The head of the 1st Clinic of Pathology of the Sotiris Adamidis Medical Center tells zougla.gr about the types of coronaviruses, their mortality and transmissibility. The expert explains why vaccination is not needed for all population groups, and also talks about the expected course of the epidemiological situation in September.
According to Mr. Adamidis (chapter Α ‘Παθολογικής Κλινικής του Ιατρικού Κέντρου), these infections have variations. Some of them cause absolutely nothing in the human body, while others lead to serious diseases, for example, Sars-CoV-2. In this group, there are at least 7 viruses that can infect humans. In this case, 3-4 people will experience mild symptoms.
In 2002, a certain infection appeared in China, which led to a significant increase in the incidence, was similar to a simple respiratory disease and quickly faded away. The mortality rate from this infection was about 10%.
Ten years later, another infection from the coronavirus family, known as MERS syndrome, was recorded in the Middle East, with a fatality rate of 34-35%. Regarding common flu, Mr Adamidis says it has half the transmission of Sars-CoV-2 and has a fatality rate of 0.1%.
Although we are talking about a high mortality rate, was the transmission more difficult than the transmission of Sars-CoV-2?
It is important to note that these are infections that, despite their high mortality, have been “curbed” with minimal intervention by the World Health Organization. The recommendations for protection against them were mainly related to travel restrictions.
In addition to these three, there are four more viruses that can infect the human body. They have mild symptoms such as cough, myalgia (body aches) and headache, without causing respiratory tract infections.
Therefore, the latest coronavirus to emerge worries us most of all, as it spreads very quickly. That is, the transmissibility of Sars-CoV-2 is quite high, but does not reach the transmission rates of the measles virus, which reach 18%. In the case of Sars-CoV-2, we are talking about 3-4%.
Does Sars-CoV-2 mortality reach 0.65%?
When do you think we can say that the coronavirus is “over”?
When we talk about constant easing of measures and “relief of the situation”, we do not mean that the virus will disappear from the face of the earth. Even MERS and other coronaviruses, cases of which are definitely still being recorded, continue to flare up here and there. As with the flu virus, we will have seasonal outbreaks. It is a respiratory virus.
“Our immunity does not always depend solely on artificial immunization, that is, vaccination”
Many of my colleagues talked about thousands of deaths if we “open up” (cancel measures) in society and the economy. And they were categorically denied.
Nevertheless, they continued to insist that because we reopened immediately after Easter, we would have thousands of deaths. This reasoning was wrong from the very beginning.
And all because they did not take into account such an important element as the human immune system. Any protection against diseases provided by human immunity is not always visible at the antibody level, but it is. This is the immunity resulting from physical contact with the virus. It arose in Greece and the world community, but so far it has not manifested itself in any way (except that a person does not get infected and does not get sick).
Those who draw the world “cataphstrophe”, perhaps, ignore this particular parameter. Our immunity does not always depend solely on artificial immunization, that is, vaccination.
“Compulsory vaccinations are barbaric”
“I would recommend getting vaccinated, just like all healthcare professionals. However, compulsory vaccinations are barbaric. In legal circles, there was talk of being fired or not hiring if someone was not vaccinated. Vaccinations cannot be made compulsory!”
For some groups of persons, they are generally contraindicated. For example, people with allergies, people with a history of thrombosis and patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy. Or, in general, to all those who had a disease immediately before vaccination (when the body is weakened, including when they took antibiotics, it is recommended to do the vaccine no earlier than a month after taking them).
It should also be emphasized that the need for repeated vaccinations in the near future is not included in my prognosis. This may not be necessary, as research shows the emergence of “lifelong” immunity in both those who are sick and those who have been vaccinated. I don’t mind either mask or vaccinations.
About the fourth wave of covid in September
“It is clear that we will have avoidable cases of the disease. In March 2020, I was the first to say to close the borders, especially with Turkey, and introduce controls in case of possible infection of those who enter the country. then they listened to me and took appropriate measures. Nevertheless, there will be cases of infection. “Escaping” control, they will lead to a slight dispersal in some areas, but the situation will be manageable, “concluded Mr. Adamidis.