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Covid Italy, does the ‘Zero Contagion’ policy work? What do Bassetti, Crisanti and Gismondo say


The ‘zero-Covid’ policy, which China insists on pursuing, does not convince Italian experts. From Bassetti to Gismondo, many agree with the words of Giorgia Meloni, who during the closing of the electoral campaign criticized the Speranza model in terms of Covid management and said that in the event of a return of a pandemic “we will not accept more that Italy is the experiment of applying the Chinese model to a Western country “. Read also BASSETTI – “I agree with Giorgia Meloni. I have been fighting the Chinese model Covid-0, or zero infections, for two years. It is a total failure. Thinking of deporting people, as China is doing, is absurd . I do not forget that for a certain period in Italy someone pursued the Covid-0 model, I remember very well Professor Walter Ricciardi who was a consultant to Minister Speranza: he has repeatedly said that one had to be inspired by that Covid-0 model. “, says the infectious disease specialist Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa.” Now we look forward to living with the virus made up of recommendations for vaccinating the most vulnerable, but also removing the restrictions and masks that are served in the past two years but today they are anachronistic “, concluded Bassetti. GISMONDO – For Maria Rita Gismondo, director of the Laboratory of clinical microbiology, virology and bio-emergency diagnostics at the Sacco Hospital in Milan “the extremely restrictive approach adopted against the Covid-19 pandemic has caused damage that will last for years: depressed young people , economy in pieces, adults with the ‘hut syndrome’ “. “The thought expressed by Giorgia Meloni coincides with what I have argued in recent years”, she says to Adnkronos Salute. CRISANTI – Instead Meloni attacks, Andrea Crisanti. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The Chinese model”, baptized ‘zero Covid’, “has not really been applied to Italy. The nations that have applied the Chinese model, such as New Zealand and Australia, or South Korea and Japan, emerged from this epidemic with their heads held high, with a very low number of deaths and very little economic damage. The problem, if anything, is that Italy has not applied the Chinese model “, says the director of the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Padua, candidate by the Democratic Party as leader in the Senate in the Europe constituency. Crisanti replies by citing instead “the model tested in Vo ‘Euganeo, that is, the mass test”, and observes Adnkronos Salute: “Meloni does not know what he is talking about . It is not her fault, because she does not have the scientific skills and perhaps she is not surrounded by the right people. The Chinese model is not the lockdown – she specifies – The Chinese model is mass surveillance that has been successfully applied in Japan, in Korea, Vietnam, in Australia, New Zealand – he lists – A model that was then abandoned when the vaccines arrived. So what are we talking about? “. On the other hand, Crisanti admits that the Chinese model can no longer be valid for the future.” Because the virus has changed and has a very high transmissibility. It would therefore be difficult to apply “, he reasons. If, on the other hand, a new pandemic brought about by a new virus were to arrive,” it cannot be said “a priori that it would not be useful to adopt it.” The fundamental point, looking at Covid, is that the Chinese model does not has been applied in Italy and we are discussing something that does not exist “, he urges. Could Speranza make different choices?” We must consider the complexities linked to the fact that Italy is part of the European Community and this perhaps would have made the model very difficult which has successfully made it possible to control the epidemic in other countries, because the free movement of goods and people does not fit in with a model that imposes controls. Hope – concludes Crisanti – did what she could. Point “. PREGLIASCO -” I don’t think the Chinese Zero Covid system was used in Italy. What we chose to adopt after the first wave was a mitigation approach “. And with regard to the closure imposed in the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic,” the lockdown served in the moment of emergency and it is proven that it did, obviously partially “. Virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, professor of Hygiene at the State University of Milan, explains this to Adnkronos Salute after the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, criticized “the Speranza model” saying that, “in the case of possible return of a pandemic, we will no longer accept that Italy is the experiment of applying the Chinese model to a Western country “.” Public health choices – underlines Pregliasco – are a difficult task for politicians who must balance the problems health care with psychological and economic ones “. These are decisions that are made with” great, great difficulty “, the doctor repeats. And if imagining a new global epidemic is not possible now trace scenarios, looking at this Pregliasco believes that “the current epidemiological situation should allow us to manage the near future with ordinary means”. However, he points out, “we must plan the possible progression of interventions according to how the expected rising waves will evolve. I do not feel like excluding this necessity”, that is, that of some tightening, “at least in planning terms. is needed “. MINELLI – “The utopia of the Chinese model is certainly over, after having failed miserably, this does not need to be reminded by anyone, least of all from a rally stage. We can instead draw a definitive cross on what has been and take science back in hand without, however, claims of infallibility “. This was stated by the immunologist Mauro Minelli, responsible for Southern Italy of the Foundation for Personalized Medicine, to Adnkronos Salute. “The next government, whatever it may be, will have to work in the direction of dialogue between the various sectors of the public health system with the various branches of specialization capable of interfacing, without apodictic centralization and without exasperated decentralization”, suggests the immunologist. “Serious mistake for me, in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was to presume in an arrogant and overbearing way that it was only a virological or infectious issue and not yet immunological, cardiological, neurological – concludes Minelli – The whole visual spectrum of Medicine was involved and if we have learned something then let’s try to train our memory in order to avoid persevering with the mistakes made and the damage done. In good faith? Hopefully, but still avoidable next time “.



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