The epidemiological situation, according to European medical experts, will worsen after the warmer months. Epidemiologists in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) agree but hope that the patients’ clinical picture will be milder than it was at the time of the pandemic. They claim that if a new and more dangerous strain emerges, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s healthcare facilities will be prepared.

Ednan Drljevic, head of Sarajevo’s Dr. Abdulah Nakas General Hospital’s Clinic for Lung Diseases, predicts that if the patients increase during the fall, they would be admitted with a fairly mild clinical picture, similar to the current case. They attribute the decrease in COVID-19 infections to good weather, proper ventilation, and staying outside, all of which are non-conducive to virus transmission.

“All possible lower and upper respiratory infections increase significantly during the autumn-winter season,” Drljevic explained. “We can experience an increase in COVID-19 cases in the autumn, but it will not be a major problem if it stays in this version.”

Because there are so many unknowns, pulmonologists in the Republika Srpska (RS) can’t predict if the COVID-19 epidemic will aggravate in the fall or which strain will emerge.

“During those flu seasons, it’s plausible that some fresh non-mutated or mutated form will emerge.” “It’s difficult to predict its type or number of people it effects,” says Mirko Stanetic, president of the RS Association of Pulmonologists.

According to European medical experts, omicron and its variants will disappear fast, but the delta strain is more resistant and may reoccur. Many regions are bracing for a fresh wave of COVID-19 in the fall because the World Health Organization has not declared that the pandemic is over.

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