AUTH warning for coronavirus: Rapid increase in cases if measures are not followed | HELLAS

The assessment of the team of the Nanotechnology Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki predicts an increase in coronavirus infections after the new lifting of the restrictive measures.

According to what the research team reports and reports, “the relaxation of police checks in recent weeks, crowding in many cases, and the lifting of some restrictive measures that began a week ago, brought new cases and infections, as a result, we have the slowdown in the reduction of daily cases “.

“If we continued to adhere to the lockdown measures, after January 15 we would have virtually minimal or no infections. The holidays, however, bring the citizens a relaxation in the observance of the protection measures and in the government the stress of looking for a way to improve the economic situation and to give an injection to the market. These two reasons are particularly frightening for the multiplication of infections and cases. Thus, it is certain that if the movement and protection measures of the citizens are not strictly observed in the coming weeks, we will have a dramatic deterioration of the cases, the magnitude of which will depend on the degree of relaxation of the citizens, the strictness of the police controls, and the number and range of measures that the government will lift “, explains the head of the Laboratory, Professor Stergios Logothetidis.

As the research team of the Nanotechnology Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki had pointed out, “in terms of infections or cases, they showed their maximum round since November 16, while their reduction continues until now in Greece and Thessaloniki, which had exceptional high viral load in early November. Respectively, the greatest pressure on ICUs and the entire health system was observed in late November and early December, while the maximum number of pandemic victims occurred about a week later, and we all hope that these difficult days will not come again. enormous pressure on the health system and ICUs.

coronavirus diagram AUTh
coronavirus diagram AUTh
coronavirus diagram AUTh

“Scientists evaluate, analyze and predict with their studies, but the decisions, for the opening of the market and the schools, or the movements and the degree of supervision or relaxation of the measures are taken only by the State. The crucial thing for the whole holiday season is to respectfully observe all the protection measures against the coronavirus, especially in closed areas and crowded streets, to limit unnecessary movements but also their duration and stay indoors, and to to avoid the movements between prefectures, and the citizens to use the best possible quality of masks in their every exit, in order to reduce the number of cases and losses “, explains Professor Stergios Logothetidis.

Invisible “arsenal” for the invisible enemy

The pandemic has created new priorities and needs. Huge investments, mainly public and private, have been made and are being made around the world, and will continue in the coming months and years on products and solutions provided by nanotechnology.

Governments and states, such as the European Union, fund emergency research, research, and small and medium-sized enterprises to develop nanotechnology products to diagnose and prevent the spread of coronavirus, the development of drugs and vaccines, and related patents abound. rapidly day by day.

The virus is an invisible enemy – its size ranges between 60 and 140 nanometers, so the “arsenal” offered by nanotechnology, which develops its “weapons” in this very microcosm are valuable and unique. In addition, the fact that nanotechnology is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary – in the sense that it combines many different disciplines and specializations – allows for the interdisciplinary approaches of research teams and solutions to difficult problems.

Diagnostic tests and biosensors, new generation drugs and vaccines, nanoparticle virus control and vaccine prevention, nanomaterials, nanocoatings and nanofilts for protective masks, antimicrobial materials and fabrics, all of these, personal protective equipment “Nanotechnology today can offer large-scale solutions”, points out Professor Stergios Logothetidis.

The team of the Nanotechnology Laboratory is working on these issues, and in addition collects, processes and analyzes data on the course of the pandemic, daily since February based on strict principles, tools and models, in order to validly and safely inform the authorities, competent bodies and the citizens of the country, while conducting corresponding studies for the main countries and geographical areas of the planet and periodically informing more than 100000 scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs around the world.
As has been shown and proven by successful forecasts and predictions throughout this period of the pandemic, the results of the analyzes and predictions of the Nanotechnology Laboratory can help not only to predict the evolution and number of pandemic cases, the human losses and other aspects of the pandemic but can mainly become an important tool for implementing the appropriate strategy and policy that government agencies and organizations would like to implement to make the right decisions and measures to protect citizens, society and to limit the negative effects on the country’s economy, as appropriate.