Prymula: The virus has changed in the summer, it can be worse in the autumn

“Numerically favorable numbers are not. But we are in a completely different situation than we were in March, April. The disease behaves clinically differently, all over Europe. The number of deaths is significantly lower, “said Prymula.

In recent days, there have been 323 and 175 new infections in the statistics. But according to the chief hygienist of the Czech Republic, Jarmila Rážová, only 104 people are currently hospitalized, 18 of them with a serious course, and these are mainly elderly people with other serious diseases and often have more.

“The virus behaves naturally. When we abolished the vast majority of area measures, there is logically an increase. And we see that in most European countries. The dominant task of hygienists in particular is to avoid an exponential increase. Thus, the numbers are not critical in terms of clinical course, but represent an epidemiological risk, “he added.

According to him, it is not appropriate to talk about the “weakening” of the virus or a dramatic mutation.

“It’s specific in that it has an enzyme that tries to correct mutations. It is plus or minus similar, only now it behaves a little differently and we have to wait for what will happen in the autumn, because it can easily increase its clinical severity. And then it will not be quite easy to say that it is a common disease like the flu, “he warned.

Veils in public transport in the fall?

According to him, people should not be ashamed to wear veils in enclosed spaces and, if possible, they should avoid parties and other situations where barriers fall on people. It is said that people gave the false impression that it was won after the abolition of widespread quarantine measures, but the fight against coronavirus is a long-distance run, he reminded.

Rážová assured that the virus is now spreading, especially in the detected outbreaks of the disease, which are supposedly under the control of hygiene. In addition, the work of hygienists is constantly improving and the smart quarantine system continues to strengthen. Prymula also highlighted a significant share of the army.

“We try very hard not to get the virus into vulnerable groups, ie the chronically ill, the elderly,” Rážová remarked.

According to her, the renewal of some measures cannot be ruled out, for example, veils could be introduced in public transport throughout the Czech Republic. “And the question is to what extent this will be reflected in the spread of other respiratory diseases,” she added.

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