First Lady: Foundation for coronavirus orphans to offer long-term support

Virologist projects epidemic to speed up in October

The coronavirus epidemic is likely to speed up in October and the flu could also reappear, virologist Miklos Rusvai said on Sunday.

When the weather turns cold and wet, symptoms of the common cold, infections in kindergartens and schools become increasingly frequent and based on the symptoms, it is difficult to tell whether infections are caused by the flu, allergy or the coronavirus, Rusvai told public news channel M1.

The situation is always more serious if the flu and the coronavirus appear simultaneously, he said. During the past season, there was no flu epidemic, with only 10 confirmed cases reported, partly because mask-wearing considerably hindered the spread of infections, he added.

Citing the results of British research showing that 99 percent of patients who needed intensive care for Covid had not been vaccinated, he said even if vaccines could not completely prevent infection, they could prevent it from becoming deadly.

New mutations of Covid have been reported since the discovery of the Delta variant but none of them are cause for concern because of their ability to spread fast or because vaccines don’t give protection against them, he said.

First Lady: Foundation for coronavirus orphans to offer long-term support

The Regoczi Foundation set up by President Janos Ader and First Lady Anita Herczegh will provide long-term and personalised support to children orphaned by the coronavirus, the First Lady said on Sunday.

Speaking after attending mass at the Regoczi Chapel in Vac, north of Budapest, Herczegh, who is the head of the foundation’s board of trustees, said work was ongoing on the criteria system for providing help to orphans, adding that the Regoczi Foundation would also work together with other institutions and foundations.

“There are many tragic stories, and over the past year and a half we’ve often felt helpless and that we have no control over how things turn out,” the First Lady said in her speech.

The foundation set up earlier this year was named after Istvan Regoczi, a Catholic priest who took care of orphaned children throughout his life in the interwar period.

Herczegh said Regoczi’s life had been about taking action to overcome problems. “It’s not enough to feel sorry and deep sympathy,” she said, adding that “nothing is impossible if there is unity”.

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