

Today and tomorrow it is Easter in many places in the world. Everything is different but I am sure people will celebrate these days in a new way, with a lot of meaning. Today in Greece it is Lazarus Saturday, tomorrow Palm Sunday. No church will be open for the public but services can be followed via television, radio and the internet.

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This amazing photo was made by photographer Costas Andreou. The copyright is his.

The bad weather that was predicted has taken hold of Skopelos the last three days. A lot of rain and very heavy winds were the main menu during these days. Roads were damaged and many sand slides have taken place. Especially in the areas of Glossa, Old Klima, Loutraki and Elios but also the Raches road, the road to Glyfoneri and the road from Karya to Elios.

Skiathos island was badly hit too. Both mayor’s have asked if the islands could be called in a state of emergency.
One positive thing; the corona slogan “stay home stay safe” is easy to follow with this bad weather.

The spread of the corona virus in Greece is slow. All the experts are cautious with being too optimistic. The lock down measures are still heavy, the sms messages continue, we all know them now. 2 for shopping, 4 for helping out somebody in need, 6 for a walk….

Easter will be spend by everybody at home. Nobody can go to their summer houses. There is talk of closing down the toll booths on highways so there can be more control of who wants to leave. The plan is that Greek orthodox Church services can be seen via the television, radio or the internet. Only people with disabilities are exempt from the measures about swimming or other outdoor activities.

The Greek government realizes that it must be stressful for many people to stay at home, families with children, people alone. A national helpline has been set up and will help families, elderly when this is necessary.
A new measure is that doctors can visit patients with medical problems at home and these doctors can determine whether hospitalization is necessary. The second measures is that in big cities local health centers will be set up or are set up to take in patients who think they have the corona virus. After examination there will be decided if they have to go to the hospital. All these measures are taken to unburden the hospitals and staff.

Help on Skopelos
If anybody on Skopelos needs medical help, please call the health center at (0030) 2424022222.
If you need other help you can call the municipality:
Telephone numbers for help from the municipality
For the community of Skopelos :
Tel : 2424022834, 6977701070
For the community of Glossa:
Tel:2424033502, 6981219192, 6981733183
For the community of Elios:
Tel:6983717851, 6977161064

Faros the non-profit organization that helps people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses understands that the current events are particularly difficult for the people who belong to so-called “vulnerable groups (chronic patients etc) Faros believes that they must contribute as much as they can to protect and support, the psychological state of these patients.
Patients can call Maria Kafandari (psychologist) on (0030) 6978955539, from 10.00 to 14.00 hours and from 17.00 to 21.00 hours (Monday-Friday)


This amazing photo was made by photographer Costas Andreou. The copyright is his.

Stay safe, stay home

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Over the years I have planted many bulbs, from my native country the Netherlands, in my garden. Many have not survived but I am always very happy when I see, for instance, one single tulip peaking out of a flower pot

It is and it will be a custom in Greece to wish everybody a good month and especially under these difficult circumstances that we are all living in it sounds even more heartfelt when you wish it to somebody. It might also be the start of a conversation that you can have with somebody who needs to cope, just like you and me with this phenomenon.

A couple of things.
1) The next few days will bring bad weather with rain, heavy winds (see below)

2) The Greek government has set up two projects where employers and employees are helped (at least in the next month) because of the corona virus. It concerns businesses that had to close because of the corona virus and employees that were (temporarily) fired because of the corona virus. Ask your accountant about it and how you can apply for a benefit.

3) In these times it is important, I think, that we, citizens think about the people that remain working and are helping to keep things running. In case of the people working for the municipality, who pick up the garbage, it is important that we make their life/work a little bit easier and not harder. The risk of contamination is a real possibility for them. If you have the chance to bring your garbage to the big bin and not leave it out on the street please do this.

4) If you need a new prescription for medicines it is possible to do this online. If you cannot get it directly from the health center anymore please write to me and I will write about it on the blog.

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Good morning everybody and I hope you all are well.
The response from Skopelos news readers after my post about medical equipment for the health center has been really good. Quite a few people contacted me to ask where they could donate. For those who still want to: please contact the persons involved if you want to contribute, their contact details are in my last post on Sunday.

Skopelos town has a new pharmacy which is located opposite the children’s playground, behind the Xenia building and close to the Platanos square.

Irini Petropoulo is the new owner. She wants the public to know that she has realized that more and more the public wants to use natural products as well as the well known medicines. This is why she provides many homeopathy, aromatherapy and plant based therapy products. She says; for your health we advice as best as we can.

The telephone number of the pharmacy is (030) 24240 22378.
Because of the special circumstances concerning the virus the pharmacy is open every day from 08.30 until 16.30 hours. Irini speaks English, French and Russian! We want to wish her the best of luck with her new business.

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This post is from Georgia Patseas and Silje Kramer. They are trying to raise money to buy two breath ventilators for the health center.

As you all are aware of, we are facing very challenging situation related to the Corona virus pandemic.
We have been in contact with the health center and understand they are in urgent need for some equipment in the event of the virus infecting people on Skopelos. We are looking for two ventilators (breathing machines)
These are in high demand due to the virus crises, and we are waiting for the confirmation that we can get the two.

These machines are called BPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure device). BPAP is a type of ventilator, a device that helps with breathing. It can be of vital help for severe Corona infection hitting the lungs, but it may be used when other health problems are making it hard to breathe. A BPAP can help you breathe with any of these conditions:
– Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
– Obstructive sleep apnea
– Obesity hypo-ventilation syndrome
– Pneumonia
– Asthma flare-up
– Poor breathing after surgery
– Neurological disease that disturbs breathing
So, for sure, these ventilators could be very helpful also AFTER the virus crises.

If you would like to contribute, please contact us via Messenger or telephone to Georgia Patseas (+ 30-699 337 2162) or Silje Kramer (+30-697 340 5121/ +47 950 21 778)

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