The head of the WHO announced the end of the covid pandemic. However, people still get sick and even end up in the hospital. How to prevent this, aif.ru told infectious disease specialist, chief physician of Invitro Siberia, Candidate of Medical Sciences Andrey Pozdnyakov.
Many, or rather, most patients carry covid in various erased forms, respectively, “staying on their feet” and actively transferring the virus in the population. That the virus is fine. In a minority of those infected, covid occurs in mild or moderate forms, without lung damage, the severity of the condition, and the development of thrombosis. There are isolated severe cases, but in the mass covid is not severe. However, easy does not mean easy and without consequences. Now there are more various lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, cognitive impairment can still be noted. Unfortunately, no one has canceled long-term covid and post-covid syndrome.
Do we need to take extra precautions now?
The only security measure that is currently reasonable is to avoid contact with obviously sick people with manifestations of a respiratory infection. As a matter of fact, this measure is relevant for any infection: if you don’t want to get sick, try to avoid it.
What to do with symptoms resembling covid?
It is enough for a person with a “statistically average” level of health to stay at home, observe a therapeutic and protective regimen, drink more liquid, if necessary, take symptomatic drugs (antipyretics when the body temperature rises above 38, drops based on saline solutions for a runny nose, etc.). If something goes wrong (more severe or longer than the standard manifestations of ARI in this patient), consult a doctor. It is better for a patient with severe background pathology (they are, in principle, very susceptible to any infections) to immediately consult a doctor. Ideally, conduct a rapid test for covid. With a positive result and the presence of clinical manifestations, the doctor may prescribe etiotropic therapy.
Will we see another rise in cases?
We will see, but, most likely, it will go unnoticed, under the guise of an ordinary ARI. Unless, of course, the virus drastically mutates.