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Pediatrician and epidemiologist Patricia Brugging: 'We can get rid of the lockdown'

Pediatrician and epidemiologist Patricia Brugging: ‘We can get rid of the lockdown’

According to Bruijning, we should be “squeezing the brakes a little bit right now, to prevent things from getting out of hand”. But policy should no longer aim to slow the contagion wave. “Especially focus on preventing infection where people are at risk, such as nursing homes,” Bruijning says. According to her, a possible introduction of 2G (vaccinated or tested) or 1G (all tested) could be used to prevent infection from reaching the most vulnerable. “You can ask a stylist who mainly cuts older adults to do a self-exam.”

Question marks about RIVM models

The government is now basing its policy on RIVM account models. Bruijning has serious doubts about these account models. At present, for example, calculations are still made with the length of hospital stay for patients comparable to the delta variable.

However, the disease course appears to be milder in the omicron variant. “You can use these forms, but the result will be more negative in terms of medical center admission and hospital occupancy.” Why these models are not adapted is a mystery to Bruijning.

Vaccination of young children

Today, the first parents of children aged 5 to 11 are receiving a call to vaccinate their children. Bruijning is not sure if she would do this with her children, if they were that age.

According to her, the omikron variant has reduced the need to vaccinate young children, both in terms of individual health benefits and in terms of reducing infection. “We are looking at a different situation with the current omikron variant than it was at the end of last year when the Health Board issued the advice.”

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flu vaccine

According to Bruijning, we should end up in a similar situation as with the flu shot. “I think we should abandon the whole idea that you have to vaccinate to prevent infection. People who are at high risk of getting sick, you’re going to have to keep vaccinating. But you don’t have to vaccinate people who don’t get this disease too. Vaccinate, because we don’t. We do this with many other viruses.”