Those vaccinated against Covid-19 can become infected with the Delta variant, but it is not true that they can infect like those who are not vaccinated. “We need to clarify this thing,” Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino hospital in Genoa, told Adnkronos Salute.
At the origin of the misunderstanding some interpretations of the words of Anthony Fauci, consultant immunologist to American President Joe Biden. “Tony Fauci spoke for 12 minutes, however – Bassetti points out – we focused, especially those against vaccines, only on a part of 20 seconds in which he talked about this experiment done in Princeton, where we saw that there is it was a group of vaccinated and unvaccinated people who had the same viral load. But beware “, warns the infectious specialist:”The vaccinated has the virus in his nose and he doesn’t have it in his lung, and they are two different worlds. Having the virus in the nose means having a virus that usually stays in the nose for 2 or 3 days because the antibodies are mainly in the lungs and therefore it takes time for the antibodies to reach the nose to inactivate the virus. So much so that these people have a high viral load, but they have it for 2 or 3 days – specifies the expert – while those who do not have the vaccine have the viral load for 10-15 days and therefore it is a ‘spreader’, one that spreads viruses, while the vaccinated has a 90% lower ability to infect others“.
“Nobody is here to say that the vaccinated person is free from any problem – explains Bassetti – however, if I am vaccinated and also have a positive swab, the serious illness does not come to me. So, in an ideal world where we are all vaccinated, I don’t even care about swabbing anymore, because the virus becomes like a cold. ”
“Will we have 5 million infected people? Good. But how many will go to intensive care, a thousand? On those thousand we will go to swab and all the research. This is the ideal world in which I would like to live, or where there is a population of people who are protected for the severe form. This – concludes the infectious disease specialist – is the message that must arrive “.