On the contrary, he warned that “the virus is spreading more actively than ever.”
Significant upturns are observed in all subregions,
Sylvain Aldighieri, Incident Manager for Covid-19 of the organization indicated that although it is possible that the virus will eventually become “endemic”. It is estimated that this would take time and, in this period, he considered, it is possible that there will be new outbreaks in countries where vaccination has advanced.
“In fact, this is what is happening with Ómicron in the Americas, important upturns are observed in all subregions. Despite coverage above 70%”, he acknowledged.
On the other hand, the PAHO manager confirmed that it is still too early to predict when the number of cases in Mexico will begin to drop.
“The dynamics of this variant in the coming weeks and months at the regional level will depend on the strict and sustained implementation of public health control measures and the use of masks,” he confirmed.
Ómicron: its infection capacity is up to three times higher when compared to the so-called Delta
Regarding the mortality caused by the South African variant, Sylvain Aldighieri responded that this will depend on the vaccination coverage of people at risk and the capacity of the services to handle the sustained flows of patients with complications.
He explained that so far it has been shown that this variant, which arrived in our country last December. It adapts to the human host and its infectivity is up to three times higher when compared to the so-called Delta, a variant that until a few months ago was considered the most infectious.
“In addition, the large number of mutations accumulated in the Ómicron genome makes it easier for it to partially evade the immune response generated by both the vaccines and a previous infection. However, the evidence is increasingly solid showing that in individuals with the complete vaccination schedule, the severity of the infection and the risk of hospitalization drastically decrease. Generally leading to a disease with mild symptoms. However, in unvaccinated individuals and with some risk condition, the disease can still be serious and even lead to death”, added the specialist.
Infections in Mexico: IN THE LAST WEEK, 7.2 MILLION NEW INFECTIONS WERE REPORTED IN THE REGION OF THE AMERICAS
Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO, pointed out that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spreading more actively than ever, adding that the new wave of infections is not light for our health system.
“The Omicron variant is already challenging our workforce among health workers by limiting care for other diseases,” he said.
The director of PAHO reported that peak figures were recorded in the last week with 7,200,000 new infections and more than 15,000 deaths from coronavirus.
“We cannot lower our guard now, the Delta variant continues to cause several cases in the Americas and the Omicron variant will surely become the dominant strain.
Contagions in Mexico: “As you know, it spreads more quickly than other detected variants, especially indoors. Meanwhile, Ómicron is circulating widely, it is causing hospitalizations and deaths and even in the least severe cases, health facilities and establishments are being flooded,” he said.