Physician and infection scientist Iván Solano emphasized that the outbreak of respiratory infections for two months was due to a lowering of vigilance, as the country is still registering daily cases of COVID-19.
Respiratory infections also decreased during the worst period of Covid-19 as people took precautionary measures such as proper use of face masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing due to fear of being infected.
Solano said that Covid-19 is still an epidemic, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring on May 5 that COVID-19 is no longer an international health emergency; however, he urged people not to let their guard down.
“By lowering measures, this favors an increase in respiratory viruses that are transmitted in the same way as SARS-CoV-2. One of the reasons for the surge in viral respiratory diseases is the lack of implementation of preventive measures “in the population,” he said in Highlighted in an interview with El Salvador Today of the digital newspaper Cronio.
He said there has been a slight increase in the number of people infected with the virus over the past three weeks and there have been reports of positive COVID-19 test results, so if there is any doubt, it is necessary to go to a medical center because not all cold symptoms are Coronavirus infection. .
According to the Ministry of Health, as of August 6, a total of 8,861 cases of acute respiratory infection and 190 cases of pneumonia have been reported; however, regarding the information on COVID-19, the latest report is that since August 2022, there have been 201,785 confirmed cases 4,230 deaths from coronavirus cases. The head of the World Health Organization estimates the pandemic has killed at least 20 million people globally, almost three times the official tally by the organization. As of May 3, the World Health Organization scoreboard showed officially recorded deaths approaching 7 million.
Covid-19 EG.5 variant circulates in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, 10 people have been detected with the EG.5 variant of the novel coronavirus, and data from the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health indicate that these cases have been detected since the 18th week of epidemiology this year.
The World Health Organization considers this variant to be of interest, but so far there is no evidence that it is more aggressive or deadly.
The cases were detected in the provinces of Puntarenas: Palma District, Puerto Cortez, Guaycara and Corredores, Piedras Blancas, Bahia Ballena, Cano As and Barranca, and General San Isidro of San Jose.