Mild or asymptomatic infections peak around September. But there will not be the same increase in hospitalizations and deaths that we have already experienced. Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist and medical director of the Galeazzi hospital in Milan, is sure of it. However, the expert specifies, it will not be a new wave, because the vaccine also works with the Delta variant, albeit with a slight loss of efficacy ». In an interview with Corriere della Sera, the virologist asks for caution in view of the coming months: “Let’s expect a limited increase in the most serious forms of Covid-19”. Towards the end of the summer, the Delta variant will be more widespread, «even if the“ free all ”is now a reality and for this reason the surge could come even earlier», declares Pregliasco who assures that the summer will be quiet.
“The fact of spending more time outdoors – explains the virologist – and the ultraviolet rays that neutralize the virus are two factors that will help us once again”. Compared to last year, observes the expert, “we also have one more weapon: vaccines. However, I fear that we will be able to encounter a situation similar to that which Great Britain is experiencing ». London has postponed openings by one month due to the spread of the Delta variant. This variant, explains Pregliasco, is already in Italy and “I expect it will soon become dominant in us too”. On stopping the use of outdoor masks, “I would say to wait a few more days to assess the progress of the epidemic, but it seems to me a reasonable choice, given the annoyance of wearing them in the heat”.