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OMIKRON hit in full force: We are in phase 2! The pressure for testing is growing, the worst is Orava and East – Topky

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This was stated on Wednesday by the head of the Institute of Health Analyzes Matej Mišík together with the Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský and the epidemiologist of the department Martin Pavelek.

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The Omikron wave has already broken out in Slovakia, we are ready

The Omikron wave began to dominate in Slovakia, Lengvarský said. “We have a high increase in the positivity of PCR tests. We perceive the situation carefully, we do not record the onslaught on hospitals yet,” said the minister, adding that every day they evaluate the measures and prepare for the increased need for testing, or for the creation of triad statutes. “We are ready for what awaits us. The forecasts we have been talking about are being fulfilled.” stated.

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Record increase in cases

In recent days, there has been an increase in the number of cases, with almost 14,000 more infected in Slovakia on Tuesday. “On average, it’s currently around 8,500 a day, while last week it was at 3,600 cases a day,” said the head of the Institute of Medical Analysis Matej Mišík. As for the number of hospitalized, the numbers continue to decline.

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The number of patients requiring artificial lung ventilation has also decreased. “Hospitals admit about 150 patients a day,” he said. However, the onset of the omicron wave is clearly visible. The positivity of the tests is around 43 percent.

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Only in 14 districts has the number of positives tripled

The wave of the omicron variant is growing significantly throughout Slovakia. “Only in 14 districts did the number of positive cases more than triple compared to last week,” said Mišík. In four districts, up to two percent of their population have tested positive in the last seven days. These are Námestovo, Tvrdošín, Stropkov and Dunajská Streda. “However, we do not have significant job losses here yet,” assured the minister.

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Slovakia is entering the second phase of the OMIKRON wave! We will wait longer for the test, there is no capacity


There is also a high test positivity in many districts. “Eight districts are at a level of more than 50 percent positivity,” Mišík clarified. According to him, however, the number of ambulance trips is growing. Last week it was 519 trips. “Not all regions saw an increase. The most significant increase occurred in the Prešov Region,” stated.

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As for vaccination, almost 100,000 people received a booster dose last week, a total of almost one and a half million citizens received a third dose. “Almost 90 percent of people over the age of 60 have received the third dose. For other people who have passed the required period, 60 percent have already received the third dose.” he said, adding that 11,000 first-time vaccinees arrived last week.

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Omikorn symptoms vary

Epidemiologist Martin Pavelka explained the details of the omicron variant. Many of the symptoms are similar to omicronsuch as diarrhea, body weakness, fatigue.

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“However, a few symptoms are different in the delta and the omicron. Sore throat is the main different symptom, it is reported up to twice as often. , ” described by Pavelka.

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We forget the environment in which the new variant occurs

He also focused on misinformation or misinterpretation of information. He spoke in particular that omicron is more contagious but less dangerous in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

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“We forget that the environment of these countries is highly focused, highly vaccinated or highly infested. The mistake we make is that we transfer statistics from one environment and apply it to a country that has a completely different environment.” stated.

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According to a study by epidemiologist Alexandra Bražinová and her team, up to a quarter of the population have no antibodies. “By comparison, in countries like the UK or the US, there is only 5 percent,” he explained.

The third dose significantly strengthens protection

As for the protective effect of two doses of vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer), they also provide sufficient protection in the environment of omicron. “The problem is that after some three or four months, however, it reaches an unacceptable level,” Pavelka said. “However, with the third dose, we can perfectly compensate for the loss of the protective effect of the vaccine that occurred during the transition to the new omicron environment.”

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However, he continues to call on people to get vaccinated, as two doses will provide protection. Fully vaccinated people should also take a booster dose if they have been three months old. The protective effect of the third dose against difficult course, hospitalization or death is up to 96.7 percent. “It’s a very high protective effect. We use a vaccine to protect our health and our lives.” stated.

Overcoming COVID alone is not enough

“Overcoming COVID alone in the environment of the previous variants does not provide sufficient protection. One in four people becomes infected again.” Pavelka explains. Up to a third of patients suffer from so-called long COVID, so at least one of the symptoms lasts for more than six months.

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Our cognitive abilities can also be impaired if a person has overcome COVID with a difficult course, or has been on devices. “Your IQ can drop by up to seven points. COVID-19 can cripple and damage your quality of life for a long time.” stated.

Will they also accept the AG test when overcoming COVID?

Lengvarský also commented on whether the overcoming of COVID would be recognized on the basis of a positive AG test, as PCR testing is expected to be exploited. Currently, overcoming is recognized only on the basis of a positive PCR test. “Our original proposal was for people who have a positive AG test to be recognized in Slovakia as positive, ie overcome,” stated.

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However, this information cannot currently be entered in the COVID passport so that it is recognized throughout the European Union. However, we are not the only country that has a problem with that. “Today was the meeting of the European Commission. We are ready to acknowledge this and we are waiting for the results of the EC negotiations to be agreed at European level,” stated that there was no question of antibody recognition.

The administration of monoclonal antibodies is likely to be stopped in Slovakia, as studies show that they do not work as expected. “We are negotiating Paxlovide. It is being addressed at European Commission level,” said about the drug Lengvarsky.

The instruction to create the so-called The statutes have not yet been issued by the ministry

The Ministry of Health has not yet issued an instruction to create triangular statutes. “The ones in front of the hospitals are the remnants of the second wave,” Lengvarský. In addition to the statutes, buildings may be set aside for the purpose of patient trials. In the first round, patients should be trained mainly by teaching and university hospitals, and then 19 smaller hospitals should be selected. “If necessary, others will join,” says the minister.

Unvaccinated employees should continue to be tested after 1 February

Unvaccinated employees should be tested in the workplace after 1 February. Staff testing was also one of the topics of the central crisis staff. The minimum testing of employees is once a week, each company has its own rules.

“Individual companies are ready for this and have manuals on how to manage it so that they do not endanger the operation of critical infrastructure in particular,” Lengvarsky noted. It assumes that the extension of the OTP regime in the workplace will take place in cooperation with the Chief Hygienist. However, such material was not submitted to the government.

OMIKRON hit in full force: We are in phase 2! The pressure for testing is growing, the worst being Orava and the East

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