It will depend on us whether “the fourth pandemic wave, which is rising in the world,” will be an ‘undina’. If we continue to behave well, if we do the third doses of the Covid vaccine promptly, if we try to manage testing and tracking in schools properly, this will remain a small and not overwhelming wave as is happening in other countries. ” he said Walter Ricciardi, advisor to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza and professor of Hygiene at the Catholic University of Rome, guest at SkyTg24, recalling that “between January and February the six months from the anti Covid vaccination for millions of Italians expire, these people will have to protect themselves because otherwise, in the first two months of the year, we will be able to see that the pandemic ‘ondina’ that occurs in Italy becomes a stronger wave. But compared to other countries, we are doing very, very well “.
“This pandemic – added Ricciardi – has shown to have very well-defined time cycles and, clearly, there is also a correspondence with the susceptible population, that is, the one that can be subject to infection, which is above all that of the unvaccinated – and at this moment the pandemic is essentially theirs – but it also involves those who, by reducing their protection, can become infected.It should be remembered that the third dose, therefore, must be done to prevent the circulation of the virus and to prevent serious consequences on the person. The vaccine protects against serious events even after more than six months but from six months onwards the protection is attenuated “.
L’Italy, however, “right now it is among the best countries because we have a high vaccination coverage and we have an extensive Green pass which allows you to visit the indoor areas with a high level of safety. If we also continue with individual behaviors in tune with all this, we can survive the winter adequately. Of course, vaccination is very important “, he concluded.
Ricciardi remembers that “Worldwide, Covid is on the rise for three contemporary reasons. The first is the winter that forces us to stay indoors and stay close to each other. The second is the lack of vaccination coverage of high percentages of the population. This is not our case but in Romania and Bulgaria it is a massacre. And then there is the problem of vaccination mitigation: people who were vaccinated more than 6 months ago begin to mitigate their protection. And with this Delta variant, which is extraordinarily contagious, they begin to get infected “.” Coupled with all this is the fact that we are more ‘mobile’ – added Ricciardi – we use less masks, we are less careful about the safety distance, we are all tired and therefore we are not loyal about behaviors. All this raises the new pandemic wave “.