The sub-variants of the coronavirus present in Hungary are not a cause for concern, János Szlávik, chief infectologist at the South Pest Center Hospital, told M1 news channel on Tuesday.
According to János Szlávik, the newest variants – even if they are more widespread than the previous ones – cause milder illnesses. Nevertheless, unknown variants could emerge at any time, but there is no sign of this yet.
Regarding the spread of the latest variant of the coronavirus in Europe, called kraken, the chief physician said that it cannot be ruled out that this mutation is already present in Hungary, but has not become dominant. He added that not many people are hospitalized because the symptoms of the disease are relatively mild, including headache, sore throat, upper respiratory symptoms and occasionally diarrhea.
János Szlávik stressed that
for the virus variants present in Hungary, three vaccinations can effectively prevent severe disease and hospitalization.
He recalled that when the dangerous and unknown coronavirus appeared in the world three years ago, there was no means of fighting it, and only in the second year did vaccination appear, which provides protection against the severe course of the disease. Now, however, there are plenty of vaccines, virus therapies, antibody therapies, and the virus is changing in such a way that these may not be necessary at all,” he said.
In the past six months or so, typically only people with very serious underlying conditions, such as those undergoing anti-cancer therapies or renal replacement therapy, have been hospitalized for Covid. János Szlávik also pointed out that those who have received three vaccines are less likely to develop post-covid symptoms with newer variants of the virus.
On the spread of the flu virus, the expert said that
flu activity is expected to increase in the coming months. It is strongly recommended that children under five, people over 60, pregnant women and chronic patients should be vaccinated against influenza,
which provides good protection and prevents complications and hospitalization.
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