Vaccination explains significant drop in Covid-19 numbers, says infectious disease

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The fact that nine states – Acre, Amapá, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Piauí, Rondônia, Roraima, São Paulo and Sergipe – have not registered deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours can be explained by the advance of vaccination in the country.

This is the assessment of infectologist Marcelo Otsuka, in an interview with CNN Rádio. He said the data “is very positive”, as there is finally a “progressive decline curve” in the pandemic data.

“We attribute this to vaccination, which was the only event that impacted the situation, we certainly feel a good chance that an increase will not happen again,” he explained.

Even so, Otsuka sees points of concern about the coronavirus: “We need to know better about the virus, there is influenza, which we need to revaccinate every year because there is a drop in the immune response, the coronavirus must follow a similar path.”

Likewise, he believes that the current situation requires care: “It is not yet time to stop taking non-pharmacological measures, such as the use of masks, and we need to monitor the evolution of immunity, especially in the elderly.”

The infectologist stated that “very likely” we will not be able to eliminate the virus, as it mutates: “Control means diagnosis and notification, and this will continue forever, as with measles, mumps, whooping cough, all infections that have vaccination for protect.”

Reference: CNN Brasil

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