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“We are not talking about a lockdown.” The main thing from the interview with Anna Popova

Vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need isolation after contact with a patient with coronavirus, informed the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova. She stated that there was no talk of emergency measures to combat the infection, and the coronavirus itself had lost its ability to penetrate into the lung tissue. More details - in the material. We are not talking about lockdown, quarantine or any emergency measures to counter the coronavirussia today, Anna Popova, head of Rospotrebnadzor, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, published on Wednesday, February 2.

“Already today we are not talking about a lockdown, we are not talking about quarantine, we are not talking about some kind of emergency countermeasures,” she said.

Popova stated that the number of cases will grow, but Russia already has “understandable, proven anti-epidemic measures and diagnostic tools.”

“Today we have a very serious, completely new direction that has strengthened and grown in general over this period - the public information system, telephone 122. There is nothing ideal in this world, but this system, of course, is developing very efficiently, and it is important for people, they have a single number where they can solve their problems,” added the head of the department.

“The main task is not to get sick”

According to her, during the mutation, the coronavirus lost its ability to penetrate into the lung tissue. Basically, "omicron" affects the organs of the upper respiratory tract and does not cause a severe course of the disease.

“Scientists from different countries and our researchers say that the virus is constantly changing, this is its property, it cannot live without it. He is looking for the best form that adapts it to the human body. In search of such the most correct form, the most correct amino acid composition, the virus has lost one of the receptors that ensured its tropism or the ability to penetrate into the lung tissue, ”Popova explained, adding that now the coronavirus causes tracheitis, as well as bronchitis in children.

Severe forms of flow, which were observed before, "omicron" does not provoke. At the same time, there is no data yet on what complications will occur after it, since too little time has passed since its appearance, the head of Rospotrebnadzor warned.

“We saw then that the previous options caused long-term complications, very different. Therefore, the main task here today is not to get sick, to do everything for this, ”Popova said.

“The vaccinated do not need isolation”

She added that those vaccinated against the coronavirus, when in contact with the sick person, do not need to be isolated for seven days if there are no symptoms.

"There is no need! This is our rule! Such isolation is not indicated for vaccinated and recovered contacts if they do not have symptoms. On this occasion, there is also a significant amount of research that in people vaccinated and recovered, the concentration of the virus is much lower and the period of its release is short, ”explained Popova.

Last week, Rospotrebnadzor reduced the isolation period for people who had contact with patients with COVID-19 from 14 to seven days. The head of the department clarified that the incubation period for people infected with the Omicron strain is from two to five days.

According to the latest WHO data, 373 million people in the world became infected with coronavirus, more than 5.6 million of them died from the consequences of the disease. The most difficult situation is in the US, India, Brazil, France and the UK. Russia occupies the sixth place in this list.

Vaccination remains the most reliable way of protection. At the moment, more than 79.2 million Russians have been fully vaccinated with two doses, the level of herd immunity is estimated at 64.4%.

As of January 31, 2022, Russia is in 95th place in the world in terms of vaccination of the population. This figure is 47.53% (according to the stopcoronavirus.rf website, Johns Hopkins University and the Our World in Data project).

“We are not talking about a lockdown.” The main thing from the interview with Anna Popova