<Anchor> If you have any



questions, I'll ask Dong-chan Cho, a medical reporter.



Q. Will the 3rd inoculation, Omicron be stopped?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): Neutralizing antibodies are only a part of several immune factors.

Having a lot of neutralizing antibodies is good for immunity, but we cannot guarantee that it will block Omicron.

We can only know for sure after going through clinical trials, and unlike Delta, we don't know yet whether Omicron is dangerous enough to prevent it even with the 3rd dose.

Vaccine companies, before hastily saying that the third vaccination can prevent even Omicron, I would like them to show their responsibility for the side effects of the vaccine, which they are currently receiving immunity from.]



Q. Is the shortage of beds okay?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): First, I will show you the situation as of 00:00 yesterday (8th).

The living treatment center has 17,78 beds, 11,410 hospitalized, and 8,477 out of 11,947 general hospital beds.

466 out of 653 intensive care beds and 988 out of 1,255 intensive care beds are hospitalized.

There is a bit of room in the hospital, but more than 1,000 people are waiting a day.

The accumulated fatigue of the medical staff is so great that the remaining beds are not being utilized.



The intensive care bed is as of 00:00 today, and 945 people are hospitalized, but only 857 are in critical condition.

Although 88 patients have recovered enough to be transferred to a general ward, they say they are not well received because of concerns about infection.

The judgment of the critical care specialist should be respected on site and more beds for critically ill patients should be secured, but it seems important to utilize the beds secured first.]



Q. How to strengthen quarantine?



[Cho Dong-chan / Medical reporter (specialist): Let's look at the statistics of the quarantine authorities as of today's 00:00.

In one month, the number of confirmed cases is the highest among teenagers.

But the fatality rate is 0.

Those under the age of 50 have a flu fatality rate of less than 0.1%.

On the other hand, more than 90% of the deaths are over the age of 60.



Considering this, if the purpose of strengthening quarantine is to reduce the number of confirmed cases, it is necessary to limit the activities of teenagers and apply strong distance to schools and academies.

On the other hand, if the goal is to reduce the number of deaths, activities over the age of 60 should be restricted, and religious activities and family gatherings should be restricted.

The government must make clear its goals and come up with measures to strengthen quarantine.]



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