“The virus spreads very quickly, it has a very high level of contagiousness, it is much more contagious than those strains, the changes that we have seen. But from what we have seen on the territory of the Republic of South Africa, it does not cause a very heavy current there,” Popova said.
According to her, the disease is more severe in unvaccinated people who have become infected with omicron.
“It affects a large number of people at once, and the severe course is only for those who are not vaccinated — this is absolutely the case for those who have concomitant diseases, those with severe diabetes and severe oncology,” she said.
No one in the world has accurate predictions about how the coronavirus will develop further, but only one thing is known for sure: “if we do not vaccinate today and comply with the sanitary measures that we take, tomorrow it will be much worse,” Popova noted. In addition, collective immunity is important to fight the virus, the head of Rospotrebnadzor summed up.
Earlier, Rospotrebnadzor reported that according to December 24, collective immunity to coronavirus in Russia is 60.4%.