‘Endemic’ sa COVID, ipinaliwanag ng OCTA sa publiko

‘Endemic’ sa COVID, ipinaliwanag ng OCTA sa publiko

February 25, 2022 @ 9:12 AM 4 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Ipinaliwanag ng OCTA Research fellow sa publiko ang posibleng maging sitwasyon sa magiging “new normal” sa isang COVID-19 endemic kasabay ng pagbaba ng hawaan sa bansa.

“In terms of endemic COVID-19, I point out that every Filipino will eventually get Omicron COVID-19 when their natural or vaccine-acquired immunity wanes. You will get COVID-19 either tomorrow, next month, next year, five years from now, [or] 10 years from now. Omicron is going to stay and COVID-19 is going to stay, so we are basically going to get COVID-19 at some point,” paliwanag ni Molecular biologist at OCTA Research fellow Fr. Nicanor Austriaco.

Isinagawa ito ni Austriaco sa isang virtual briefing sa Go Negosyo na “Exploring a Safe Exit.”

Gayunpaman, itinuro ni Austriaco na hindi tulad ng variant ng Delta, ang COVID-19 ay magiging banayad para sa karamihan ngunit magdudulot pa rin ito ng ospital at kamatayan para sa mga bulnerableng pasyente.

“Which is why we are going to have to focus our vaccination efforts in the future on vulnerable people only but not for most citizens. It is not like we will have to vaccinate the [Filipinos] every six months or every year. No one is thinking about that anywhere in the world at this point,” dagdag pa ni Ausriaco.

“Over time, our bodies will adjust and it will become a milder case for us. We’re not talking here about potential variants of concern, we still do not know what the future will entail but I am talking about the current variant. We will simply be just getting COVID-19 over the next 10 years and it will become part of our lives,” dagdag pa niya. RNT