The way I understand this story for context, this would be the Finnish equivalent of our beloved NPHET or head of public health policy position.
THL’s Salminen: Korona is not as dangerous as feared - “What Korona looked like in the spring is not quite true”
The overall impact of Korona needs to be reassessed, says Mika Salminen.
Korona is not as deadly a disease as was feared in the spring.
A smaller proportion of reported cases now require hospitalization. The number of deaths in the corona has fallen since the spring peak.
- Korona is still a serious disease, but for a much smaller proportion of those infected than initially estimated, says Mika Salminen, THL’s Director of Health Safety at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare .
THL’s Salminen says the overall impact of the corona needs to be reassessed. In the spring, Korona looked like a much more dangerous disease than it has been proven. In the spring, there was no picture of Finland, which is the spectrum of symptoms.
- What Korona looked like in the spring is not quite true. In the spring, it seemed that the people with Corona were pretty sick.
According to Mika Salminen, THL’s Director of Health Safety, society has learned to live with a corona and to better protect people at risk. PHOTO: ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO / LEHTIKUVA
Salminen says that he discussed the situation with his Spanish colleagues.
- In Spain, when 47% of cases diagnosed in the spring required hospital treatment, now only 4% need hospital treatment. Patients have also been taught to care better. Mortality in the new wave in Spain is well below 1 percent.
Salminen adds to the same breath that he does not want to downplay the severity of the disease. For some people, Korona is serious, especially in the elderly.
According to Salminen, society has learned to live with the corona and to better protect those at risk.
- In the spring, there was a shortage of protective equipment in many countries. Forms of supported housing were not able to test staff in the same way as today. Individuals who had virtually no symptoms could not know of their infection.
Plant epidemics broke out in many countries. The corona spread rapidly in units with frail elderly people.
If an update is needed, what should be done about corona control. Should society be opened up more boldly?
- Balancing is definitely needed. Too boldly, at least there is no reason to move forward yet, but if the situation we now see continues and relative mortality does not increase, then it is time for reflection again. However, the protection of risk groups must not be compromised at any stage, Salminen replies.
Statistics from the WORLD Health Organization show that coronary mortality has fallen sharply in Europe since the spring peak. The number of detected infections, on the other hand, has started to rise in the summer after the spring slump.
THL’s Salminen says that it was already predicted in the spring that this would happen. After the initial peak, the number of deaths decreases.
According to him, usually in emerging diseases, serious cases are initially highlighted. An image emerges that the disease causes higher mortality in the population than the reality is.
- In the beginning nowhere was there no testing capacity to screen people, as is now done.
Diagnostic capacity is now at a completely different level than in the spring. Today, most of the right cases can be found. The disease picture becomes more precise.
- Now there is a bigger wound and a bigger part is found. In the spring, we probably had a multiple of the number of cases as the statistics show. They could not be tested.
According to Mika Salminen, the diagnostic capacity is now at a completely different level than in the spring. The picture shows a corona testing point in the Port of Turku. PHOTO: TATU LERTOLA
In Finland, the number of corona tests has multiplied. While 2,500 tests were performed per day during the spring corona peak, there are now 10,000 to 14,000 tests per day.
- When 17 tests were performed during the highest peak in the spring and one infection was found. Today, about 400 tests are performed that can be found in one, Salminen compares.
In Finland, people have been advised to apply for tests for already smaller runny nose symptoms. Extensive testing has highlighted younger cases. They are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.
WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge has warned that the number of deaths in Europe could start to rise in October-November.
According to WHO European Director Hans Kluge, the number of deaths in Europe may start to rise in October-November. PHOTO: IDA GULDBAEK ARENTSEN / RITZAU SCANPIX / REUTERS
THL’s Salminen says this is possible.
- We can’t rule it out. With the delay it will come, but now that delay has been quite long. It takes an average of two to three weeks for the illness to begin to increase.
According to Salminen, the coronary vaccine does not solve the situation in one fell swoop. It is not yet known what the effect of the vaccine will be.
- Unfortunately, there is a way that older people have a little worse power.
Salminen adds that not everyone will be vaccinated overnight.
- It will certainly take time and usually it will take such a time that not all the necessary vaccines will be available at once. They come at different stages. All these questions are still open.
Salminen warns that he must live with the corona for a long time to come.
Even if a vaccine is found to be safe this year, logistics alone will work.
- Although, of course, we hope that the epidemic will subside in the spring, we must be strongly prepared for the fact that we can have to cope with the epidemic until the summer. And you can go further if there are challenges or surprises. This pandemic has provided them on several occasions.
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