“Uninfected people are likely to develop new viral strains”

An infectious disease specialist said Thursday that unvaccinated people have a higher chance of developing new variants of COVID-19.

Interviewed on Dobol B TV, Dr. Edsel Salvana pointed out that unvaccinated people lose more viral loads due to rapid virus replication, compared to vaccinated people.

“Due to the rapid replication of the virus in an unvaccinated person, the risk of producing new mutations and variants is higher,” Salvana said.

The Philippine government has imposed restrictions on unvaccinated people due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Under Alert Level 3, local government units and police are applying restrictions on the mobility of unvaccinated people, who are not allowed to go out except to avail of essential goods and services.

Earlier this week, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“What do you want? Let’s just fill our cemeteries?…Please listen to us and get vaccinated,” the president said.

He urged Filipinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or else they are at higher risk of critical symptoms or death.

“If you are vaccinated, you have a fighting chance. Otherwise, we will bury people,” he said.

Although the Omicron variant appeared less severe than the Delta variant, Duterte said unvaccinated people are most likely to suffer the consequences of not receiving their shots.

“If you are not vaccinated, you will die. Even if it’s just Omicron, it’s death,” he added.

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