Ômicron: “The situation is still getting worse, but there may be a decline in March”, says infectious disease specialist
In an interview with CNN this Saturday (22), the vice president of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases and professor at UNESP, Alexandre Naime Barbosa, spoke about the perspective of the dissemination of the Ômicron variant in Brazil. For the doctor, if the trend that occurred in other countries is followed, the strain should be predominant for up to five more weeks, and begin to show a decline in early March.
“If we were to assess the transmission profile of the Ômicron variant in countries that had this spread before us, such as South Africa and the United Kingdom, after the four or five week period of predominance there is a very important drop. ”, said the infectious disease specialist.
According to the professor, the pandemic scenario will still get worse in Brazil, due to the transmissibility of the Ômicron variant, however, the decline should occur in a few weeks.
“There is a perspective, mainly until the end of February and beginning of March – we will make the situation worse – but that in this period there will be a decline in the number of cases, and consequently, in the number of hospitalizations for Covid. If this is really what happened in other countries, it is the most realistic perspective.”, said Alexandre Naime.
AT CNN, the vice president of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases spoke about the profile of people currently hospitalized for Covid-19, highlighting the importance of a complete vaccination schedule to avoid serious cases of the disease.
“The first most prevalent profile is of people who have not received any dose, about 60% to 70% of hospitalized patients are those who have not been vaccinated. Then we have the profile of patients who were incompletely vaccinated, who received only one dose or have not yet taken a booster dose”, he explained.
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Reference: CNN Brasil