June 25, 2022

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“Science is not the Bible, there is no certainty”

“Science is not the Bible. If someone tells you they’re sure, don’t believe them.” Professor Giuseppe Rimuzi, Director of the Mario Negri Institute, expresses himself this way for In Onda by answering questions about the Covid epidemic, while the lights are turned on the Omicron variant. In Italy “the curve is slowing down. The peak could be in a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t necessarily happen. There may be stabilization, and now we have an increase in cases and hospitalizations, but the percentage increase is less than that. We have reasonable hope that things will at least start to improve.” Stabilization within two weeks,” he says.

“It’s a reasonable hope: If someone in the field tells you to have certainty, don’t believe it. Science is not the Bible, and we don’t have a static position. It’s very dynamic, and today I learned things that I didn’t know yesterday. Science works that way. In the beginning Many of us said the virus doesn’t change and instead changes a lot. At first it was said that heterogeneous vaccination would be a mess, now we know that the immune system response is much stronger,” he says again.

Soon we start vaccinating children. “Children between the ages of 5 and 11 should be vaccinated, they don’t risk anything with the vaccine,” he says. “Nearly 5 million children have been vaccinated between the United States, Cuba and Israel, and there is no concern.”

“It is very difficult to make predictions, but I can say that this virus will be with us for the next two years. It may harm especially vulnerable people, but it will become less dangerous and it will become one of the coronaviruses that we know.”

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