Dr Matthew Simon, head of the intensive care unit at the University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec, told TVA Novels that the pandemic will end only when enough people are immune to COVID-19.
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“The only way to end the pandemic is when a significant number, if not the entire population, would have been immunized,” Dr Simon said in an interview with Frédéric Guée on Sunday morning.
There are two ways Quebecers can be immunized against the virus, Intensivist explained; Vaccination or contracting the disease and its effects.
“Choose your appointment time and have a very limited side effect (a one in 250,000 chance of a serious side effect) or take the chance with a version that is more dangerous, which will give you immunity, but a 4% chance of ending with a 1% chance of ending up with me in the hospital and in intensive care,” Dr. Simon said.
A “simple” and “logical” option, the doctor said.
“That is, there is no one who is going to pass through this pandemic, without somehow being vaccinated, either naturally or programmed. I would definitely opt for vaccination instead of disease,” he said.
Avoid psychological sequels
For Dr Matthew Simon, vaccination to avoid “unnecessary illness” is less of a problem, especially since patients who end up in intensive care often come out with psychological effects.
“One in seven patients who come to intensive care for more than a week recovers from post-traumatic stress disorder. If you’ve been deployed as a soldier in combat, it’s more common, Said Dr Simon.
An effect that is often underestimated, he said.
“People say to themselves ‘I had COVID, I survived, I will stop complaining to my relatives that I have nightmares and my thoughts are dark because I have no rights. I survived while others died’ “We have to talk about it,” said Dr. Matthew Simon.
A situation that makes him fear what will happen next.
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