“Those who spent Christmas with a lot of people must have consequences”, says infectious disease

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In an interview with CNN this Saturday (25), infectologist Marcos Boulos, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (USP), said that the signs of an increase in cases and hospitalizations due to the new Ômicron variant of the coronavirus in Brazil are worrying and that the country, as is already happening elsewhere in the world, it should see a new outbreak of infections soon.

“We are doing well in terms of controlling the epidemic in Brazil. We are increasing immunization and we can reach a good number of people immunized in a few weeks, but what we have at the moment is not enough and the parties are absolutely undesirable”, he said.

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“Whoever spent Christmas with a lot of people will probably have consequences. We’re seeing meetings with four to five people where everyone is getting infected, so we still need to be careful.”

Boulos says that, in a scenario in which a good part of the population is already vaccinated with at least two doses of the vaccine, it is possible to keep small meetings between family members and close people who are immunized and following the protocols and daily care, such as wear masks and avoid crowding.

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It does not mean, however, to completely let down your guard. “The Ômicron will likely increase significantly [no Brasil]”, he said. “Despite the non-seriousness that it has shown everywhere, the number of cases and the demand for medical-hospital assistance should increase a lot.”

*Text published by Juliana Elias

Reference: CNN Brasil

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