We will soon see a new strain of Covid-19: Perevoshchikov warns

It is likely that in the second half of summer or autumn we will see a new strain of the Covid-19 virus, said the director of the risk analysis and prevention department of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), an epidemiologist Yuri Perevoshchikov.

Currently, rates of Covid-19 and influenza are declining, there are fewer hospitalized patients in hospitals, and the concentration of the Covid-19 virus in wastewater is getting lower. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in early May that the global coronavirus pandemic was no longer considered an international health emergency.

Perevoshchikov noted that the last rise in the incidence of the virus, which was observed in March and April, has also ended. However, he urges to keep in mind that in the past two years, outbreaks have occurred with a regularity of two to three months, and this was due to changes in the virus.

“The virus will not remain in the existing strain forever, mutations will continue. Most likely, we will see something new in the second half of the summer or maybe in the fall. If it is something like an omicron, it will not be harder, but the number of patients will increase “, – said Perevoshchikov.

According to him, everything will depend on how many people have retained acquired immunity, as well as how many have been vaccinated. Therefore, according to Perevoshchikov, one should in any case prepare for the autumn vaccination campaign against Covid-19 and influenza, because “seasonal factors will undoubtedly take place and people belonging to risk groups are at higher risk of infection.”

Currently, other viruses are circulating in the country as usual. According to Perevoshchikov, from time to time there are outbreaks of intestinal infectious diseases, this year three cases of diphtheria have been reported. On the other hand, there will be more seasonal diseases in summer, but fewer respiratory ones.

He recalled that in summer, like every year, ticks become active, so it is important when visiting the forest to be careful and not forget about vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis.

Also in the summer, when the air temperature rises, food outside the refrigerator spoils faster and bacteria multiply faster in them.

Perevoshchikov also recommends swimming in places where water is monitored, because in small unmonitored bodies of water there are more risks of bacteria entering the body.

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