The decision of the Latvian government, which will allow people who have been vaccinated but have not received a support vaccine against Covid-19 to work in person, causes confusion, said Liliāna Civjāne, an associate professor and associate professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Latvia, in an interview with the magazine Ir.
“I’m very worried that we don’t understand the difference between ‘vaccinated’ and ‘protected.’ A person who has been vaccinated but has not received a booster vaccine is not protected! ” stated by an expert.
According to her, the politicians are “trying to play with ‘anti-taxpayers’ so that there are no protests just to not spit on it.” “It is said now that the restrictions will be extended. What are the restrictions? We have no such real restrictions at all, ”Civjāne continued, admitting that more approaching decisions are also dictated by the approaching Saeima elections.
Asked to explain whether the omicron variant of Covid-19 is milder than the delta, the epidemiologist stressed that the word “softer” should be avoided, although it is true that the omicron affects the lungs less and causes less pneumonia.
“Pneumonia mortality is likely to be lower,” the expert said, “but the virus multiplies rapidly, so if we take x percent of a large number of people, it’s still as much as a smaller percentage of a smaller number of people.” So there is a high probability that there will still be a lot of seriously ill people in hospitals. ”
As noted by Civjāne, the so-called long Covid-19 is also possible from the omicron variant, which affects all body systems. “Like the delta variant, it causes multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and causes a variety of health problems in diseased adults. I would like to emphasize that even those who get sick easily, up to 50% of cases experience long-term consequences of the disease or the so-called long Covid-19. In addition, it turns out that there are more and more of them: neurological, psychological, psychological. It must be understood that this is a multisystem disease that affects the whole organism. There is an increased risk of stroke and heart attack one year after covidium. There are studies that show that the number of symptoms increases over time as a result of the disease. This means that a person who has just become ill may feel that the disease has had no consequences. But, half a year passes, and suddenly one or the other, the third illness appears, ”said the specialist.