“Ask the Doctor”: Epidemiologist Oleg Ruban Answered Current Questions about Coronavirus

On January 20, 2021, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation held a live broadcast with the Honored Doctor of Ukraine, head of the main department of the State Food Service in Kiev, epidemiologist Oleg Ruban. The broadcast took place within the framework of the Foundation project “Ask the Doctor” jointly with the “Ukraina” TV channel. This is a series of online meetings with reputable doctors, who teach everyone about everything have to know about the coronavirus.

Oleg Ruban received dozens of questions from the audience. One of the most popular question was: “When will we defeat the coronavirus?”

“Coronavirus, like any infection, stays with us forever. Therefore, use a mask, keep the social distance, do not communicate with people who are likely to be sick,” the epidemiologist replied.

The doctor also told viewers about the reasons for the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, which can be observed in official statistics. In fact, the pandemic is not receding, and the decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases is more due to the human factors.

“We have a decrease in laboratory investigated COVID-19 cases. This is due to distrust of primary health care, a decrease in the number of medical visits for mild symptoms. This has been observed since the first week of December. In addition, unfortunately, this mistrust is growing,” said Oleg Nikolaevich.

He also noted that the change in the algorithm for diagnosing the disease also influenced the official statistics. Algorithm that will give statistics closer to the truth:

“Today antigens have been proposed, which should be used in every clinic and give a result in 15 minutes. However, today it is not implemented [everywhere], because the supply of these antigens only started one week ago. We will see an increase of the incidence of illness this week. This is due to a natural factor in all acute respiratory viral infections. They always rise sharply in the third to fourth week, with peak numbers in February.”

Oleg Ruban explained that the new method would allow ambulance doctors who visit patients with COVID-19 symptoms to diagnose the disease:

“It became available today even in villages. At all points, in medical institutions. However, doctors and nurses have to learn how to work with these tests.

The audience was also interested in the issue of vaccination against coronavirus.

“It is essential to vaccinate without fail, this is the only civilized way to overcome the epidemic, but it is necessary, first of all, to vaccinate risk groups. These are people over 65, people with chronic lung diseases, medical personnel,” said Oleg Ruban.

According to the doctor, vaccines will begin to arrive in Ukraine in February. The question of how the mass vaccination of the population will be carried out is still being worked out:

“This is a big problem. Measures are being taken to form vaccination centers. People will have to come for the vaccination, undergo a [preliminary] medical examination, and, if necessary, detect antibodies.”

According to Oleg Ruban, vaccination in Ukraine will be voluntary.

“It will be possible to talk about compulsory vaccination when the third stage of clinical trials of vaccines takes place,” the epidemiologist said.

Watching the full version of the broadcast, you will learn about Oleg Ruban’s attitude to the so-called private vaccination, when community immunity appears in Ukraine, about the reasons for the successful fight against coronavirus in China, an unprecedentedly high incidence rate in the United States, and much more. If you want to watch the broadcast recording, follow the link below.

Ранее участниками проекта «Спроси у доктора» были другие специалисты национального уровня. Среди них – самый известный доктор страны Евгений Комаровский, главный анестезиолог Украины Сергей Дубров, врачи Светлана Гук и Виталий Соколов. Записи можно найти на страницах Фонда Рината Ахметова в YouTube и на Facebook. Доступны к просмотру также короткие видеоролики с ответами экспертов проекта на самые популярные вопросы.

– Число фейков и мифов вокруг коронавируса постоянно растет. Чтобы закрыть потребность в объективной информации, Фондом Рината Ахметова и был запущен проект «Спроси у доктора». Он реализуется в рамках программы «Ринат Ахметов – Спасение жизней». Благодаря этой программе государственные больницы страны получили 200 суперсовременных скорых, 205 высококлассных аппаратов ИВЛ, 337 тысяч экспресс-тестов для определения коронавируса и 200 тысяч единиц средств индивидуальной защиты для медиков, – говорит Юлия Ершова, директор по коммуникациям Фонда Рината Ахметова.

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Previously, other specialists at the national level were participants in the project “Ask the Doctor”. Among them are the most famous doctor of the country Yevgeny Komarovskyi, chief anesthesiologist of Ukraine Sergey Dubrov, doctors Svetlana Guk and Vitaly Sokolov. The recordings can be found on the pages of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation on YouTube and on Facebook. There are also available for watching the short videos with answers from project experts to the most popular questions.

“The number of fakes and myths around the coronavirus is constantly growing. To cover the need for objective information, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation launched the project “Ask the Doctor”. It is being implemented as part of the Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives program. Thanks to this program, state hospitals in the country received 200 ultra-modern ambulances, 205 high-quality ventilators, 337,000 rapid tests to determine coronavirus and 200,000 units of personal protective equipment for doctors,” says Yulia Ershova, communications director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

New broadcasts of the project “Ask the Doctor” are already being prepared. Follow the announcements!