I worry!! If the situation escapes, it is difficult to "turn" it. Athanasios Tsakris expressed his concern about the course of the epidemic in the country, Professor of EKPA and member of the committee of infectious diseases, speaking to SKAI….
Mr.. Tsakris also referred to the British coronavirus mutation which is aggressive in both children and adults according to British studies.
"The issue is the trend that is forming and shows that there is already a relatively high epidemiological burden in our country, that if we do not take the right measures, we may have very unpleasant surprises later ".
"I am just worried about the next few days. We have come this far with tremendous financial sacrifices, it is a pity at this stage that we are not able to control the whole situation in the coming months which are particularly critical, let us not forget that the epidemiological burden is high at the moment and we can very easily have relapses if we relax, if we think that because the market has opened that we have overcome it and that it is over. "Do not pass this message on to the world," he noted.
We will review them all next week, if the upward trend continues, is very important for subsequent decisions clarified. If we see increasing trends in hospitalizations as well, and mechanical support needs, which are objective indicators, this shows that the measures should be more intensive, the professor clarified.
"These months will be the most difficult, I believe that by the summer and until the vaccinations with a high percentage of vaccination population have been completed ω I believe that since September having vaccinated a high percentage of the population, "We will have a completely different attitude towards the epidemic," he added.
According to Mr.. Tsakri is forming a trend in Greece, that there is a relatively high epidemiological burden and if we do not take the right measures we may have unpleasant surprises then.
"Synchronicity, relaxation from the holiday season, Weather conditions - the weather has deteriorated and low temperatures help transmit the virus- mobility around the opening up of the economy, contributed to the growing trend in Attica to look more meticulously at the measures. If the situation escapes, as in Britain, Portugal, Spain, it is difficult to turn it back, "The virus has taught this from the first wave," he said.
Opening of Gymnasiums
According to Mr. Tsakris, it matters how something opens, needs very good supervision, faithful implementation of protocols, coordinated laboratory tests and faithful implementation of health protocols.
"Children should not take tests before going to school but there should be organized sample checks to have control over what happens in schools. With the slightest symptom the children stay at home!! And to have the laboratory tests that are an important tool in managing the proper re-operation of the school units "explained the professor.
Asked why this does not apply to Lyceums, Mr. Tsakris answered:
«According to studies, until the 12 years the transmissibility is low, little by little then it starts and increases in the children of the Lyceum, is very similar to adults ". Only the Gymnasiums are open at this stage for “red” areas added.
British mutation: Equally aggressive in children and adults
stated that, British coronavirus mutation is aggressive in both children and adults, according to British studies. In general, of course, we must learn to live with mutations…
"If we see that there are increasing trends in hospitalizations as well, and mechanical support needs, which are objective indicators, which shows that the measures must be more intensive, ”the professor clarified.
"These months will be the most difficult, I believe that by the summer and until the vaccinations have been completed with a high percentage of the population that will have been vaccinated ω I believe that since September having vaccinated a high percentage of the population, "We will have a completely different attitude towards the epidemic," he added.