‘COVID-19: We are taking the middle road’, says PM Morawiecki

Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Saturday that Poland did not choose the wrong path of building so-called herd immunity.

“We are also not taking the path of countries that have once again introduced a lockdown. We are taking the middle road, yet inhibiting infections is in our hands,” the PM wrote.

Addressing Poles, Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that the coronavirus was a phenomenon, which was still being studied by scientists. Referring to an article on COVID-19 published by The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, the Prime Minister admitted that all the fears regarding the coronavirus had been coming true and stated that "our steps and the strategy being implemented in Poland have been based on the guidelines defined in the article."

The authors of the article stress that keeping a safe distance from other people, maintaining hand hygiene, and covering one’s face is key to limiting the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus, and quick testing, contact tracing, and isolation are considered “critical”. They also indicate that it is still unknown how long after infection a person has immunity to the virus. Moreover, reinfection has been proved to be possible, yet the frequency of such an event is also unknown. The authors agree that the death rate among those infected is several times higher than that of the seasonal flu.

Repeating that halting the number of new infections is in the hands of everyone in society, the Prime Minister wrote that it was a matter of a responsible personal attitude. "Disinfection, self-distancing and masks. Do not listen to demagogues. Protect yourself and your close ones," he wrote.