Athanasios Exadaktylos, President of the Panhellenic Medical Association, urged citizens to take a self-test before the Easter feast.
Speaking on SKAI, the expert said that there will probably be some increase in the spread of the virus during Easter. However, how critical the situation is will depend on the behavior of each of us and whether the downward trend continues. “I certainly hope we don’t have another outbreak,” said Mr. Exadaktylos.
Regarding the Indian mutation, he stressed that “we do not know much about previous mutations. However, it can be said that this strain is not that“ strong. ”“ It is difficult for us (Greece) to deal with the British mutation, and with strict supervision we are not the fate of the South Africans will befall, which has never been a problem for Greece, ”the specialist added.
He pointed out that there is still a “long way” ahead, and one must be very careful until about 70% of the population is vaccinated and receives a second dose of the vaccine, acquires herd immunity. After which it will be possible to move to a more normal lifestyle.
When this “happy” moment comes, the expert said, it will depend on how many vaccines we have in stock and how much the vaccination system will be expanded.
Regarding Mr. Sipsas’s statement that the pandemic will end in August 2022, Mr. Exadahtylos stressed that he is more specific and very realistic in what he says, and we should respect his competent opinion.
The president of the Panhellenic Medical Association also said the county-to-county travel ban to visit a private doctor before May 10 should be urgently reviewed. As the expert explained, the provision of the law does not take into account those served by doctors in the private sector, and cites as an example patients who live in the province and have recently undergone major surgeries in private hospitals in Athens, in need of postoperative monitoring.