«We will see what England is experiencing, a backlash of the virus. It will not be a new wave, but a rising peak of mild or asymptomatic infections which will not lead to the heavy increase in hospitalizations and deaths that we have already experienced because the vaccine also works with the Delta variant, albeit with a slight loss of effectiveness. Let’s expect a limited increase in the most severe forms of Covid-19“. This was stated by Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist and professor at the State University of Milan, in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
«I expect an increase in infections towards the end of the summer, when 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 – adds the virologist – I think a fairly quiet summer awaits us. Spending more time outdoors and the ultraviolet rays that neutralize the virus are two factors that will once again help us.. Compared to last year we also have one more weapon, vaccines. However, I fear that we will be able to face a situation similar to what Britain is experiencing».
The Delta variant is already in Italy and «I expect that, as has already happened in the United Kingdom and the United States, it will soon become dominant here too. For this we must all keep our guard up. According to the bulletins of these days there are about one hundred thousand positive people, but we know that they could be double, perhaps triple, ”he explains. 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”.
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