Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Patras, Charalambos Gogo, spoke about the rapid spread of COVID-19’s Omicron variant across Greece.
As he said on ANT1, we are still in the data collection phase for “Omicron”.
However the first data show that its spread is very fast and that the third dose of the vaccine “helps us a lot to avoid the serious disease, but it is a given that those who are fully vaccinated will also get sick.”
Asked about the number of cases, he said that it is dizzying and he cannot rule out the possibility that they will reach even 100,000 a day.
He predicted that both the escalation and the de-escalation of this wave of the pandemic will be short and will last 1-2 months.
Finally, among other things, Gogos said that the pandemic is dynamic and as the data changes, some things will have to be re-evaluated, such as the operation of schools.
According to data from the United Kingdom for the Omicron variant, it shows that the time of hospitalisation for the patients is shorter than that needed for the Delta variant.
It is also important that it seems that when someone with Omicron falls ill, they are also protected against Delta.
One element that raises serious concerns is how many health professionals will be affected and will not be able to offer their services.
Rapid tests appear not to be as sensitive to the detection of COVID-19’s Omicron variant.