“Ask the Doctor”: Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus, Immunity and Vaccinations

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the Ukraine TV channel continue their joint special project “Ask the Doctor”. These are weekly online meetings with leading immunologists, anesthesiologists, infectious disease specialists who talk about the symptoms of coronavirus, drugs that are prescribed to patients with confirmed COVID-19, about the dietary habits of patients, the latest global trends in the treatment of coronavirus, and much more. The new guest of the project was an immunologist, candidate of biological sciences, senior researcher at the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine Boris Donskoy.

‒ A new wave of the coronavirus epidemic awaits Ukraine, and this issue is of the greatest concern to the Ukrainian society today. Boris Donskiy is the eighteenth expert of the “Ask a Doctor” project. Earlier, the audience’s questions were answered by a cardiac surgeon, Director of the Heart Institute, Professor Boris Todurov, a popular pediatrician of the country Yevgeny Komarovsky, an immunologist at the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health Alexander Zaika, anesthesiologist Sergey Dubrov, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Head of the Department of Respiratory and Other Viral Infections at the Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases named after … L.V. Gromashevsky Alla Mironenko and other leading experts. The online project “Ask a Doctor” is being implemented within the framework of the “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” program. During live broadcasts on the Foundation’s Facebook page, leading medical experts answer viewers’ questions on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. More than three and a half million people have already watched the “Ask a Doctor” project, and the interest in online meetings with the country’s leading doctors is constantly growing, ” says Yulia Ershova, Communications Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

As Boris Donskoy said, vaccination against coronavirus took place in two stages. And getting sick in the interval between them is quite real.

‒ The manufacturer of the vaccine received in Ukraine declares effective protection only after the patient receives two doses of injections in a timely manner. Then he becomes immune and the effective protection will be exactly that one the manufacturer is talking about. If you make one injection, then no one will take responsibility. And the likelihood of getting sick will be quite high, ‒ emphasized Boris Donskoy.

He added that the risk of getting sick persists even after the second injection, albeit not high, but doctors fix it.

The expert also answered the current question of what consequences, the CoviShield vaccine delivered to Ukraine, has for the organism.

‒ There is no information about this yet, and it will not appear soon. We have used so few doses so far that there is simply not enough data available. Countries that report dozens of cases of thrombosis have received tens of millions of vaccinations. We must not ignore this, and this must be dealt with. Although in practice, such a meager number of complications should not arouse suspicion.

According to Boris Donskoy, the COVID-19 virus is not unique in its kind. It all depends on the body’s resistance to infection.

‘Every person’s body shows a different response. Each of us is very much unique and individual. This is where our strength lies – it is impossible to “pick up a key” to a human being. If the human immune system had a clear plan of response to all pathogens, then the latter would immediately win the battle. Fortunately, not a single infection knows the human body’s plan of action,’ the doctor said.

At the same time, Borys Donskoy noted that today it is difficult to say how long the coronavirus will be progressing.

‘So far, it is just a fortune telling on coffee grounds. If we believe that no fundamentally new strains of the disease will appear, the ones that will be able to overcome immune protection and re-infect people, then, in my opinion, we will see a significant decline in the disease incidence in the summer. And then, no rise will happen in the autumn. If new strains do appear, then the game will have to start from scratch and the process can be very long,’ the immunologist stressed.

At the same time, Borys Donskoy added that 5 to 7 million doses of vaccine, timely purchased and delivered to Ukraine, could play a major role in the fight against the growing incidence of the disease in the near future.

The online project Ask the Doctor is being implemented within the framework of the program Rinat Akhmetov ‒ Saving Lives. Live broadcasts are available on the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s Facebook page, as well as on its YouTube channel. During live broadcasts, leading healthcare professionals cast light on the key aspects in the prevention of COVID-19. The program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives is implementing an extremely important project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine. It is the largest, most systematic and widest scale private initiative aimed at helping public healthcare facilities in the fight against the coronavirus. Within the framework of the project, the Foundation donated to public hospitals more than 200,000 units of personal protective equipment and consumables, 337,000 rapid COVID-19 tests and more than 200 ultra-modern lung ventilators.

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