Atlas Agency – 07.05.2022 19:20
Pharmacies sold more than two and a half million antigen tests last week. There is no official count of these results, but the cumulative incidence among people over 60 increased from 555 to 813. So we are at the beginning of the seventh wave? “We have enough severity to be concerned and stop the infection,” says epidemiologist Daniel López Acuña. “I don’t want to use wave terminology because it has negative connotations that take us back to previous waves,” says IS Global’s Quique Bassat. In addition, the incidence in seven days has halved. “This could mean that we are already seeing a slowdown in the rise,” says Alfredo Corell, professor of immunology at the University of Valladolid. Another indicator, hospital pressure rose by several tenths. “This isn’t much of a concern because ICU admissions are still around 4%,” Corell says. The question is, is it too early for us to end measures like indoor masking. “It was premature,” Lopez Acuña says, while Bassat believes “it’s time to relax.” And if we have to go back to them. “Only a significant change in current trends in admissions and intensive care unit admissions should force us to change strategy,” says Bassat. Some experts are already calling for this change. “Case control, positive isolation, fourth dose for those over 80,” says López Acuña. and others, such as Jorge Parra, deputy director of the HLA hospital in Granada, are committed to keeping the influenza-like infection alive given the current data.
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