The coronavirus is gaining strength again. However, it turns out that in reality there may be even more cases than recorded in official statistics. An expert explains what this means.
Recently, the number of coronavirus infections has been increasing again in Poland. Data for Friday (8 December 2023) shows that 2,954 cases of coronavirus have been identified in Poland (2,115 new infections and 839 reinfections). It turns out that COVID-19 is becoming increasingly contagious. In a recent conversation with Vprost, the epidemiologist noted that even workaholics are not able to get out of bed.
There may be many more cases of coronavirus infection
Dr. Michal Sutkowski, a representative of the College of Family Physicians in Poland, warns that the rise in COVID-19 cases could be much greater than official data indicates. He referred to recent statistics that show an average of 2-4 thousand cases of infection per day. As the expert explained in an interview with the Polish Press Agency, this is due to the fact that some doctors and patients simply do not test themselves for coronavirus infection. “Unfortunately, some doctors and patients are not tested, so it is not known whether they are infected or not. However, analyzes of wastewater in Poznan and Warsaw show that there are a lot of such cases, and indeed all those doctors who test – like me – see that there are definitely more infections than there were,” the specialist noted, also adding that in addition to the cold , caused by coronavirus, also dominates this infectious season, while cases of influenza are relatively few.
A similar opinion was expressed in an interview with Vprostu by Joanna Jursa-Kulesha, MD, a medical microbiology specialist from the infection control team of the Independent State Provincial Hospital in Szczecin: “Official statistics only concern those patients who completed the ordered test. from your primary care doctor or hospital. Therefore, they do not fully reflect reality, and therefore we do not know the exact extent of the infections.”
What is the reason for the greater increase in coronavirus cases?
As Dr. Michal Sutkowski noted, the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 may be caused by the lack of appropriate protection: “People have not protected themselves for a long time, they do not think about it, they ignore it. Sometimes the young succeed, but the older ones may fail, and several people die a day,” he explained. The specialist also emphasized that COVID-19 is still dangerous: “The coronavirus has been with us all the time, we have new variants, and they penetrate the environment – these are all varieties of the Kraken.”
In addition to vaccination, one way to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus is to wear masks. However, it turns out that the majority of Poles are against introducing this duty in public places. The results of a SW Research poll for rp.pl show that 54 percent of respondents are against it, while only 32.1 percent are in favor. Others have no opinion on this matter.
New vaccine against COVID-19
From December 6, 2023, everyone can get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Nuvaxovid vaccine, which protects against the newest variant of coronavirus – XBB.1.5, i.e. the so-called Kraken. Vaccinations are absolutely free and voluntary. The only requirement to receive the vaccine is to be over 12 years of age. The vaccine can be given to a person who has not previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 or at least 6 months have passed since the previous vaccination. Additionally, the Ministry of Health also recommends vaccinating people at risk, including:
people over 60 years old,
people over 12 years of age with immunodeficiencies or concomitant diseases that increase the risk of severe COVID-19,
healthcare workers who have direct contact with sick or infectious material.
Dr. Sutkowski also stressed that such people should get vaccinated: “These people should definitely get vaccinated because of the risk of potentially severe disease.” If someone has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, they should receive two doses three weeks apart. Find out how to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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