The counselor of the Italian Ministry of Health and a member of the council of the World Health Organization, Walter Ricciardi, affirmed this Tuesday that the world does not attend a possible second wave of infections due to coronavirus but to an increase that is part of the first, which has not ended.
“In recent months we have flattened the transmission curve, but without stopping it completely“Thanks, among other things, to the increase in summer temperatures, but now with the fall and the cold” the curve is going up again, “Ricciardi said in statements to private television Sky.
“It’s still the first wave, which we call the second wave just because corresponds to a new season, but it’s the same, “he added.
Ricciardi pointed out that Italy has more than ten thousand ucis to attend to patients in the coming months and that this is not a problem, but it is the fact that some regions present deficiencies in their security systems against infections in their hospitals .
“Some hospitals do not have separate routes (in and out). This will mean that, when the pressure of the flu and the fear of the coronavirus come, all the people will arrive at the hospital and will crowd into a single space, causing chaos, “he argued.
Ricciardi also spoke of rapid COVID-19 tests which, while not “100% reliable”, “allow to identify” those infected to prevent the virus from spreading. For the moment, Italy applies them at airports to citizens arriving from Spain, Croatia, Greece, Malta and France, and is planning to use them soon in schools.