On 20 March, the Government Committee on the emergency situation convened a Scientific Advisory Board to collect and analyse expert information for the Government.
The Scientific Advisory Board:
- evaluates the epidemiological situation in Estonia and in the world;
- keeps the Government informed about the latest scientific research;
- evaluates enacting and easing possible restrictions based on an epidemiological and clinical point of view, and makes recommendations to the Government for possible decisions. The decisions about restrictions and measures are taken by the government;
- represents Estonia at the regular meetings of the European Union virology experts.
The recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Government are based on the following information:
- international studies and research;
- the statistics of the Health Board on the number of infections and people in need of hospital treatment, and prognostic models based on this data;
- The University of Tartu study "Detecting coronavirus in waste water", the results of which are published on a weekly basis. It is possible to see the waste water study and its results on the web page of the University of Tartu https://www.ut.ee/en/research/detecting-coronavirus-waste-water;
- The University of Tartu study "The prevalence of coronavirus in Estonia" that uses cross-sectional research to evaluate the actual prevalence of the coronavirus and the progress of the epidemic in Estonia. It is possible to see the study and its results on the web page of the University of Tartu https://www.ut.ee/en/research/study-prevalence-coronavirus-estonia.
- A regular study ordered in cooperation between the Government Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs that maps the attitudes and behaviour of the population in relation to the COVID-19 epidemic. The results of the regular study can be seen on the web page of the Government Office https://riigikantselei.ee/uuringud (in Estonian).
Professor Irja Lutsar presents the results of the internal discussions at the Scientific Advisory Board to the Government at the cabinet meetings. The role of the Scientific Advisory Board is to consult and the decisions about restrictions are made by the Government.
The Head of the Scientific Advisory Board is the Professor of the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine of the University of Tartu, Irja Lutsar.
The members of the Advisory Board are:
- Krista Fischer, Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Tartu,
- Andero Uusberg, Senior Researcher in Affective Psychology at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Tartu,
- Peep Talving, Chief Doctor of North-Estonian Regional Hospital, Professor of Surgical Diseases at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Tartu,
- Pillerin Soodla, Doctor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Tartu
- Andres Merits, Professor and Applied Virologist at the University of Tartu.
Kristi Rüütel, the Scientific Secretary of the National Institute for Health Development, who was a member of the Council until the end of 2020 has been replaced by Andero Uusberg.
The work of the Scientific Advisory Board is coordinated by the Government Office and for more detailed information we ask you to turn to the Government Office directly.
The proposals of the Scientific Advisory Board can be downloaded from the cloud of the Government Office (in Estonian).
Risk level meters and intervals of indicators for every risk level have been established on the basis on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Board. More information on the risk levels of the spread of coronavirus can be found here: https://www.kriis.ee/en/when-risk-level-high.
Instructions for limiting the spread of the coronavirus according to the risk level can be found here: https://www.valitsus.ee/riskimaatriks (in Estonian).
Last updated: 13.05.2021 09:13
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