The risk is that 2022 will be “the year of the groundhog”, that is, very similar to 2021. Walter Ricciardi, scientific advisor to the Minister of Health and professor of Hygiene at the Catholic University, fails to be very optimistic even on New Year’s Eve. “We risk reliving a film we have already seen,” he explains in an interview with the newspaper La Stampa. “New variants, an increase in infections, a phase of attenuation and relative tranquility in summer and then new waves in autumn and winter”.
Perennial pandemic state
“If we continue to circulate the virus we are not heading towards endemic, but towards a perennial pandemic state: only with a low number of cases can we think of living with a virus. But this virus reinfects, the same person can get infected several times: if we think we adapt to it, it will punish us. Look at what happens in Great Britain, where they had deluded themselves and postponed the closures for this Christmas period, now they will probably have to make a lockdown », comments Ricciardi.
The super Green pass must be absolutely extended
On the other hand, has our government taken the right measures or was something more needed? “An important part of the government, from the health minister to the premier himself, wanted to do more. The super Green pass must be immediately extended to all activities, both work and social. January will be a very complicated month, with an exponential increase in cases, we will reach hundreds of thousands of infected persons per day. To witness a descent we will have to wait until February, as long as we attack the virus and this variant that doubles every day and a half: we need to take the appropriate measures and push more on the vaccination campaign ”, underlines Ricciardi.
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