The professor of Environmental Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Demosthenes Sarigiannis, spoke to SKAI and the show “Simera” about the new mutation, which seems to be related to Omicron and consequently more contagious.
“It seems to be a mutation, which is more contagious and unfortunately the cold helps to disperse. It is too early to see how much it affects in terms of infectious action. However, it seems to have a phylogenetic relationship with Omicron and therefore the possibility of greater transmissibility. “The positive thing is that as long as we are shielding ourselves against Omicron, there will be a significant degree of protection for the new mutation as well,” he said.
He pointed out that the coverage with the third dose of the vaccine amounts to 91% for Omicron.
Regarding the course of the pandemic, Mr. Sarigiannis stressed that there is a significant slowdown in the course of the fall, which is a cause for concern. “The Rt had dropped to 0.67 and yesterday rose to 0.7 and we estimate that it has to do with the course of the weather and we expect that it will intensify this week as well, when we will have polar cold,” he concluded.
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