Monday, October 25

A microbiologist from Valencia predicts when it will be possible to “see the light again”

The microbiologist Sergi Maicas, in a file photograph.

The microbiologist Sergi Maicas, in a file photograph.

After a year of pandemic in which we have learned from a virus “more than ever in the history of mankind”, in September “we could see the light again” if the percentage of people immunized for contracting covid-19 such as vaccinated against this disease.

This is how the professor of the department of Microbiology of the University of Valencia (UV), Exhibition Maicas, who explains that new small waves of the virus may occur but “this third wave, if we pay attention to other pandemics, should be the strongest.”

We shouldn’t have such a strong bud“Like the current one, points out the director of the Master in molecular, cellular and genetic biology, who explains that in other pandemics there have been up to six waves “but in the order more similar to the first one -of March- than to the current one, which is the strong one.”

During the last year, says Maicas, “we have learned more than ever in the history of mankind. We have gone from knowing that something happened in an animal market in a Chinese region that nobody knows where it was to having it. various vaccines, PCR tests or antigen tests“.

But we still have to learn “many things” because “we are seeing that this virus is mutating more than we would like, we see that new strains are appearing”, he highlights.

We must also be aware, he says, that since Justinian in Rome, more than two thousand years ago, “pandemics exist because people live in society. If you live alone, you are not contaminated.”

More restrictive measures

Sergi Maicas affirms that pandemics know no borders and, therefore, the measures to be adopted should be a “world question, as global as possible”.

“It is useless to do something in Europe if it is not also done in Morocco when there is very little distance” between Ceuta and the African country, he says to add: “The more extensive the treatment, the better for everyone.”

He thinks that at Christmas there should have been a confinement similar to that of March of last year, of ten or fifteen days -between December 21 or 22 and January 7-. “What happens now would not have happened,” he says.

In addition, he points out that an “unpopular measure but within our reach and not as aggressive as total confinement is to suspend holidays such as March 19,” which although they are not celebrated Faults Yes, it usually involves family or social gatherings because it is the father’s day and San José.

He also believes that neither Thursday nor Good Friday should be celebrated, days that should be working days and leave the worker the possibility that they can make that holiday any other day to avoid meetings. Otherwise, he explains, “we will have case peaks again.”

A deceptive virus

The microbiologist claims that the SARS-CoV-2 virus “is fooling us all in every way, it is doing things to us that we did not expect.”

Regarding measures such as the use of a mask, hydroalcoholic gel or interpersonal distance, assumes that we will still use them for a while.

“When there is a herd immunity and a high percentage of the population that is vaccinated or the disease has passed, it will be more difficult to catch it and, then, we can begin to relax “, predicts the microbiologist, who points out that, although” nothing can be confirmed one hundred percent “, we could be one more year with masks.

Covid-19 vaccination

Sergi Maicas points out that it is necessary to vaccinate “many people” because “if you vaccinate the entire population of the Spanish State but do not do it with Morocco or Algeria, new outbreaks of the coronavirus will occur.”

“There will end up having a score of vaccines against covid-19 and with that we will get a significant percentage of people vaccinated -he points out-, although as we go, the number of people who are going to be immunized will be more important because they have acquired the disease”.

“Between the immunity achieved by being infected and the vaccine, in September we can begin to see the light,” says Maicas, who is confident that in two or three years “this will be a pandemic of the past.”

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