Maria Rita Gismondo Alberto Zangrillo
Omicron variant, Gismondo: “Dr. Angelique Coetzee who discovered it in South Africa said it only gives a little bit of burning throat and flu symptoms”
“The tweet is very clear. I have nothing more to add, I’m working. Thanks and goodbye.” Alberto Zangrillo, Vice Rector of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan and Director of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the San Raffaele Hospital Irccs, thus answers the question of Affaritaliani.it to explain his latest tweet – “Thanks to the Omicron variant, the irresponsible and disgusting media debate between experts on nothing will ruin this last part of 2021“- that made a lot of noise.
The theme is there. There is everything. “I absolutely agree with Zangrillo, and we are not certain the only ones to think so”, affirms ad Affaritaliani.it Maria Rita Gismondo, director of the laboratory of clinical microbiology, virology and bioemergency diagnostics at the Sacco hospital in Milan. “I’m writing an article in exactly those terms.” Because? “We still know almost nothing about the Omicron variant and the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said it is a disturbing variant. This is a currently unfounded claim, which could have serious consequences at the international level “.
“In Europe we know little about the new variant, but Dr. Angelique Coetzee who discovered it in South Africa said that it just gives some sore throat and flu symptoms. We have to wait for the scientific results, which we are trying to bring forward quickly. There is also a positive hypothesis: the Omicron variant could be the turning point that leads us to non-aggressive coexistence with the virus. But this bothers and is not said “.
Excuse me, so there is a desire to engage in media terrorism and scare people? “I’m afraid so, unfortunately. Only the terrifying news is communicated, there is a crazy cynicism that always pushes towards the worst hypothesis“, explains Gismondo.” It is everyone’s fault, media and politics, almost all catastrophists. President Von der Leyen says the Omicron variant is worrying not knowing anything yet, but are we kidding? The stock exchanges collapsed and many people canceled their trips. From delirium “. Even Minister Speranza used strong words …”Everyone takes responsibility for what he says. The truth is only one: in Europe we still don’t know anything about the Omicron variant and the news coming from South Africa is reassuring “, he concludes.