Dr. Mehmedovic: Omicron is an easy option, but the authorities must not allow us all to get sick, it can mutate into a more dangerous virus

Dr. Zlate Mehmedovi / / Photo: Screenshot, YouTube

According to him, the number of covid positives every day is about 20 thousand citizens. However, they are not registered in the system of the Institute of Public Health, because they confirm their result with a quick and cheap test from a pharmacy, or they do not confirm it at all, but only treat the symptoms.

Doctor Zlate Mehmedovi. from the Health Center Skopje, who in the front lines treated the patients with covidium in the past waves, and among the first in the country alerted about the appearance of the omicron variant and its contagion, for "Free Press" says that the numbers of newly infected who register daily, do not correspond to reality.

According to him, the number of covid positives every day is about 20 thousand citizens. However, they are not registered in the system of the Institute of Public Health, because they confirm their result with a quick and cheap test from a pharmacy, or they do not confirm it at all, but only treat the symptoms. According to Dr. Mehmedovic, it is inadmissible to allow citizens to become infected with the pace at which this is happening now. Authorities must introduce restrictive measures, in order to stop the virus from spreading or at least slow it down.

- It is absolutely logical to have preventive measures, to reduce the presence in the catering facilities and cafes, and to allow the passages to get their true meaning. 100 percent of the population cannot have a vaccination certificate, and only 40 percent can be vaccinated and tested in reality. The omicron scenario we are living in at the moment is a happy variant, because it does not create a severe form of the disease. But there is a problem with omicron, and that is that human-to-human transmission of the virus can create new variants that will mutate even more, and some of those mutations may be more dangerous, explains Dr. Mehmedovic.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus has 50 mutations, 32 of which are of the spike protein. This has not made the virus more clinically dangerous, but there are studies that show that there is a possibility for functional improvements of the virus, ie it may become more difficult in the future. if the next mutation avoids the created immunity.
- There are variants for bad scenarios in the future with real possibilities. Those variants are not definitive, but they can happen. It may happen that in the future there are weaker variants than omicron, but there is also a possibility, ie it has been empirically proven, that there may be a functional improvement of the virus, ie it will be worse, explains Mehmedovi..
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