Gismondo: "We handle Covid like the flu"

Maria Rita Gismondo

Rome, 11 January 2022 – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, in an interview with Pais, indicated the way: “Let’s stop treating this wave of Covid as the previous ones. Lethality, for those who have three doses of the vaccine, is identical to any flu. Let’s start doing a different tracking, similar to the one for the flu. ” The road is the right one for Maria Rita Gismondo, 67, a microbiologist at the Sacco hospital in Milan, worried above all by Italian hysteria and the rush to swab at all costs. Covid, Bassetti: “Numbers of deaths and hospitalized are falsified” Omicron, Ema: “Hospitalization risk halved compared to Delta”. France, over 368 thousand cases The Madrid model could go …

Rome, 11 January 2022 – The premier Spanish Pedro Sánchez, in an interview with Pais, indicated the way: “Let’s stop dealing with this wave of Covid like the previous ones. Lethality, for those who have three doses of vaccine, is identical to a influence any. Let’s start doing a different tracking, similar to the one for the flu. ”The road is the right one for Maria Rita Gismondo, 67, microbiologist at the Sacco hospital in Milan, worried above all by Italian hysteria and the rush to swab at all costs.

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Could the Madrid model be good for us too?
“Yes, Italy should follow him because only from this choice comes the possible coexistence with Covid. The virus will not abandon us for a long time, but we have the weapons of the vaccine and antivirals: we can surround the virus and get the maximum result that is to keep severe cases and deaths very low “.

But on what grounds is Spain right?
“Just look at the numbers and what the virus is causing. Of course, we have to continue to be careful, but how do you do with the flu they have an observation program, medical networks and sentinel observers. No one can say ‘let’s pretend that this virus does not exist ‘, it would be an unconsciousness. It is enough to keep an active surveillance, in order to catch any variations in terms of incidence. But let’s open up and go back to a normal life “.

Does it make sense to keep chasing all alleged Covid cases with tracking and also testing people who have no symptoms?
“No. Just go to a hospital and see long queues where people risk getting bronchitis and pneumonia for a tampon that is useless. It can be used for the frail, who need separate treatment, and for symptomatic ones to be sure. whether it is Covid. But going and tracing close contacts or all the children in a class means throwing money overboard. This way of chasing the virus makes us waste people’s and economic energies, taking them away from the rest of healthcare “.

Bulletin January 11: hospitalizations and deaths

Is Italy suffering from tamponitis?
“There is an unbearable hysteria. In my laboratory we process about 2,500-3,000 swabs a day, I employ 3/4 of the staff for Covid and we delay other diagnoses. Soon we risk to find ourselves counting deaths from other diseases caused by these delays”.

Should the report of daily infections also be changed?
“We adapt the behavioral protocol for influenza to Covid. We do not report every day, from autumn to spring, how many infections and deaths there are. Enough with the bulletin that tells us every day if there are two hospitalizations or two more deaths or less. And then, if the antivirals were used more, the number of hospitalizations would drop “.

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England has taken less drastic measures than ours and is now observing the descent of infections and victims.
“I am in contact with English colleagues for other research reasons. They never had the hysteria in Italy there. Even if at first they may have made mistakes, now they live the situation with peace of mind. Covid it is no longer news, which has given great serenity “.

What can we expect after Omicron?
“The danger of unpleasant mutations is always around the corner. The only thing we should do is what is not done: vaccinate that part of the world that does not have the possibilities. If we keep looking only at Europe, we would be losers. “.

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