Budapest Medical University’s Rector Predicts Second Wave Of Covid-19

  • 28 Jul 2020 8:36 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Budapest Medical University’s Rector Predicts Second Wave Of Covid-19
Semmelweis University rector Béla Merkely is sure that a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic will hit Hungary.

In an interview with ATV on Sunday evening, Merkely said several factors will influence the date of the second wave, which cannot be precisely guessed.

“If the air turns cool, if children go to school and if parents work in closed spaces, that could speed up the spread of the infection,” he observed.

However, he stressed, “the country cannot be closed down again like in the spring”.

Merkely said one in ten infectious persons are highly infectious, and infect 20 people on average. Such people are responsible for 80% of new infections, he added.

Speaking about the start of classes, he said “it would be good if classes began at school and at universities,” but no lectures should be held with 100-200 people attending, and the use of masks and the washing of hands will have to be taken seriously in these institutions.

MTI Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák

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