- Experts warn about new Covid surge in Mexico.
- They warn that the pandemic is not over.
- Covid numbers are rising.
In light of the increasing number of coronavirus infections in recent days, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, reported that the Covid-19 pandemic has not ended. He added that, based on the history of infectious diseases, the SARS-CoV-2 virus will remain in Mexico, and the world, forever. This comes amid concerns about a fifth wave, according to the El Universal agency and MVS.
When participating in the Health Pulse report headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Undersecretary of Health indicated that “the positive news” is that Covid-19 will transition from a deadly disase to a milder illness over time.
WILL COVID BE WITH US FOREVER?
“A couple of months, three or four months ago, we talked about this transition of the epidemic from the epidemic state itself, which is an unusual situation, to the endemic state, not only in Mexico but throughout the world,” said the official about Covid in Mexico.
“The endemic state should not be thought to be the end of the pandemic. We have never said that the epidemic is over, what we have said, just as the European nations, the WHO and several other countries say, is that the epidemic, the unusual state is ending. We could already consider that the emergency situation is over.”
HOW WILL COVID EVOLVE?
“According to the history of infectious diseases, particularly those transmitted by the respiratory route and of viral cause, they tend to remain forever,” said López-Gatell. “The clearest example is influenza, it is a disease that emerged millennia ago as an emerging disease, surely, but then it remains permanently….”
“The same is going to happen with Covid, it is going to stay forever, but the very important positive news to take into account is that it is going from being a high-damage disease, with high virulence, with a high capacity to cause serious illness and death, to a disease with little capacity to cause considerable damage and greater transmissibility,” added the Undersecretary of Health.
WHAT DID HE SAY AT THE COVID CONFERENCE?
In President López Obrador’s conference on Tuesday at the National Palace, the Undersecretary of Health indicated that we will continue to see waves of the pandemic, which will increasingly enter its seasonal phase, most likely between October and March. He also stated that, “In one or two years we will already have a certain regularity of this seasonal presentation.”
“This framework of one or two years is still a conjecture, it is hypothetical, because of course there is no way to predict exactly when it will start to be seasonal,” he added about the current situation in Mexico.
WHAT ABOUT THE VACCINE?
Large-scale studies in the United States, Mexico, and Great Britain found that two doses of the Novavax vaccine were safe and about 90% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19. But those studies were done very early in the pandemic, long before the most contagious versions of the coronavirus appeared, including Omicron and its subvariants.
Dr. Filip Dubovsky, Novavax’s chief medical officer, said the company has already tested a booster dose and that it has stimulated virus-fighting antibodies that could tackle that variant. Filed Under: Covid