Top infectious disease doctor warns this could be the “year of viruses”

Top infectious disease doctor warns this could be the "year of viruses". Image: Liudmyla Guniavaia/

ONE of Finland’s top infectious disease doctors has warned that “this year could be the year of viruses”, despite waning Covid cases in the country.

Asko Järvinen, the chief physician for infectious diseases at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, warned this “year could be the year of viruses” after the world opened back up following two years of lockdowns and Covid control measures.

Järvinen told Yle‘s Radio Suomen Tag this week that he believes that now children are in schools and nurseries and adults are back at work, viruses will have the opportunity to spread in a completely different way than during the Covid pandemic.

“When there is no background protection, no resistance built up through infections in previous years, there is perhaps a little more room for disease,” he said on Tuesday, September 6.

“This is the fear that has been speculated.”

He believes that the viruses will start circulating in the autumn, as stated by numerous health officials in recent months.

“This year could be the year of viruses,” said Asko Järvinen.

He also believes that Covid will worsen in the autumn and winter, as the EU plans its vaccine rollout.

However, he admitted that in Finland, Covid cases are on the decline.

“Apparently, the summer has seen such an exceptionally high incidence of the disease that there are only small numbers of people who have not been affected,” he said.

“At the moment, infection rates are still coming down and the number of hospitalised patients is falling all the time.”

Speaking about heart diseases linked with Covid, which was recently stated to be the cause of a young hockey player’s retirement, Järvinen said that “severe coronary heart disease is currently very rare.”

He added: “There are only isolated cases in intensive care. If coronavirus does not become a completely new type of virus, it is no longer expected to place a significant burden on intensive care.”

Järvinen added that if members of the Finnish public think they have Covid, despite testing negative, they should wear a mask.

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    • Naimah Yianni

      08 September 2022 • 12:22

      What a load of rubbish. there have always been viruses and there have never been lockdowns before. These doctors need to stop taking backhanders from pharmaceutical companies. Time to stop testing, stop wearing masks and carry on as normal. There are always risks in life and none of these viruses are any higher risk than anything humans have experienced before. It´s just fearmongering and control

    • CCW60

      08 September 2022 • 15:42

      What would one expect when people have lived in a virtual bubble in isolation and/or wearing masks sometimes all day long every day for the last 2 years?!! If the body’s immune system isn’t stimulated by coming into contact with bacteria, virus’s etc. then it becomes crippled in it’s ability to fight off those things when the flood gates are opened back up. The isolation and masks were a mistake and now the chickens have come home to roost. Yes people will be sicker until their immune systems are built back up. There is one little problem though. The majority of people have now been injected with this gene therapy drug that changes the way your immune system behaves and basically hijacked the immune system. No one knows what the long-term effects of this will be but we are about to find out. “Sudden deaths” are on becoming a daily occurrence. All cause mortality rising sharply, so much so that insurance companies who pay out life insurance claims are alarmed. But let’s all keep getting those death jabs!

    • M

      08 September 2022 • 19:18

      Human immune system has been dealing with viruses since the beginning of time, I as many others are tired of these people trying to control people with scare tactics, and aided by willing zeolots and controlling big pharma.
      Time to put the current mild Omicron ( B.A.5) on the waining shelf where it belongs and deal with the real threats to people.


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