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Coronavirus Greece: Viral load in sewage increased by 41%, peak next week

Viral load in sewage has increased by 41 percent last week, said Nikos Thomaidis, professor for Analytical Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He warned that the peak is expected next week.

The Delta strain of Covid-19 has completely disappeared while now the “Omicron 2” variant prevails which is more contagious but with mild symptoms.

Speaking to Skai TV on Wednesday, Thomaidis who is in charge of the sewage analysis,said the viral load increased by 41% last week, while in recent days there has been an additional increase of 10%.

He stated that the viral load will continue to be high in the next period, while a peak is expected next week. This will be followed by a slow de-escalation.

He explained that one can no longer calculate the actual infection cases to which the viral load corresponds to sewage, as many infected are unaware that they are ill.

Thomaidis added that the “Omicron 2” strain has prevailed by 77% and it is extremely contagious with mild symptoms in vaccinated people.

As for the dangerous “Delta” strain, he said that it has completely disappeared.

Daily infections in Greece have been on the rise again in the last couple of days, and exceeded 10,000 in capital Athens in two consecutive days.

 

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3 comments

  1. “He explained that one can no longer calculate the actual infection cases to which the viral load corresponds to sewage, as many infected are unaware that they are ill.”

    Come on, wake up please.

  2. The number of cases is probably higher, as only rapid & PCR tests are counted. I know a few people who tested positive recently on a self test, but there was no reason to go get a rapid test as they have been boosted and don’t need a Covid recovery certificate. They are just self isolating.

    So they are positive, but not part of the count.

  3. marianne malonne

    We also have to weigh up the incidence of Long Covid and its mid- to long-term effects on the health service. In the UK, it is estimated that 2.3 million people are affected by Long Covid currently. 1 in 15 in England is Covid symptomatic. With no effective treatment for Long Covid and studies showing the risk of multi-systemic damage caused by BA2 (‘milder’ in some but we do not know enough about its consequences), the situation can deteriorate and caution is best, especially with vaccine immunity waning, no ‘universal’ vaccine available yet and new variants developing all the time. No-one is safe unless all of us work together.