Doctor and TV presenter Alexander Myasnikov questioned the veracity of news about high mortality after infection with a new strain of coronavirus “iota”. In his Telegram-channel, he assessed the danger of another variant of COVID-19 and compared it with other viral diseases.
According to Myasnikov, in the media “disturbing rumors spread” that the new strain “gives a mortality rate of up to 82 percent” among people over 45 years old. In addition, journalists of medical portals claim that “iota” is transmitted 25 percent faster than other varieties of coronavirus. The doctor called this information “obvious nonsense.”
“Ebola has a much lower mortality rate, and indeed… There are no viruses with such a mortality rate: no smallpox (30 percent), nothing else… .. Plague today has a mortality rate of 7 percent, if treated on time. What kind of Armageddons they promised us! ” – noted the doctor.
The TV presenter added that he wonders why no one has been talking about the flu lately. “It seems that he [грипп] disappeared. Here he was, but he is not! It seems to have been canceled! But in the first wave of coronavirus, I remember well the publications that 25 percent of patients with COVID were also found to have the flu virus. They found, because they were still looking for inertia. I am more than sure that a similar picture will be in the coming autumn-winter period, ”the doctor predicted.
Myasnikov stressed that the combination of coronavirus and influenza virus causes the most serious course of the disease. He reminded people about prevention and advised people to use a nasal spray or nasal drops containing interferon alpha, as well as get vaccinated against the flu on time.