“If Omicron prevails, the positive curve will drop shortly”

«The school has been closed for a long time and the infections have continued to increase: I believe that the contribution of students is really irrelevant with a variant that spreads with such speed. In a sense we have two pandemics: one supported by Omicron and the other by Delta. If Omicron manages to overwhelm Delta, since the disease it causes is less severe, then perhaps we will be able to see the curve descend in a matter of weeks. A very rapid expansion of Omicron over Delta would not be bad news in itself. ” So in an interview with Corriere della Sera Giuseppe Remuzzi, director of the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research.

«With the third dose – he explains – only elderly people who have other types of associated diseases end up in intensive care. The percentage of unvaccinated in hospital is very high, if we were all vaccinated there would be no problem of saturation of the beds. If we want to talk about the end of the pandemic, I think we will still have to take precautions at least for a couple of years ”, concludes Remuzzi.

Greco (Cts): “It is not the students who make the infections rise”

“It is not the school that pulls the infection” and the CTS has emphasized it “already many other times in the past. Of course, it is true that he has not recently expressed himself, after all we only give opinions on the questions that are put to us. The CTS has embraced the government’s line: do everything possible to keep schools open. And out of 59 meetings, we 10 members in the end always reached unanimity. It is not cheap ». Thus in an interview with La Repubblica Donato Greco, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist, member of the CTS, led the Prevention of both the Higher Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health.

With the reopening of the institutes, he argues, “there may be more infections but in part they will be due to this frenzy of school screening, those made with salivary, scientifically insipid”.

“The vaccine requirement was a defeat: the citizens should have joined all of their own free will But at this point there was no other way”, continues Greco, for which for the infections to slow down “two things must happen: first must there is the complete diffusion of Omicron, then the winter must pass. This virus has a strong seasonality but by increasing vaccinations at the rate we are proceeding with, in a couple of weeks the susceptibles will be reduced ».

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