OREANDA-NEWS. According to Larisa Popovich, Director of the Institute for Health Economics of the Higher School of Economics, to assess the second wave of coronavirus properly, it is necessary to take into account the ratio between the number of people who have been ill and recovered.

For example, she emphasized that in Moscow the number of newly-discharged patients is consistently exceeding the number of hospitalized and recently identified patients. She says this is a very good dynamic, but adds that the situation is different across other Russian regions.

According to Larisa Popovich, there is some increase in the number of newly-identidied patients. But it would be wrong to call a "second wave" of coronavirus the fall increase in the number of people infected with it. There are no evident formal signs of the onset of a wave, there is just a difference between the past period and the new one," she said.

A virologist Anatoly Altstein agreed with her. He noted that there has been a slight increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in Russia, but it cannot be called " a new wave of coronavirus", since the first one has not ended yet. He recalled that the pandemic continues, so people must be careful and comply with anti-epidemic security measures.