Dr. Kobi Habib, director of Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, spoke today (Tuesday) with Anat Davidov on her program “Where’s the Money” on 103FM and addressed the differences between the current wave of illness and previous waves.
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“In the third wave there was a significant load in a short time, which did not happen this time. “Most of our patients are adults over the age of 70, but not only that, over 90% of them are vaccinated.”
He added: “There is less good news and that is that the vaccine pretty much dissipates in front of our eyes and it becomes less and less effective over time.”
Dr. Habib said that he opened another corona ward at the hospital after the first one began to fill up: “The decision turned out to be the right one, in the last two or three days there is a feeling of an increase in the number of patients. The jump is significant, something that has not happened to us for several weeks. “
According to him, at this stage the situation is still under the control of the health system, “Hospitals are far from collapsing, but the situation is getting worse. The coefficient of infection today is above 1.3, which means that if nothing is done now, the situation will continue to worsen. Anyone who is not vaccinated should do so immediately. “
He explained that the vaccines, although not preventing infection, do prevent more serious illness: “A lot of those infected could have been seriously ill, but did not get to the hospital and remained mild patients thanks to the vaccine. And that is the good news.
“The less good news is that the vaccine pretty much dissipates in front of our eyes and it becomes less and less effective over time. Therefore, in the reality of the emergency we are in, I am very much in favor of giving a third dose of vaccine as well. It’s important for me to say – this is not a derogatory word for a third vaccine. “