“It is useless now, the disease has changed”

corona virus disease, when do we say Goodbye to quarantine on the positives? While the new rules on inner masksAt work and on public transportation to the world of viruses Massimo Clemente, director of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Virology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, important words have arrived on the subject. According to Clementi iThe next step towards normalcy in Italy could actually be a goodbye to quarantine even for SARS-CoV-2 positives.

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“In many countries they are no longer isolated. I also very much doubt the usefulness of this,” Clemente tells Adnkronos Salute. “The next real step toward normalcy, in my opinion, is the fall vaccination campaign, given the failure of this fourth dose” in Spring “which saw very low adhesions. In my opinion, the people best gave themselves this opportunity in September and October. Otherwise they would have had to immediately re-graft again, only to be called again at Christmas, next spring and the like.” for Quarantine for the positiveClemente asks himself: “What effect does that have on us? Tracing no longer exists and the virus is spreading above all among asymptomatic people.”

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“Masks in the office, wear them again”

“It seems that from May 1, we will be taking a step forward” toward the end of the Covid measures, “with caution over the past few weeks, but certainly there are options that will also help tourism recover a little bit. Some contexts, from public transportation to hospitals, as in cinemas and theaters ‘until late June. I will also take the same precautions in the fall.’ And ‘in the office’, where it will only be recommended from May, ‘I will continue to use the mask on Anyway, outdoors or in the presence of other people. As a form of respect. I’m not saying to wear it when you are alone in your room in front of the computer. But to do so in the presence of others, especially now that we also have a time horizon, is a small sacrifice “.

Clemente urges people to view the masks as “friends”, not “enemies” to be eliminated. “So everyone is free to do whatever they want – he points out – but I hope people are now informed of the usefulness of the mask at certain times. They shouldn’t see it as something negative, they should see it as something to use when needed, as an accessory. For everyday life, like sunglasses, as a defense to defend. I am in the office I use it. I am not saying that to reach the absurdity of holding it while driving alone in the car, it has always been useless,” he smiles. As for the relief of the green lane that begins Effective May 1, “I would have done it even before, the most difficult thing to understand remained – concludes the virologist – the role of the call for vaccination has already been played in the first weeks of application. Now it is just an unhelpful metric. It is right that we are no longer obligated to show that.”

“Covid today is a different disease, no exceptional measures”

Today with Covid, we are seeing a different disease, a disease characterized by many asymptomatic or minor infections in the upper airways, and it is no longer the disease that we knew in the first year of the epidemic. So I would be surprised that extraordinary measures are taken for an epidemic of this kindas happens for example in China where there are currently dozens of cities, with millions upon millions of people on lockdown, Clemente adds.

Precisely for this reason, the expert welcomes the easing of recent measures. It’s okay to keep scanning because The progress of this epidemic We have to keep it under control, the fact that there are important diagnostic notes, but in a while it won’t be like that. We’ll have to keep doing that until the fall, because that’s going to be the time when we’re going to have to decide who to vaccinate, and whether people at risk need to be vaccinated again, we’re going to have to understand how much virus there is going to be in that time and how much it affects hospitals.lists the virologist.

But he also wants to specify: There is no surprise In the way the virus evolves, with the influx of sub and recombinant variants of Omicron. for him It is quite an expected development, which does not derail the virus outside of Omicron, but rather highlights how the evolution of Omicron was one that somehow adapted the virus to the new host, to the human being, and clearly the virus had to take it back and receive more ease of transmission. But it was a virus, if you like, that immunized people with the vaccine.

Those who fear the arrival of a Covid variant that will revert to its more ‘bad’ versions as a risk that will linger long into the future He must say when he saw such an event – Clemente objecting – a new virus comes to man, infecting him with the worst of himself when it arrives. Then it adapts with time. There has never been a reversal of the virus and I think we will never see it, due to the adaptation to the new host. I worry about other viruses, like bird flu, and what might happen next. There have been very significant outbreaks of late, they have passed almost silently, and instead have to be closely monitored because we must prevent new “fallouts”.hops of sorts From nature to man in the future“.

Last update: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 21:22

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