Covid, possible new wave in October: the forecast by Undersecretary Costa

The Undersecretary for Health outlines the picture of the new phase of the epidemic that awaits us after the end of the summer

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The forecast of a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the next autumn is not surprising. As happened last year, the warm season has opened a new phase of the epidemic, reducing all the numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, but unlike October 2021, health experts expect a different response to a possible new wave, thanks to the wide vaccination coverage. This is the concept expressed by the Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, interviewed on Rainews24.

Covid, what happens in October: Costa’s forecast

It is possible that in October there will be a resurgence of the virus – explained Costa speaking on TV – but today, compared to a year ago, the scenario has changed and today most of our citizens still have protection deriving from the vaccine. We must obviously continue with prudence and a sense of responsibility and be ready in case there is a need for a new intervention on the vaccination campaign or on other measures. “

“And it seems to me that these two years of managing Covid have given us that experience that allows us to face the future with greater serenity”Added the Undersecretary for Health.

Today, Costa emphasized, “fortunately the infections are decreasing because we are dealing with a population that is 92% vaccinated. At the same time there is also the relaxation of the restrictive measures, but this was possible thanks to the vaccination plan and the responsibility of the citizens who joined the vaccination campaign ”.

Covid, Undersecretary Costa on masks at school

For the deputy of the minister Roberto Speranza, thethe main objective in view of the end of summer is to return to school without a mask: “I believe that the conditions exist to remove the masks during teaching activities, but the government has different sensitivities – said Costa – I don’t think this is a purely scientific choice but it is more a political interpretation. This line of keeping the masks prevailed but now we are at the end of the school year and the goal that we cannot afford to fail is to start the new school year not only in presence but without the masks “.

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The Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa

Monkeypox, Undersecretary Costa’s point

The Undersecretary for Health also expressed himself in his speech on the recorded cases of monkeypox in Italy: “We are facing a situation that must be monitored and monitored: the disease is not comparable to Covid and it does not affect the entire population because those who have been vaccinated against smallpox, about 40% of the population, already have protection of approximately 85%. “

“So it’s a different scenario that needs to be monitored. Our government is also monitoring through a task force set up at the Higher Institute of Health and in collaboration with the Regions and the EU ”explained Costa, underlining the availability of 5 million anti-smallpox vaccines in the event of an intervention.

Covid, the ISS point in weekly monitoring

To make the picture of the current situation on the coronavirus epidemic in Italy, like every week, the monitoring of the Higher Institute of Health. According to the report released today in our country Both the weekly incidence and the Rt index are down: the first figure with a decrease of 261 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants compared to 375 last week, while the average contagion index comes from 0.86 from 0.89 seven days ago.

The hospital pressure also continues to drop with a reduction recorded both in the beds for Covid patients in the resuscitation wards, and in the ordinary ones: “The employment rate in intensive care – reports the ISS in the monitoring – drops to 2.6% (Ministry of Health daily survey as of May 26) vs 3.1% (Ministry of Health daily survey as of May 19). The employment rate in medical areas at the national level drops to 9% (daily survey by the Ministry of Health as of May 26) vs 10.9% (daily survey by the Ministry of Health as of May 19) “.

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