Omicron, Bassetti: “In 2022 we will have 95% of the protected population”

The situation is better than it was a year ago according to the virologist Matteo Bassetti. “For the spring 2022 we will have 95% of the population protected “by Covid-19,” either directly because people have had the disease or indirectly because they are covered by the vaccine. In both cases there will be protection against serious illness and therefore we will have weakened the virus ».

Matteo Bassetti underlines this at Adnkronos Salute, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the Policlinico San Martino hospital in Genoa. According to the expert, we will not completely eliminate the virus «because we will continue to live with it. But it is one thing to face the flu, another is severe pneumonia as it happened in the past “. «The numbers have changed», observes Bassetti, who for 2022 says he is «optimistic. I suggest everyone to look at these steeply rising numbers with a thoughtful attitude, because hospitalizations and serious illnesses are significantly lower than in previous waves. We are navigating towards the exit from the emergency », predicts the doctor.

Chrysants: “We are in the hands of the virus evolution process”

«For 2022 I don’t make any predictions. The end of the pandemic? Perhaps. But the problem is the choices we make. If we go on like this, we are in the hands of the virus evolution process“. The virologist Andrea Crisanti ironically relies on the magnanimity of the virus for the new year, he explains to Adnkronos Salute. The director of the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Padua yesterday he called the new quarantine rules “unsupported by data” close positive contacts (eliminated for those vaccinated for less than 4 months or with a recall, as long as they are self-awake and wear the Ffp2 mask). A “renunciation of tracing”, for Crisanti. The expert had also identified “not thinking ahead” as “original sin”, as happened with the “third doses”, which in his opinion should “start as early as June” and could “mitigate the current situation” . “This is why I say that we must hope that the virus graces us – he concludes – and that it does not become even more virulent and resistant”.

Pregliasco: “Next year we will still be wearing the mask”

“I imagine a 2022 still” in mask “, that is, with the need to continue to respect the new anti-Covid etiquette, but with the possibility of a better coexistence with the virus”. The virologist wishes it for the coming year Fabrizio Pregliasco, lecturer at the State University of Milan. “I also hope for the efficacy and availability of antiviral drugs that will serve as a complement to vaccinesTo counter Sars-CoV-2, he tells Adnkronos Salute.

The doctor’s hope for the new year “can only relate to my passion, the study of influenza – he explains – In fact, already with the interventions implemented against Covid-19 we have understood the need for greater responsibility towards respiratory diseases. Once we looked strange at the oriental people who came to us wearing masks, now we are asked to do the sameAnd also for the future we will be called to coexist with the new invisible enemy. After all, “once with the flu we went to work anyway”, explains Pregliasco. “Here – he concludes – for 2022 I am confident in a new focus on respiratory diseases due to the weight they have: perhaps a low specific risk, but a significant effect on public health ».


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Omicron, Bassetti: “In 2022 we will have 95% of the protected population”

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