“Thrilling numbers”. Ilaria Capua, director of the UF One Health Center of the University of Florida, comments on the picture of the coronavirus epidemic in Italy, in a phase characterized by the spread of covid variants. “There is an active circulation of more contagious variants. Until the more fragile population is vaccinated or immune, we will have these thrilling numbers,” the scientist tells Di Martedì.
“If we caught the measles virus today and put it in a virgin community, a person would infect 15. Covid is not that contagious, but it has the means to defend itself against the control tools we use,” says Capua. “Perhaps we have done too many absolute lockdowns, now we have the tools to map the infection even if Italy is far behind with sequencing. We need to accelerate and share information: we are talking about hundreds of thousands of sequences, these are studies that require investments and time. . We cannot pretend that the virus always stays the same, “he says even before dwelling on the vaccination strategy. “With vaccines we are seeing excellent results, the number of hospitalizations decreases even where a single dose has been administered. We cannot be smarter than the virus, we have to use the tools with intelligence”.
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