The Palermo laboratories would have sequenced about twenty cases of the Brazilian variant. Among the infected, as Fabio Geraci writes in the Giornale di Sicilia on newsstands also two underage students. The phenomenon, however, is under control. And the 83-year-old elder who had completed the vaccination cycle with Pfizer, and on whom the virus mutation was identified by the Microbiology and Virology unit of the Villa Sofia-Cervello hospital, is doing better.
After two days of ventilation with high concentration oxygen, now the worst seems to be over for the patient: “If he hadn’t been vaccinated, he probably would have died – explained Giuseppe Arcoleo, head of Pneumology at the Cervello hospital -. Statistics, but also our daily experience, teach us that the death rate increases when Covid attacks people over 70 with force, even more rarely we manage to snatch those over 80 from death and come from us with an already compromised clinical picture “.
The conditions of the 83-year-old, on the other hand, are improving: “This time, however, the patient is recovering even with a certain speed and it is certainly thanks to the vaccine – added Professor Arcoleo -. The Brazilian variant, in fact, can circumvent the natural immune response by infecting again those who have already fallen ill with Covid but are unable to completely perforate the antibodies produced with the vaccination, as happened precisely with the subject we are treating “.
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