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Covid, Garattini: “Treating him as flu lowers his guard, given deaths he stays high”


Jan 15, 2022

“Treating Covid as a flu? I think it is not the right attitude. We already have many people who go around without a mask, there are unnecessary gatherings for football matches and many other things”. For Silvio Garattini, president of the Mario Negri Irccs Institute for Pharmacological Research, adopting a similar line, as some countries plan to do, would be premature. “For heaven’s sake – says the expert at Adnkronos Salute – let’s keep our attention and keep prudent: as long as we can use the masks let’s do it, for example. This also helps us not to have other infectious diseases that pass through the airways. , like the flu itself. We must not let our guard down. Mortality today is still high. It may be in the past, but it still exists. We hope the time comes when Covid can be treated as a flu, or as a cold, but this is a hope for now “. Does offering or planning now the fourth dose of the anti-Covid vaccine, a path undertaken by some countries in the world, make sense? “For now there is no indication. And then we have not finished taking the third dose yet. We finish this one, at least. We still have millions of people who have not even taken the first dose” replies Garattini. and to the sustainability of a similar pace, the expert tells Adnkronos Salute: “For now there is no reason to move on this” front. “Let’s see what happens. For now, let’s do the third and first doses that are missing.” As for the daily bulletin, “giving the data allows you to make assessments”, but the data from the Covid bulletin “must be illustrated and put in such a way that people understand what we are talking about. And I don’t see why we can’t give this data daily. Then we can also make a weekly summary, because it is certain that it is much more important to understand what happens in the week rather than day by day. But we must not give the impression that something is hidden. If we no longer give the data, it creates mistrust “.” I believe that it is necessary to give all the data, because the public has the right to know how things are – says Garattini – But we must explain what these data mean, explain that they depend on the number of swabs that are done, which depend on many factors “. As for the asymptomatic node, “if anything it can be said that there is a certain number of infected people, of which a share without symptoms. Thus people understand where the problems lie. Then we must emphasize the data concerning intensive care and mortality, because these are the important data “. “If you can differentiate between hospitalizations, fine: in that case – the expert suggests – you can tell what percentage represents the sick who have other risk factors. These are all existing data, we have to give them and we have to explain them. I believe we must count the asymptomatic among the cases, but giving all the detail we can. We must not create unnecessary alarmism, but not even optimism when there is no reason to be optimistic “. “Freeing the asymptomatic positives, with a mask, after 5 days of isolation is a decision that can be taken, but not now. Let’s wait to see when the curve begins to descend. For now the numbers continue to rise” remembers Garattini who would still wait for a a little before following the path opened by the US. This is a choice, explains the scientist to Adnkronos Salute, which “depends on the number of infected people. If you get to a very high number, you can decrease the time of quarantine. It depends on what numbers we will have. Many have said that we have reached the peak of this wave, but in reality it still isn’t there. So let’s wait for the curve to reverse. After that we can also make some different decisions, but for now it continues to rise and these are decisions that are made in ‘ peace ‘”, he concludes.