Greek Coronavirus Strategic Briefing: “Do not be fooled by the reduction of cases, the pandemic is simmering”

Today, after 50 minutes, the briefing of the Ministry of Health on the new cases of coronavirus in our country was completed, with the professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology at EKPA Gika Majorkinis, the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias and the Deputy Minister of Health Vassilis Kontozamanis.

A few minutes before the start of the information of the Ministry of Health, EODY announced 168 new cases of coronavirus in our country in the last 24 hours. According to the announcement of EODY, 31 of our fellow citizens are hospitalized by intubation, while we have another recorded death and 243 deaths in total in the country.

It is reminded that from today at 18:00, after the outbreak of the cases in August, the regular information about the coronavirus returns from the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalia and the representative of the Ministry of Health for the coronavirus, Sotiris Tsiodras. It is noted that today the professor of infectious diseases will be replaced by Professor Majorkinis , as every time Mr. Tsiodras will not be able to give the “present”.

Gikas Majorkinis, Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology at EKPA
6 months since the first case of coronavirus in Greece
Today marks 6 months since the diagnosis of the first case in Greece, on February 25 in Thessaloniki, said Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology at EKPA, Gikas Majorkinis, after giving the daily increase of cases for Tuesday, August 25.

As he said, the number of new infections may be less than 200 today, but this should not create complacency. He also stressed that the number of intubated patients exceeds 20 since the beginning of the month, while today the coronavirus patients in the ICU are 31. “It seems that the dramatic increase in cases that would lead according to models to more than 400 per day has been reduced.” , added the professor.

Coronavirus “still simmering”
“The slowdown came relatively earlier than the onset of a full-blown second wave,” he said, adding that the coronavirus epidemic was still on the rise. Mr. Margokinis pointed out that this opposition to the increase of cases comes as a result of the general use of the mask as well as the imposition of restrictive measures in burdened areas.

He stressed, however, that vigilance is needed to stop the pandemic and in this context stressed the need for proper use of the mask and the need for social restraint of those returning to urban centers from vacation.

The coronavirus “is still simmering,” said Mr. Majorkinis characteristically. The professor explained that the virus is not transmitted evenly and follows a dynamics of over-transmission, which means that a small number of positive coronaviruses can transmit the virus to many people.

The spread of coronavirus among young people is a cause for concern
“The widespread dispersal at younger ages is a cause for concern, ” commented Gikas Majorkinis, who stressed that there are – albeit limited – serious cases of young patients. In any case, the professor stressed that the long-term effects of the infection even when one passes it with mild symptoms are not exactly known.

In addition, the professor further stressed that “the epidemic in the age group of young people is not closed, and can at any time transmit to older age groups with dramatic consequences.”

An important role in stopping the second wave is played by “active epidemiological surveillance of the epidemic, through mass and targeted controls by the EODY”, Gikas Majorkinis also noted. socio-economic costs.

The professor of the University of Athens commented that Greece is not the only country facing an outbreak of cases. Mr. Majorkinis considered that possibly the fatigue from so many months of pandemic, “has led to a relaxation of the commitment to social distance behaviors”.

What does coronavirus patient re-infection indicate?
The EKPA professor also referred to the news that has been going around the world lately and wants a patient to be re-infected with the coronavirus. Mr. Majorkinis stressed that the data regarding the incident are not yet detailed, nor have they been published in a medical journal and therefore we should be cautious.

However, although the news sounds heartbreaking, Gikas Majorkinis gave an optimistic dimension to the case of coronavirus re-infection. As he explained, the re-infection does not seem to be accompanied by very serious clinical pictures, which gives hope in terms of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

In the possibility that the new coronavirus vaccine does not appear to be able to completely stop the virus from “entering” the body, the above data suggest that even a re-infection of a vaccinated person will be accompanied by much milder symptoms.

Hardalias: “To stay strong in the war with the coronavirus”
Nikos Hardalias in his information today referred to the fight that everyone is fighting against the virus, while he stressed that we will win the “war” only if we remain united, as at the beginning of the pandemic, and if we continue to adhere to the measures. He also stressed that tourism is not responsible for the outbreak of the country’s pandemic as all necessary measures were taken immediately.

“We have pointed out that the key to dealing with it is the right information. In each phase we say what the situation is and what measures we take. This is what we will do now “, Nikos Hardalias initially stated in his statement.

Hardalias: “Measures can be judged, but the data are not”
Nikos Hardalias was clear in his position regarding the data in the country: “I want to clarify once again that all our necessary decisions and the imposition of measures are judged by everyone. The data themselves, however, do not need to be questioned as they are received from hospitals and health centers across the country. No discrimination is made in any part of the country. We tie them in any area needed.

We see countries that did well at the start of the pandemic, now experiencing the second wave. This also happened in Greece. The rise is due to the spread of the virus within the country. That is why extraordinary measures have been taken in various regions “.

Hardalias: “Tourism is not responsible for the outbreak of the pandemic”
Then, the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection stressed that: “There is a discussion about the opening of tourism. The outbreak of the pandemic is not due there. We took the necessary measures whenever necessary and closed the borders with the countries that had a large epidemiological burden. Tests were carried out at the borders and at the gates of the country.

The algorithm for those who do border tests is evaluated by the age, the country of origin of the traveler, but also his recent trips. The selection of those who are subjected to tests is not made by chance “.

Hardalias: “We are at a good level – Do not be complacent”
Finally, Nikos Hardalias underlined that the sign in Greece in the management of the pandemic is positive: “Greece is still at a good level. But we must not be complacent. Returning from vacation and starting the school year is a very critical point in pandemic management and we must continue to adhere to the measures.

We hear conspiracy theories every day. Such theories can be fatal as they put all citizens at risk. Until we have a vaccine or treatment we should continue to live with the virus. To give our daily battle. It is understandable that there is fatigue after so many months, but the virus does not get tired and so we must continue to follow the measures. Nothing is over yet. Until today we gave the battle together and came out victorious. “Only then can we continue and win this war for good.”

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