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Top Austrian infectious disease specialist claims herd immunity 'practically dead'

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The statement of the leading Austrian infectious disease specialist Christoph Venis on the Austrian public television ORF, that he no longer believes that there is any hope that at some point there could be immunity of the herd against the coronavirus, has caused concern and concern. This, he explained, is a misconception. “Herd immunity has always been challenged virologically, but is now virtually dead.” “The coronavirus,” he said, “is changing very rapidly, with the result that a significant percentage of the population is infected with one of the variants.” p>

The infectious disease specialist was particularly critical of the new regulations in force in Austria, such as the relaxation of isolation rules for infected people. This means that people who are still contagious can also work in hospitals, at least in some L ,nder, but Vienna does not apply these rules.

The infectious disease specialist called for a “specific rate of slowdown” in the measures against Covid 19, arguing that if a measure is more effective, you can get used to it even if you do not like it, while rapid changes are confusing.

Austrian Infectious Diseases Scientists Confirm Oxford

The opinion of Austrian infectious disease specialist Christoph Venis comes to confirm what a few days ago researchers at the University of Oxford claimed in the scientific journal Nature Reviews Microbiology of SARS-CoV-2 is likely to produce new, potentially more infectious variants as the lower severity of the Omicron variant is simply a coincidence. due to the Omicron variant as viruses generally evolve to maximize their transmissibility and this can sometimes be accompanied by an increase in pathogen their youth. The idea that viruses will evolve to be less contagious to escape their hosts is one of the most persistent myths surrounding the evolution of pathogens, according to scientists.

Source: politis.com.cy

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