Greece is preparing for the possibility of a second wave of pandemic in the autumn, with experts assuring that there is a specific plan for the next day.
The summer starts from a good point epidemiologically, as the scientists point out, the effect from the relaxation of the measures is good and so far the curve of the epidemic is very low.
However, they warn about the crowds, emphasizing that great care and observance of the measures are needed as the good image can be overturned quickly and instead of autumn, the second wave of corona will appear, earlier, especially in summer.
The main concern in view of the possible second wave is to gradually build immunity in the community so that it can withstand the Health System. Experts are also optimistic that there will be a vaccine for Covid19 by the end of the year.
What the experts say
“If we do not implement the measures, we will have a second wave, not from winter, but from summer,” warns infectious disease professor Nikos Sypsas, adding that there is a big issue with overcrowding.
“It simply came to our notice then (two days later). At any time, the beautiful image we have can be quickly overturned. The virus does not forgive any mistakes. Wrong means disaster. The virus will strike relentlessly, “he told Sky.
Referring to the second wave of corona, which is very likely to occur in the fall, the message he sent was as follows: “We do not know what will happen. It is the seventh corona faced by humanity. We are waiting for a second wave when the windows close and the schools open. Health will be better, we will have the medicine and we will have learned to live with the virus. I don’t think we will have quarantine again “, Mr. Sypsas pointed out speaking to Open.
“If things don’t go well, tourism can stop”
According to Mr. Sypsas, the risk of imported cases exists, since no corona tests will be performed on tourists before they come to our country “, however, he hurried to reassure, saying that: cases, but we will deal with them adequately. ”
For the tourists who will arrive in our country, the infectious disease specialist pointed out: “There will be a test. If the visitor comes from an endemic country, we will do more tests. When he goes to the place where he is going on vacation, there will be a way to deal with it if he has suspicious symptoms. A test will be performed immediately if there are suspicious symptoms and it will be isolated immediately. Then the tracking will follow “.
“The rule will be inviolable,” the professor of Infectious Diseases pointed out once again, stressing that we will keep our distance “regardless of origin. The distance will become a big rule. Not to say, he’s my friend, I know him, I see him well. Big mistake. As we keep our distance from the tourist, we will keep our distance from the Greek we know. ”
“If things do not go well and there is a large influx of imported cases, tourism may stop,” he said.
Optimism about the vaccine
The assistant professor at the Department of Health & Epidemiology of the EKPA School of Medicine and a member of the committee of experts of the Ministry of Health Gikas Mayogios states that there will be a vaccine for Covid19 disease by the end of the year.
He also points out that full normalcy in our lives will return with the release of the vaccine, which he believes will precede a very effective treatment.
At the moment, the epidemic in our country has been brought under control, says Mr. Majorkinis, but stressed that there are “chains of related cases, which remind us of the possibility of the virus to escape with the dynamic transmission.”
The image in Greece 19 days after quarantine
Regarding the image in Greece, 19 days after leaving the quarantine, Mr. Majorkinis points out:
“The number of orphaned cases remains low, steadily below 10. This means that the epidemic has been brought under control. At the same time, however, we see chains of related cases, which remind us of the possibility of the virus escaping with a transmission potential, as we saw yesterday. That is, 21 cases, of which two are orphans and 19 are from a transmission chain.
Asked about the role played by the people’s bathrooms and the coloring in the squares, he said that at the moment it is too early to assess the effect of the people’s bathrooms, while the coloring in the squares does not seem to have been part of over-the-top events.
“However, we must be wary of the interpretations we give in a period of recession because it is also a matter of luck whether a case will enter the potential hotspots,” he said.
Mr. Mayorkinis also emphasizes that a return to normalcy is something that needs to be done. “So I could not imagine that it was an experiment, and as we have discussed, it must be done gradually so that we can control epidemiologically how many cases there are, and whether the epidemic is still under control.
The full normalcy of this phase will be slow and we will probably have to wait for the effectiveness of a vaccine to be able to say that we have returned to the full normalcy we had last year. ”
Asked if we will continue to live with social distancing, teleworking and all the measures we are taking now until the vaccine is found, he answers:
It is very likely that we will need to use all of these measures until we have a very effective treatment, or a vaccine, that will be extremely effective.
Dimopoulos at in.gr: When will the second wave of the pandemic come
Greece may have done extremely well in dealing with the pandemic, but scientists and the country’s authorities remain vigilant as it is almost certain that we will have a second wave.
The rector of EKPA Thanos Dimopoulos in the interview he gave yesterday to in.gr referred to the second wave of the pandemic.
“One cannot know when exactly the second wave of the pandemic will come to Greece. We see a low percentage of patients have developed antibodies. It’s likely to be like the flu that starts in October and peaks in February. ”
How should the country be shielded in view of the second wave?
It comes to everyone’s mind, whether they like it or not, the possibility that the Greek government will be forced – in the event of a second wave of the pandemic – to a new lockdown in order to protect vulnerable groups.
Despite what has been done so far, further steps are needed – according to Mr. Dimopoulos – to be even more prepared.
“EODY wants to support, so that there are people who will do more tests and track the cases with which the virus will be diagnosed in someone.
We also need better technological equipment, adequacy in materials for the nursing staff and of course recruitment for the Health Structures “.