Rebellion: You should start thinking about restricting human contact

Commenting on what the figures show and what he sees in hospitals, Uga Dumpis, the country’s chief infectologist, predicts that the next two months will be very difficult. Predicting that the number of people infected per day will exceed 3,000 in the coming week, Dumpis says it would be necessary to think again about limiting contact.

The epidemiological situation in the country is very complicated, and in the next week we can even expect a doubling of the number of infections, according to the country’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis. Although the current situation in hospitals is stable and controllable, the daily work is becoming significantly more difficult for staff to become ill and become contacts.

Uga Dumpis

infectologist, professor at the University of Latvia

“Staff are becoming contacts, and unlike the previous wave, when vaccines worked very well and there was less widespread illness among children, now we have some problems with staff availability, we are preparing for the situation to get worse.”

The professor currently points out that the figures in the statistics show both New Year’s Eve parties and the fact that omicron affects those who received the first vaccination.

Uga Dumpis

infectologist, professor at the University of Latvia

“One is a party, and the other is a type of virus that easily infects vaccinees who have not been vaccinated and become ill, unlike other variants. The two types of omicron infect these two groups very easily. We have been given more freedom to go to work, and the number of cultural events is increasing. ”

The professor points out that you should start thinking about restricting contacts.

Uga Dumpis

infectologist, professor at the University of Latvia

I don’t mean ‘arcade’, but entertainment and unnecessary gatherings, especially indoors, could be reconsidered, because the priorities should be schools and workplaces. The rest can be stopped for a while if we reduce the intensity of the wave, we reduce the illness of many people at the same time. It is in our interest to curb their wave, thus preserving important functions for society – hospitals, schools and also important jobs. ”

However, the Minister of Health has said that if the epidemiological situation worsens, additional restrictions may have to be decided. One of the indicators of a beautiful increase in infections to 3,000 a day is that the hospital load is approaching 800, as well as signals that there may be a critical shortage of staff in the sectors.

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