Discussions of a possible end of the pandemic, as well as the potential development of the situation in Russia were raised in the interview with Denis Protsenko, the head doctor of Moscow’s specialized hospital for treating the coronavirus infection. He said that the epidemic in Russia could develop along one of two scenarios -- Chinese or Italian.
Impressive rates of the coronavirus spread are causing increasing concern among the Russians. If in early March, the first case of coronavirus infection was recorded in Russia, according to data as of March 20, their number increased to 253 people.
At the moment, none of the experts will take responsibility to predict the exact date of the end of the pandemic. However, almost everyone who has anything to do with medicine is talking about possible scenarios of development of the situation. Vladimir Putin urged the people not to listen to all kinds of rumors and to trust only official information.
At the same time, RT had an interview with Denis Protsenko, the head doctor of the Infectious Diseases Hospital No. 1 in Kommunarka, a suburban district to the southwest of Moscow where patients with suspected coronavirus infection are taken. The topics of the end of the pandemic, as well as the potential development of the situation in Russia were raised in the interview. Protsenko said that the epidemic in Russia could develop along one of two scenarios -- Chinese or Italian.
“I monitor what is happening in the world, and we have two possible scenarios,” said Denis Protsenko. “If we follow the Chinese scenario, when the epidemic can be controlled, it should end in May or June 2020 (at the end of the so-called season.) On the other hand, if we follow the Italian scenario, which means a sharp surge in the number of infected people, let’s say that if it rounds up at the end of September it will be really good. At present, the situation in Italy is not that simple. We have professional chats where doctors from different countries exchange information. So, as our Italian colleagues told us, everything is very, very bad in Italy. As for the low mortality rate in Germany, there is nothing optimistic about it -- you just have to look at the data in one or two weeks. Only after that we may more or less accurately say that Germany has not followed the Italian scenario.”