“The pandemic is entering a chronic phase. We will now have permanent measures “- different

Vatopoulos: “The pandemic is entering a phase of chronicity. We will now have permanent measures “

Regarding the increase in positivity in the last 24 hours, due to the intense mobility during the Easter days, Mr. Vatopoulos states that “logically there will be an increase in cases in the coming weeks, but I do not think we should have regrets that we” messed up “Easter

“It must be understood that Covid-19 is not over and that we are entering a phase of chronicity, so we will not have extraordinary, but permanent measures, which will change our way of life,” said the professor of Microbiology, speaking to FM. Alkiviadis Vatopoulos, a member of the Public Health Policy Department at the University of West Attica and a member of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health. to become heavy, sometimes fatal. So we have to adapt our social life accordingly. That is, the most vulnerable should get used to avoiding crowds and wearing a mask. “The younger ones, for their part, should take care of the older ones, etc.”, he pointed out.

In addition, Mr. Vatopoulos expresses optimism that the next epidemic waves will be much milder (except for the shocking unexpected appearance of a variant, which will be resistant to vaccines, which is an existing scenario). The epidemic, as we have seen, says the professor, is evolving in successive epidemic waves.

We assume that the next waves will be much softer

“These waves last for about two or three months, with two or three months of calm. We are currently in the fourth. So we have every reason to expect that then will come a fifth, a sixth, a seventh wave, which we assume will be much milder, because the population is already largely immune to either the vaccine or the disease. , or both. It is not absolute that as time goes on the virus will become milder. We saw it with Delta, which gave a more serious disease than the previous Alpha variant. We are not sure what to expect. “Logically, the most contagious and less pathogenic variants will prevail, without this being absolute,” said Mr. Vatopoulos.

Regarding the increase in positivity in the last 24 hours, due to the intense mobility during the Easter days, Mr. Vatopoulos states that “logically there will be an increase in cases in the coming weeks, but I do not think we should have regrets that we” messed up “Easter . After two years, the world has already entered a new phase. After all, psychologically, when you have a constant condition, it ceases to be acute. And to note that we treated the infection differently two years ago and differently today, when, for example, we learn that someone from our environment is positive “.

Source: protothema.gr


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