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The chairman of the board of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has underlined the high risk of infection from the omicron variant of the corona virus. “My prognosis is we’re all going to get Covid, sooner or later – including me, although I’m really trying to protect myself,” he said on Tuesday.
“The omicron variant is so contagious at the moment and maybe even more contagious variants will come afterwards.” But there is “a huge difference” whether omicron meets a person who has been vaccinated three times or a person who has not been vaccinated or who was vaccinated a long time ago, the doctor emphasized the German broadcaster Phoenix. That is why the vaccination campaign is so important.
My prediction is we’re all going to get Covid, sooner or later – me too, although I’m really trying to protect myself.
President of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery
Frank Ulrich Montgomery
(Image: picture alliance/Tobias Hase for Deutsches Ärzteblatt)
“Omicron in the unvaccinated is still a risk-fatal disease that still has a case fatality rate of about 1 percent,” Montgomery warned. “As doctors, we have to prevent that by telling people: You have a great chance of surviving this disease easily and easily – through vaccination.”
No time to relax
Easing is not the right way for Montgomery at the moment, “there is no time at the moment” for a return, he judged. “We’re not over the top of the wave yet,” said the doctor, referring to Germany.