Immunologist Dimitri Diavatopoulos of Radbodomics believes that relaxation is primarily a political consideration. The benefits of the new rules are now believed to outweigh the potential additional risks they create. “It is not necessarily feasible or desirable to eliminate all risks completely, but they should be acceptable. This is not certain.”
Baguei fears the most vulnerable will suffer from easing. “Integrated circuits are filled with people from disadvantaged neighborhoods with every wave of Corona. I find press conferences difficult to follow, let alone these groups. The government has done nothing substantive to better reach this target group, for example, commercials in different languages.”
School is important
LUMC’s epidemiologist Fritz Roosendaal also describes relaxation as dangerous. “It seems that the pollution numbers are going up a little bit, so there is no possibility of a decline,” he says. On the other hand, he says, the infection numbers are much lower than they were a month ago. “Especially attending school is very important.” He believes this explains why the government took this risk. “However, some of this could be reversed.”
Immunologist Diavatopoulos believes solutions are necessary to “make it last.” The biggest problem the government faces, he says, is that it may need to tighten again after easing.
“In any case, it is important to continue to closely monitor in the coming weeks how the situation is developing in terms of infection, hospitalization and vaccination coverage,” he says. Because the faster the high-risk groups get a dose, the faster the hospital and ICU will get. Acceptances and deaths are declining. “
‘Honesty about complaints’
Epidemiologist Tostman says that in communication professions it is especially important that the rules are fully complied with. “Above all, it has to be as safe as possible. That means being really honest about complaints, even if you can finally go to the hairdresser again months later. Wear good masks that fit the face over the mouth and nose and not those insane screens on you. “.