The key, in his view, is not to reinforce the restrictions again, but to enforce the current ones.
‘Looking at the results, we can say that the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is already in Poland. The question is, what size will it reach? – said Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski on Friday.
The Head of the Warsaw Family Doctors assessed that it was only a matter of naming.
‘There are some increases. In my opinion, however, they are natural and perfectly normal during an epidemic. I continue to believe that at present - and I stress it - there are no symptoms that the increase will be greater than the level of 10-15 thousand infections per day. Many people have already been sick, vaccinations are progressing. All of this should keep us from a fall scenario. There will be some more such increases after a period of decreases in this epidemic. Each successive so called ‘new waves’ should be lower,’ he assessed.
He agreed that currently on the map of Poland one can see areas more strongly affected by growths. These include. areas of Warmia and Mazury, northern Mazovia, parts of Pomerania and Kujawy.
‘Perhaps the government will go back to the regionalization of the restrictions. Increases are now seen in many smaller counties, around small towns. You have to answer the question - what do you take from. First of all, since the beginning of the epidemic, there has been a belief in the countryside that this is an urban virus. Some call it Warsaw, others Cracow or Katowice. If we observe any loosening in the cities, they outside them are three times greater. In a provincial shop, it's not one person in 50 who doesn't have a mask, but one in 50 often does. Those are the facts. Plus, there were fewer infections in those areas before. So, the community is still more vulnerable to the virus,’ said Sutkowski.
In his opinion, in the current situation, analyzing social fatigue and the stage of the epidemic, it would not be the best idea to strengthen restrictions.
‘It is mainly about enforcing the existing legislation. It has to be said bluntly - in villages and small towns we have been dealing with a sham for a year. It's such a pretence that the majority follows the current law. So, ordinance changes won't work on that,’ said Sutkowski.
In the expert's opinion, punctuated actions can be analyzed. Potential outbreaks need to be extinguished quickly. However, such an action requires a strong commitment from the sanitation services.
Source: Poland Daily, niezalezna.pl, pap.pl