Posts tagged as Infectologist

Latvian infectologist reiterates importance of observing restrictions

Friday, February 5, 2021

The measures currently set out to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia should be maintained, and, more importantly, observed,  said infectologist Uga Dumpis on Latvian Television February 4. He acknowledged that in Latvia the situation regarding Covid-19 is bad, as is the mortality rate. “It’s bad. “So many [people] die, these are preventable deaths,” the infectologist said, pointing out that easing restrictive measures would pose risks. The government is scheduled…

Infectologist: new strain of COVID-19 will come to Latvia eventually

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Health Ministry’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis told Latvian Television December 22 that the new strain of COVID-19 can’t be prevented from reaching Latvia. He said suspending passenger traffic with the United Kingdom will slow it down but not prevent it. According to Dumpis, not much is yet known about the new strain but it shouldn’t change the situation much. World Health Organization has also said it is not more dangerous…

Distancing is a stronger weapon against COVID-19 than masks

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Masks are a helpful tool to help fight COVID-19 spread, but the main condition is distancing, Uga Dumpis, Health Ministry’s chief infectologist, told Latvian Television October 13. Dumpis said he had been skeptical towards use of masks in the spring and his position has still not changed. It is known that the spread can occur through singing or speaking, so “we wear the mask not to infect others and masks…

Latvia works on saliva-based COVID-19 tests

Friday, September 18, 2020

Health Ministry’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis said September 18 that work on the use of saliva-based tests for COVID-19 diagnostics is taking place within the framework of the National Research Program. Dumpis said that it was not yet possible to say when it could be done in practice. It would be particularly handy for testing children, who find the current method unpleasant. He explained that the method of taking saliva…

Infectologist: No such thing as safe-travel countries

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Latvian residents should not travel at the moment, because there are no safe countries where people can be protected from COVID-19, the chief infectologist of the Ministry of Health, Uga Dumpis, said in an interview on Latvian Television  August 18. He stressed that also in  the “green area” are countries with five times more COVID-19 patients than in Latvia. At the same time, in recent months, the highest risk to the spread…

Infectologist: Nothing is really over

Friday, June 26, 2020

“Nothing really is over”, COVID-19 has not been defeated, and so far there has been a great deal of work to make Latvia a relatively safe country, the Ministry of Health’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis told Latvian Radio on June 26. The fact that no new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in Latvia for five consecutive days is good news, but it should be noted that there were holidays and many…

Infectologist says face masks not strictly necessary at the moment

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Although Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) urged Latvians to wear face masks in public places earlier this week, the low rate of infection doesn’t mean such precautionary measures should be compulsory, according to infectologist Professor Uga Dumpis, of Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, on April 29. “As the epidemiological situation in Latvia is relatively good, we have few daily infection cases, public transport isn’t overcrowded and the risk is comparatively low…