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The fear was that influenza and COVID would converge. It did not happen in Mexico. A case of AH1N1 appeared


The winter flu season began in the country in #October, but after 12 weeks only one case of the disease and no deaths have been confirmed.

#Mexico, #December 30 (EFE) .- #One of the biggest fears of the experts for this winter season was the danger that the influenza and the coronavirus converge, which has not happened at least in #Mexico, where only one case of AH1N1 has been presented due in large part to the hygiene measures and the lockdown obliged.

#This has led to an atypical influenza season in #Mexico, where up to now there has only been one case of this virus and no deaths in the country, which “is something positive,” considered an expert.

“#We have not seen cases of influenza yet, which is reassuring but does not mean that we must continue with precautions and pending the season,” he told #Efe #Dr. #Alejandro #Macías, infectologist and former commissioner for influenza care in #Mexico.

The winter flu season began in the country in #October, but after 12 weeks only one case of the disease and no deaths have been confirmed.

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#In #October the winter flu season began in the country. #Photo: #Eric #Gay, AP

#In the same period of 2019, 6,207 infections and 412 deaths were registered due to influenza. #In 2020, the only case confirmed by the #Ministry of #Health was the AH1N1 type that occurred in #Mexico #City at the end of #September.

“#Surely the measures that have been taken to prevent COVID-19 have allowed influenza to have not occurred this year,” the specialist explained.

#For the expert, the low incidence of influenza is attributable to different issues, including the wide coverage of influenza vaccination and prevention measures against COVID-19, which are the same as those that protect against influenza.

DIFFICULT SITUATION

#Although up to now the so-called “sindemia“, #Which would be the combination of influenza and COVID-19, #Dr. #Macías said that what happens in #January should still be expected, although he assured that the situation experienced by COVID-19” continues to be very difficult.

“The health system is collapsing, the fatigue of health personnel is noticeable and in some places there is a lack of medicines,” he said.

#He predicted that 2021 will be an especially difficult year not only because the health emergency due to coronavirus will continue, but also the diseases that received little attention due to the pandemic will have to be controlled.

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#One of the experts’ biggest fears for this winter season was the danger of influenza and coronavirus converging in the country. #Photo: #Victoria #Valtierra, #Cuartoscuro

“#Health professionals are at the limit of strength and will have to be ready to treat other diseases outside of COVID-19,” he said.

VACCINE, A HOPE

#For #Dr. #Macías, the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine bodes well, however, having only the biological produced by #Pfizer, this may not be enough to combat the pandemic.

“There is a huge international demand and although there are promises of delivery, we know that the first doses will be for health personnel,” he said.

#He said that patience should be exercised, since thousands of vaccines are required to immunize the majority of the population.

#Despite the fact that some people have shown their rejection of the vaccine due to the speed with which it was developed, #Dr. #Macías pointed out that biologics are “absolutely” safe and although it will be very difficult to convince those who think otherwise, he said that more should be thought positively about it.

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“#Science has worked to develop a vaccine that is safe and efficient and that is how we should think about it,” he said.

#And he asked not to lower his guard against both diseases as well as follow the recommendations to avoid more infections and complications from COVID-19, which already adds 1 million 401 thousand 529 infections and 123 thousand 845 deaths.

“There is a huge international demand and although there are promises of delivery, we know that the first doses will be for health personnel,” he said. #Photo: #Eduardo #Verdugo, AP





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