In the “red zone, in category 4 of the epidemiological map, they entered the afternoon of Wednesday in Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Kilkis and Larissa, with the concern of the scientists for the course of the pandemic in the country to peak.
Statements on the subject were made by the professor of Epidemiology, Athena Linou.
Speaking about the outbreak of cases in Northern Greece that led to new measures, Ms. Linou said that “Things are difficult and we need to study in a short time what is the cause of this phenomenon. It can take actions that are not helpful, such as closing at night. We must give absolute opportunity to people without papers, to those who do not speak Greek, to be vaccinated. This is also part of the problem. Every vaccine helps. Other countries that have many illegal immigrants vaccinate them without even asking their name. For the Roma there were trained people who were mediators. These people had to be evaluated. The same goes for the Muslim minority that no one touches. “
Commenting on the measures that will apply in areas that have passed the “red”, ie the traffic ban from 01.00 in the evening until 06.00 in the morning, and the ban on music in health and entertainment stores, Ms. Linou said that it is mild measures that will affect few people. The music will transmit if you take off your mask, sing loudly, or dance with someone. This for some people will happen 2 hours a week. We have Public Transport or schools, where people are close for 10-20 hours a week. I am not saying that the measures adopted will not help, but they will help little “.
Underestimating the intelligence of Thessaloniki
“I do not think that getting on the transport only vaccinated will help. With the Delta, the vaccinated also catch and transmit the disease. In intercity buses the windows should be open, the space should be ventilated. The most important benefit for the vaccinated person is for him. He will not enter the intensive care unit, he will not be saved, except for a much smaller step. Unvaccinated people will be 20-30 times more likely to have a serious illness. “Vaccinated people transmit, but they are transmitted much less and much less often,” he continued.
Finally, regarding the upcoming feast of Agios Dimitrios, but also the parades, Ms. Linou said that “It needs attention and moderation. For the ecclesiastical, similar and family we respect and love Agios Dimitrios, I think it can be a church to arrange and give coupons, and to offer 30 people per hour, with masks, antiseptics and distances in Thessaloniki. The same should be done in other churches. There are enough priests to perform the services one after the other, every three hours. “If the weather is good, some outdoor functions can be done.”
“I think the parade should be done with a few children, with a mask and distances. And not doing it is a possible solution. “Let them cast lots in the schools so that a few children can go,” he added.
Vaccinations are swamping – Thessaloniki, Northern Greece and children in the spotlight