Covid has entered “a benign phase”. This was stated in an interview with ‘Il Fatto Quotidiano’ by Guido Silvestri, an internationally renowned virologist and professor at Emory University in Atlanta, according to whom “this would have been the evolution of the virus, with all due respect to the parasol virologists who thought the opposite, we had already foreseen it in 2020. And so it happened “. Professor, so can we say that the pandemic is ending? “Not so, but two months ago I already argued that, with the vaccines and the arrival of Omicron, the emergency phase of the pandemic would soon be over. And so it was. We will have to live with Sars-CoV-2 as we live with so many. other viruses, “he replies. In 20 days in Italy we will officially be in the ‘free all’ phase. Is it the right time? “I hate the expression free all ‘, it is senseless from a scientific point of view and impregnated with a moralistic and stigmatizing background towards the sick – warns Silvestri – The problem, if anything, is to reconcile the need to contain the virus with the fact that closures generalized conditions lead to devastating socio-economic and psychological damage, especially in the poorest and the youngest. The choice of coexistence with the virus, which is not a ‘free all’ but an approach based both on science and on common sense “. Wouldn’t it have been better to keep the masks indoors? “I find the recommendations of the US Cdc very sensible, not dissimilar from the rules in force since May 12 in Italy. The indoor mask is recommended only if the level of transmission of the virus in a certain community is high, a level that is determined on the basis of infections, hospital admissions and the reception capacity of the health system. With these rules, over 90% of Americans currently live in areas where the indoor mask is not mandatory “, he specifies. What should we expect from autumn? “A new resurgence of Sars-CoV-2, which will behave like all respiratory viruses, following a typically seasonal trend. We will be able to control it if we are prepared, that is, with the well-vaccinated population, not only frail elderly, all , including children, and with quantities effective in reducing the risk of severe Covid for Omicron and similar variants “, concludes Silvestri.
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