“With the Omicron variant having dominated world coronavirus infections and penetrated Vietnam, I feel we’ve moved previous the pandemic peak and at the moment are seemingly on the downward slope,” Affiliate Professor and Dr. Nguyen Lan Hieu advised VnExpress in an interview.
Omicron has been confirmed by totally different international locations to be much less prone to trigger extreme circumstances and fatalities amongst younger Covid-19 sufferers.
There’s a one third discount within the danger of going to hospital related to the Omicron variant in comparison with Delta, researchers at Imperial Faculty London confirmed in scientific publication issued by the British authorities in January.
The discount in danger from Omicron in comparison with Delta elevated to two-thirds when extreme outcomes like formal admission or demise, the researchers mentioned.
“It means we’ve overcome the hardest time,” mentioned Hieu.
Nonetheless, for now, with the speedy unfold of the Omicron pressure, it might be concluded that there is no such thing as a hope of zero Covid anymore.
“At this level, it’s mandatory to contemplate Covid-19 an endemic illness like another illness that folks often get on a regular basis. It means should you get it, you’d go to the Covid-19 specialist division of a hospital for examination and remedy.”
The fee for Covid-19 medical examination and remedy additionally must be handled like another illness as a substitute of being lined by the state funds as at present, he prompt.
It’s mandatory to contemplate getting Covid-19 regular and keep away from getting panicked if contaminated. The neighborhood additionally wants to vary its mindset about Covid-19 sufferers and restrain from alienating them.
Physician Hieu mentioned with a excessive vaccination fee, Vietnam ought to now prepare for the post-Covid period.
To date, 74.6 million of the nation’s 96-million inhabitants have obtained their second Covid-19 vaccine shot, and 31 million, their third.
Nguyen Lan Hieu, director of the Hanoi Medical College Hospital. Photograph by VnExpress/Giang Huy
“I feel Vietnam is heading in the right direction when switching from its zero-Covid coverage to soundly responding to Covid-19.”
As soon as Vietnam is ready to take a look at Covid-19 as a typical illness, “we will utterly stay calmly with Covid-19 and actively reopen socio-economic actions,” he mentioned.
For now, “we should always wait to see how your entire world responds to Omicron to see if we might announce the tip of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Nonetheless, Vietnam mustn’t wait till the world declares the tip of the pandemic, however put together to adapt to the post-Covid interval.
First, macro insurance policies needs to be ready to amend laws to deal with Covid-19 like a typical illness.
Within the meantime, options to forestall Covid-19 unfold needs to be made constant amongst localities and adjusted to attain the best effectivity, Hieu mentioned and identified a number of guidelines he thought have precipitated extra hassle than assist to forestall Covid-19 an infection.
“At present when getting on a airplane, passengers should maintain a distance from one another however then as soon as on the airplane, all of them have to sit down shut collectively. In the meantime, college students have returned to high school already however faculties will not be allowed to accommodate them for lunch, he mentioned.”
Hieu mentioned he hopes that in future there could be no extra “shutting down and reopening” on account of Covid-19 outbreaks.
“Getting again to regular is possible if the Omicron pressure is as proven by research not as aggravating because the Delta variant.”
He predicted that the Omicron wave would obtain its peak in February and decline in March.
By late March, if extreme circumstances brought on by Covid-19 maintain falling, Vietnam can relaxation assured to totally reopen, he mentioned.
In line with official information from the Ministry of Well being, the variety of extreme sufferers previously week has remained at 15,326 per day on common, in comparison with 19,000 the earlier week.
Policymakers must also take note of establishing specialised departments to maintain people who have recovered from Covid-19 because the illness has been reported to depart sure impacts on the well being of former sufferers, each bodily and mentally, Hieu mentioned.
Alternatively, Vietnam must also put together medical assets to take care of Covid-19 in the long term, he mentioned.
He additionally seen that being optimistic concerning the future doesn’t imply everybody ought to let their guard down throughout this era, as a result of Vietnam has but to vaccinate the group of below 12 years outdated and till now, there are nonetheless aged folks with underlying well being circumstances that don’t need to get vaccinated.
He prompt folks ought to nonetheless put on masks in public areas and disinfect their palms frequently whereas authorities velocity up the vaccination fee and evaluate all aged circumstances which have but to get the shot.