Simon: "It is hard to say it, but it is not the same that a person of 95 dies than one of 20"

The Director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, declared this Monday at a press conference that “And older people will forgive me because it is hard to say so, but it is not the same that a 95 year old dies than a 20 year old dies”, arguing that “We are still in that situation of risk”.

Despite the fact that the epidemiologist acknowledges that the risk is “decreasing” and that “the impact on young people is much less”, has explained that “the probability exists and, therefore, we have to endure still a little more”.

With regard to masks, he considers that “although we may be in a suitable situation not to use them outdoors, indoors it is still probably very necessary“.

Simón argued that “We all have to understand that it is a progressive evolution” and he continued explaining that “it makes no sense to radically change behaviors that favor transmission control.”

The epidemiologist has pointed out that during this weekend they have practically put “a million doses” against COVID-19 being data that, in his opinion, “mark the favorable evolution of his program.”

For his part, Simón has indicated that “Right now, we have more than 45% of the total population with at least one dose and more than 27% with the complete guideline “.

Regarding the occupations of ICU beds, “it continues to decline progressively”, although it has recognized that the descent “is still very slow”. However, they are “below 10% of the occupancy of ICU beds” and “around 2%” of the occupancy of hospital beds.

The Director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies has indicated that “Unfortunately the relaxation of the Autonomous Communities, the end of academic courses or the end of the EBAU implies that we have rises and stabilizations in the younger groups.”

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The evolution of the pandemic “It is still very slow, but decreasing, varying according to the different age groups”, has remarked.

On the other hand, in reference to the Delta variant, it has indicated that “does not seem to be more serious than the other variant in the United Kingdom, the Alpha“. In addition, he has advanced preliminary data that show that the Delta variant” is not more serious and it would even have a little less lethality than the Alpha “.

As for the elderly, “there is not very solid information”, but “we do know that the populations most affected by the Delta variant they are the least vaccinated “. In line, he has predicted that the impact on people who are in that age group “shouldn’t be very important”.

“We have to follow it very carefully, it is true, but right now I do not think it is necessary to alert more than necessary or anything. Professionals, microbiologists and epidemiologists must be very alert, but for now, it is not necessary to alert the population about this variant, “he concluded, asking for caution.


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