Las Tunas.- Las Tunas returns to its gray days in times of pandemic; the Delta and Ómicron strains circulate among the local population with high transmissibility and at the end of the first week of January the health authorities notified 766 patients, while increasing the studies to detect infected.
More than 6,900 antigen tests and more than 2,850 PCR studies were carried out in these first days of January and the investigations reach the asymptomatic patient.
Irresponsibility has led to a new wave of infections in the province.
So far, more than 500 people receive health care in homes, a public health strategy to treat patients with mild symptoms and without possible risks of complications, a decision that, according to the expert in epidemiology, Aldo Cortés González, needs timely evaluation of each case, because it is unavoidable that the sanitary measures to contain the virus are complied with. Meanwhile, more than 200 are admitted to the sanitary facilities.
Intersectoral work to guarantee the recovery of the patient without the spread of the health problem is essential in these times of re-outbreak of Covid-19.
Cortés González considers that irresponsibility has led to a new wave of infections in the province. While he highlights the lower lethality of the new variant.
If there are places where we must keep our distance at this time, it is in public places, explained the doctor.
Vaccines alone are not effective if they are not accompanied by sanitary measures and individual responsibility, emphasized the epidemiology specialist, who said that the symptoms can be confused with those of the common cold.
The extreme groups of life are more vulnerable to severe forms; as well as patients with comorbidities, that is why we call for greater protection, warned Cortés, and insisted that there is a percent of the population without completing the vaccination schedule; in addition to children under two years of age without immunization, groups very sensitive to the virus in this new outbreak.
January should conclude, according to the forecasts, with a figure above 2,500 patients and the control of the current expansion of the variants of the coronavirus will also depend on the booster immunization, which is about to spread in this eastern geography, and the citizenship behavior.
Regarding the prejudices of the population with immunogens, Cortés González clarified that they can cause general manifestations like any vaccine, including feverish, but it does not generate the disease, because its composition is not made of live viruses, but fragments of the virus, a protein specifically.
Aldo Cortés González has more than two decades in the world of Epidemiology and has faced epidemics and diseases inside and outside of Cuba. Given the possibility that Covid-19 becomes an endemic, he considers that it is too early to ensure it, because it is a virus and they have their own behavior.
The respiratory syncytial, influenza, AH1N1 have always circulated among us; other types of coronaviruses have existed, the expert specified; he at the same time argued that SARS-CoV 2 has many mutations and may increasingly reach new variants. We will have to see it in the future, he concluded.
Will we ever live without the face mask?
«If they gave me the choice between using it or not, I would choose it, because it even serves for the purposes of environmental pollution. It is impressive to see the lungs of a person who has never smoked blackened by soot from cars.
“Today you have to use it by imposition, because I can get sick as well as transmit.”
The Covid-19 epidemic had 158 patients during its first year in Las Tunas, widely dispersed in the months of that calendar; a 2021 with slow growth period after period and from May an increase of positives, with a pandemic peak during August and, in particular, in September, which amounted to more than 13 thousand cases.
When the population of the eastern Cuban province thought they had overcome the scourge of Covid, after a recent December with 188 patients, they experienced a new outbreak, which worries about the nature of a still too new disease.
Author: DARLETIS LEYVA GONZÁLEZ