“During the holidays we vaccinate children”

Silvio Brusaferro, president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, spokesperson for the Technical Scientific Committee (Cts) in an interview with Corriere della Sera it contains in three words the recommendations that could lead us towards a new phase of epidemic control: “Prudence, awareness, trust”.

The government has just launched a package of restrictive measures that should accompany us towards the exit door from the current critical situation. What is the pivot?

«None – replies Brusaferro – prevails over the other, in terms of importance. It is the set of measures that calls every single citizen to a great sense of responsibility. Even the easing of the quarantine for people vaccinated with the greatest coverage (three doses or two if 120 days have not passed) and who have contact with positive subjects, appeals to common sense in managing our behaviors. The precautions for them? Always wear the Ffp2 mask, for greater safety, avoid gatherings, be careful if you are close to fragile people and get to the negativity test. This means living freedom with awareness ».

The president of the Higher Institute of Health explains that «The growth of cases is clear and very rapid. We are over 600 positives per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 7 days. It is a clear signal. The diagnostic activity is intense. About one million tests a day – a very high ability to detect infected people. Young people are most affected. They are given in line with the rest of Europe. The curve of the epidemic is still rising ».

However, the percentage of vaccinated with three doses also rises. «Over 60% of the population for which the recall is prescribed – explains Brusaferro al Corsera – has received the booster. We are talking about 19 million people. Yes, these are very satisfying numbers and I have no doubt that they will get bigger. People have understood that the vaccine is a fundamental tool ».

What do we know about the Omicron variant? «Everything – replies the president of the Higher Institute of Health – suggests that this variant will have become largely dominant around mid-January. Currently the field is competing with the Delta variant, with respect to which it is much more transmissible but we await more solid data to understand if it is less dangerous in causing serious illness and requiring hospitalization. However, we know that three doses of the vaccine, while not completely protecting against infection, avoid the complications of Covid. If there had not been vaccines, today we would be in a dramatic situation ».

Children and young people are the most affected. «I hope – replies the spokesperson of the CTS – that during these holidays the parents, following the instructions of the pediatricians, take the children to the vaccination centers. It is important to keep them safe from the risk of Covid. The resumption of the school is imminent and it is good that the little ones can return to the benches well equipped even against the virus ».

Tips for New Year’s Eve? “Avoid overcrowded places, especially indoors. Better to meet only if “equipped” with the vaccine. Remember to always ventilate the rooms, in any case, opening the windows from time to time, and to use masks when recommended. My wish: the situation is complex, but we can look forward to a more peaceful 2022 ».

Source: by www.diariodelweb.it.

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