In recent days, the newspapers have been full of articles about new vaccines that could potentially turn the tide in the fight against COVID-19. More than 100 different organizations, including Pfizer, Moderna, BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sanofi and GSK and Johnson & Johnson, claim to have found the solution. Now that the government is also increasingly in the picture with massive vaccination campaigns, more and more people are getting vaccination jitters. That is why many people wonder: is vaccination really the only solution?
What do we know now?
We now know that it takes time to develop a vaccine. For example, the RIVM indicates: " It takes a long time to develop a vaccine against a new infectious disease, easily 5 to 10 years. " So what should we expect from a vaccine developed within 6 months?
Not everyone is eager to get vaccinated. For example, a public survey by the research bureau I&O on behalf of the NOS that 70% of young people between the ages of 18 and 34 do not trust the rapidly developed vaccinations, for fear of side effects on the long term. Another factor in this group is that many think that they do not belong to the risk group (33%). The willingness to be vaccinated has decreased from 60% to 48% in people aged 35 to 49.
We now know that to beat Corona, at least 70% of the Dutch population must be vaccinated. If this percentage is not reached, we will still regularly have to deal with significant waves of contamination and corresponding lockdowns.
We also know that virus particles largely spread through the air. In our previous blog: How do we break the 'Lockdown' circle? , we further explain how bystanders can quickly become infected.
Every contribution gives us new hope
It is important that every new invention, every new remedy, and every possible prevention, regardless of size, contributes to the fight against COVID-19. The current vaccines give us new hope, but if not everyone gets vaccinated or the vaccine does not work completely, then the contribution will remain too limited.
What can you do yourself?
„A vaccine will that we have completed, not replaced ” , told World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Careful ventilation and air cleaning remain crucial methods of permanently dealing with the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling on everyone worldwide to monitor and optimize air quality within communal spaces in order to halt the 'airborn spread'.
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