V. Silvestros: 'The number of cases is increasing in the coming days'
The indications according to the data so far
An increasing number of coronavirus cases is expected in the coming days, according to the data so far, said the Field Epidemiologist, Valentinos Silvestros, who works in the tracking team, to KYPE, noting that close contacts are not reported by some with the possibility of dispersal.
Mr. Sylvester pointed out that the tracking team has to deal with a large number of contacts from each case due to the free family, professional and social activity of each person who is positive for the virus.
In the coming days, there are expected to be increased cases in the community. "We are definitely expecting an increasing number because there are already active chains and some of the contacts of existing cases have also reported symptoms, so they are very likely to be diagnosed as cases," he said.
He noted that some of the cases spread the virus very easily and some did not. This depends on the sociability of each one, on the child burden they may have.
The tracking team has to deal with more contacts in each case than in the lockdown period due to the fact that people are now moving uncontrollably in all their activities.
"We have to deal with a lot of contacts in every case. If today we have thirty cases and if some of them have from 30 to 100 contacts, they will occur in cases. "So the cases multiply immediately from week to week," he said.
Mr. Sylvester stressed that it is very important that contacts are reported quickly and limited so that there is no further spread of the virus in the community.
"Cases have been observed, which we subsequently realize were contacts of cases that had not been reported," he noted.
This, he continued, is very worrying because there is no reason to do the tracking process if they are not detected in time - it only makes sense when contacts are made within 24 hours otherwise if we do not detect them in time and circulate outside the community there is a risk of spreading the virus. new cases arise which were not limited.
The task of the tracking team becomes more and more difficult with the large number of contacts that a case has. "Let me give you an example - if a child goes to school he can interact with his classmates, in the afternoons he plays with the children in the neighborhood, there are cases where they are in football academies, they come in contact with many children, they have contact with relatives their. All this can be up to 100 contacts. "This is a large number to control."
Asked what the largest number of contacts so far was, Mr Sylvester said he was in the early March cases to a public doctor who had 200 contacts.
He pointed out the need for people to behave responsibly for the benefit of public health. "Everyone should limit their contacts, know who they came in contact with and give the information when needed so that the tracking process can identify cases in a timely manner and limit them from society as a whole."