We’re not done with the coronavirus yet

We’re not done with the coronavirus yet
We’re not done with the coronavirus yet

inhaled vaccines will kill the coronavirus in the upper respiratory system, thereby preventing its spread. When we have these, we will limit the phenomenon of the pandemic to a very large extent.
The optimistic message is that we are not going to “come out” in 2023 and experience what we experienced in 2020, 2021 and 2022! It will be better…” said yesterday from Larissa, the well-known scientist, professor of Health Policy Mr. Ilias Mosialos, who had a decisive and leading role in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in our country. Mr. Mosialos was yesterday in Larissa as an honored person of the scientific community of the University of Thessaly, as in a special ceremony at the “Hippokratis” amphitheater he was awarded an honorary doctorate of the School of Medicine of the University of Thessaly. “A shining example of a scientist and a citizen”, the speakers, in the context of the ceremony, described Mr. Mosialos, and praised his scientific work and his contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been recognized both in Greece and worldwide .
He himself argued that it is a special pleasure and honor to be named an honorary doctor of the University of Thessaly, as one of the main reasons is that he is from Thessaly, while at the same time he emphasized that “it is a dynamic University that has achieved extremely high results at an international level, it represents worthy of our country internationally and that is why the honor is even greater.”

At the beginning of the ceremony, there was an address by Professor Ilias Mosialou from the rector of the University of Thessaly, Professor Zisi D. Mamouris, followed by a greeting by the dean of the School of Health Sciences, Professor Ioannis L. Stefanidis, the reading of the Presentation, the Resolution and the Call for Proposals and the presentation of the titles and Epitevennion, as well as “Commendation” from the president of the Department of Medicine, Professor Athanasios D. Giannoukas to Professor Ilias Mosialos. It was followed by a speech by Professor Ilias Mosialou on “The health system after the pandemic: Challenges and prospects”, presenting the example of Scotland, while emphasizing that “the knowledge of public health and public policy must be transformed into policy practices”. The event closed with a musical program by guitar teachers Nikos Koutsioulis (Larissa Contemporary Conservatory) and Dimitris Tsimponis (Larissa Contemporary Conservatory-Kolova Trikala Conservatory). The ceremony was attended by representatives of the university and scientific community in general from all over Thessaly, the mayor of Larissa, Mr. Ap. Kalogiannis, Mr. commander of the 5th Ministry of Health Ilias Tsiaousis, representatives of the Military Authorities, the Police Directorate of Thessaly, the commander of the General Hospital Mr. Gr. Vlahakis, local government elected officials from all the Thessalian cities, representatives of agencies, the managing director of the newspaper “Eleftheria” Mr. George Michalopoulos et al. Messages for the event were sent by the Minister of Environment and Energy Kon. Skrekas, the Minister of Justice Mr. K. Tsiaras and the MPs Chr. Boukoros and Ekaterini Papanatsiou.

Mr. Mosialos in his statements yesterday to journalists and, in response to a question from “E”, said: “A large percentage of Greeks have been vaccinated. The majority of our compatriots may not have done all four doses, but the majority of people over 60 should have. The suggestion I make for them is to take the fourth dose, not to wait for the new vaccine that will come in the following months.”
He suggested the fourth dose for the over-60s, which he claimed he had only recently had and stressed: “The vaccines that exist today are very good at preventing severe disease, not so good at preventing mild infection, i.e. to have an infection for three to four days with a slight fever, but not to enter the Hospital, not to be in the Intensive Care Unit and not to die”.

“A very large percentage, close to 75% to 80%, of those who have been vaccinated, must have been sick once. They have what we call hybrid immunity, that is, they have immunity both because they have been infected and because they have made the antibodies because of the vaccine, but also because of the cellular immunity from the vaccine.
In other words, they have what we call triple coverage” stated Mr. Mosialos and noted: “Let me say, optimistically, that for the vast majority of Greeks the pandemic will not be an issue, but for a part of 5% to 10% the pandemic will continue to be an issue, until the virus either becomes milder (it is more contagious today) or we have better medications or find better vaccines. Science is working towards that… We need a vaccine to prevent the spread of the disease.”

“Of course, this does not mean that we got out of the way…” said the professor, noting the following: “Because there are three categories of our compatriots, one is the unvaccinated and there are about 150,000 people over 60 years old, who have not had any dose of the vaccine and they are unprotected. I would ask them to think again about the 30,000 plus compatriots who have died because of the corona virus, which is a large number when you consider that about 100,000 of our compatriots are fleeing from all other causes. That is, from the corona virus, about 1/3 left, from just one disease.
The other category is people who suffer from multiple diseases, who do get vaccines, but there is a relative risk, and the third and most vulnerable category are those who are transplanted and those who are undergoing chemotherapy, whose immune system is not so strong.”

The article is in Greek

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