Epidemiologist Bernard Kaic: Covid Passes Have Less and Less Meaning

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, epidemiologist Bernard Kaic was a recent guest of Dnevnik Nova TV and commented on the current epidemiological situation across Croatia, including covid confirmations, the Omicron variant and vaccination.

“The fact is that covid passes make less and less sense as time goes on with the emergence and spread of the Omicron variant,” epidemiologist Bernard Kaic said. Now, at the time of the spread of the new Omicron variant, those who aren’t yet vaccinated are more likely to be contagious than the vaccinated are, according to a CNIPH study. The rules have already started to change because of this new strain. Soon, there will probably be more changes regarding the use of covid passes. There will be a lot of changes,” he added rather vaguely.

Something is constantly changing in this pandemic, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest changes. All of these changes are fertile ground for conspiracy theories and the acquisition of mistrust. Whoever wants to interpret the changes as a reason for a lack of trust or as some conspiracy theory – can, of course. The fact is that things are changing because the situation is changing, and it’s doing so from week to week,” he explained.

He added that worries that people are still not getting vaccinated enough and believes that those who have not done so yet should make sure they do as soon as possible.

“We still have a large number of elderly people who haven’t yet been vaccinated. Omicron rarely causes severe clinical pictures, but with such a wide circulation, we do still have a large number of hospitalised people, and sadly people are still dying,” he said.

Some people also have doubts and have some odd beliefs when it comes to booster doses as well, but Kaic has a message for them: “If they don’t believe what the profession says, let them read some scientific articles.”

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