Herman Goossens: “If we do not follow the measures, we will have a disaster”

The microbiologist is sounding the alarm in the face of the threat of variants and the fear of a third wave.

JI’m quite worried, it reminds me of last year, when we spoke of “little flu”, I have the impression that we are in the same situation. I think it could go very quickly if we are not careful and if we do not follow the measures, “worries Herman Goossens this Thursday evening on the set of Jeudi en Prime (RTBF).

The professor of microbiology at the University of Antwerp is clear: “We must realize that this new variant poses a real challenge for our health system, if we do not take it seriously, we will probably have a third wave. “

He compares it with the situation in England, calling it “frightening.” “It’s almost the same as in Italy,” he recalls. I have the impression that we do not realize. “

“I have the feeling that we are at the start of this wave, and that some do not realize that we really have to react now, that it is a much more contagious virus. We must not panic but we must also realize that if we do not follow the measures, we will have a disaster. “

“There is a threat, with this British variant. If we do not follow the measures, we will have a third wave. This is the message I want to give. Let’s not play with fire, this new variant is already here and therefore it will spread very quickly, ”he insists.

“It’s a race against time, that’s why the English vaccinate like crazy. You have to get there as quickly as possible. “

“If people go skiing it would be a tragedy,” he concludes.

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