Professor of pulmonology and vice-president of the Hellenic Society of Pneumology Nikos Tzanakis warns us of the end of the “normal period”, arguing that the coming winter will be difficult not only because of the coronavirus, but also because of influenza and RSV.
According to him, “The forecast for this winter is bleak as we face a triple attack of influenza, coronavirus and syncytial virus (RSV).”
It should be emphasized that his remarks came approximately 24 hours after the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a non-binding UN Declaration on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR).
Talking about PIROLANikos Tzanakis said: “On first impressions it doesn’t look like anything special, although this strain has 30 mutations on the spike and we don’t have an accurate idea of what exactly it might cause in terms of pathogenicity.”
Speaking to ERT, professor of pulmonology and vice-president of the Hellenic Society of Pneumology said: “There are currently four people in my clinic who are hospitalized with serious underlying conditions that have been aggravated by the fact that they have been infected and have coronavirus.”
The professor said optimistically that “There is public immunity to the coronavirus, which protects us from the severe infections and pneumonias that we had at the beginning of the pandemic. Now we are going through Covid-19 like a regular flu.”
However, he warned that “people with serious underlying diseases are subjected to paroxysms, their underlying diseases are disrupted and send them to the hospital.”
At the same time, Nikos Tzanakis expressed concern that “We are facing a very difficult winter with a combination of syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and coronavirus.”
Speaking about vaccines, he noted that “We are always one step behind the coronavirus, although they certainly provide additional immunity,” and offered his recommendation: “People over 65, especially those with serious health conditions, should be vaccinated with the updated vaccine,” although, he said, “we “We must wait until the National Immunization Committee gives us appropriate recommendations.”