Millions of people around the world are preparing to celebrate the holidays. And the idea, as always, is to do it in the company of family and friends, in good company, although there are more and more voices against this.
The WHO recommends that both these types of meetings be canceled like any non-essential event during these dates, in view of the growing number of cases of the omicron variant around the world.
“We are all fed up with this pandemic,” recalled the director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We all want to spend time with friends and family. But a canceled event is better than a canceled life. Better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and regret later. None of us want to be here again in 12 months, “insisted the now infamous manager.
In various parts of Europe they have already taken good note of the seriousness of the matter, intensifying booster dose campaigns and re-applying restrictions and closures. In Switzerland, for example, teleworking is mandatory from Monday for anyone who can do so.
“To be honest, the issue of vaccination is a bit difficult for me,” confessed a Swiss citizen. “Now you are vaccinated and you have the feeling that it is good, but somehow you notice that it still does not help much.”
In Germany, the government is considering a series of contact restrictions, including for people who have been vaccinated or already recovered. Hendrick Streeck, a member of the body of experts on the coronavirus of this country, gave some examples: “the size of the groups could be reduced”, he explained. “In Bavaria, they have already closed bars and clubs for the next few days and weeks, to avoid hot spots and super-spread events.”
Pending that inevitable spread, vaccination appears to remain the best possible weapon. Olaf Scholz He confirmed that the country will reach its goal of offering booster doses to at least 30 million citizens before the end of the year.