On the fate of the obligation to wear masks indoors, which apparently “will fall everywhere” after June 15, “while for means of transport it is still necessary to understand if it will lapse and where, there is confusion, practically in line with what has been the trend of the various anti-Covid measures“in our country. So at Adnkronos Salute Maria Rita Gismondo, director of the Laboratory of clinical microbiology, virology and bio-emergency diagnostics of the Sacco hospital in Milan.” The government reflects, but in the meantime, time passes “, observes the expert, now hoping for a measure that eliminates the imposition of personal protective equipment during high school exams.
“The decision must be made now – exhorts Gismondo – as the Undersecretary of Health Andrea Costa says”, who at ‘Un Giorno da pecora’ on Rai Radio1 explained that he believes that “there is still space” for maturity tests without a mask : “A decree made at the beginning of next week is enough”, he said, noting “a problem of political convergence. We are facing different positions”, but “I hope that we can reach a synthesis”, is the hope expressed by the exponent of Noi con Italia.
Gismondo agrees: “I would like the exams not to be done with a mask – he says – also because the boys would wear it only in those hours and would continue not to do it in all other places, even crowded, such as bars and clubs”. Making her keep at maturity “I would find it only a pain – specifies the microbiologist – without any positive impact”.
OMICRON 5 – As for the sub-variant of Omicron BA.5, “it could spread rapidly in the summer, but certainly not compromise it, because we know from the countries it comes from that, despite being very contagious, it does not cause a more serious disease”. For Gismondo, the upcoming season should not be affected by the signal of an increase in incidence, detected by the weekly monitoring of the Higher Institute of Health-Ministry of Health, on the trend of Covid-19 in Italy.
“It should be clarified first of all that we are not talking about the incidence of Covid, but about the incidence of positivity to the Sars-CoV-2 virus, because Covid-19 is the disease and in fact we are not witnessing a significant increase in the disease, let alone the disease serious “, underlines the expert at Adnkronos Salute.
The rise in cases of infection “depends on the fact that we abandon the containment measures” while more transmissible sub-variants such as Omicron 5 take hold, but we relax the restrictions “as it should be – reiterates Gismondo – in a moment in which the virus, although circulating, it does not cause problems “.
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