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Covid is making a comeback: towards a return of masks and barrier gestures?

Covid is making a comeback: towards a return of masks and barrier gestures?
Covid is making a comeback: towards a return of masks and barrier gestures?

Virologist Steven Van Gucht warned us about the arrival of the new FLiRT variant, a new, particularly contagious form of the virus. In June, 15% of tests were positive, while in April, barely 2% of tests were, reports Sciensano.

A summer wave is quite unusual and means that the coronavirus is still not completely stabilised, unlike the flu or cold viruses. We are in a kind of transition phase. Eventually, it will be a winter phenomenon, like the flu and colds“, the virologist explains to our colleagues at Newspaper.

Before the holidays, the Olympic Games and in the middle of the Euro, covid is making a comeback in Belgium: “The KP2 variant, nicknamed “FLiRT”, is upsetting predictions”

But while waiting for the next phase and faced with this new resurgence, should we reinstate barrier gestures such as wearing a mask?No, people don’t need to worry unless you have fragile health or are very susceptible to infections. If you are sick, it is better to stay home or wear a mask, and of course, we encourage you to think about good ventilation of indoor spaces.“, explains Steven Van Gucht. His optimism is also due to the number of hospitalizations which remains low despite the increase in cases.”Hospitals are seeing a slight increase and there are still people who need to be admitted, but these numbers remain generally reasonable.

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