The fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may begin to subside in a month, the infectologist estimated Alexander Macias, in interview for Aristegui Live.
The expert estimated that based on the behavior of the pandemic recorded in South Africawhich is similar to what has been reported in Mexico, still there are a few weeks left before a clear decline is perceived.
“We have to keep a watchful eye on what is happening in South Africa because there we do not have to guess the future, we are seeing it there, they have a month and a half ahead of us, it means that this peak in which we are still has a month to go to go down,” he said.
Macías commented that this fifth wave of the pandemic in Mexico is very intenseHowever, fewer serious cases are recorded.
“We are in a fifth wave frankly, as has already been described and it is very intense, I would say almost as intense as the first part of the omicron variant,” he said.
“You have to see things with optimism, of course, with moderate optimism that things are very intense.”
Right now, he said, the subvariant that is circulating is the BA5 omicn, which is up to 50% more contagious than the BA2 subvariant, which is why the specialist suggested maintain care such as doing outdoor activities, avoiding crowds, taking care of your diet and exercising.
“This virus is going to hit us all sooner or later. The important thing is that we don’t all get infected at the same time. Each wave reaches and infects 20 percent of the population,” he said.
This Tuesday morning, the undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatellexplained that in the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico there are no longer as many cases as 14 weeks agofor which a trend towards a reduction in infections is beginning to be perceived.
“In the different indicators that have to do with the occurrence of new cases, these indicators begin to show reduction. It is not yet a decrease in the number of daily cases or the number of weekly cases when compared to immediately prior dates. It is not that yet, but we do see that the increase that occurs day by day or week by week is already less than what was occurring in the previous 14 weeks, ”he reported.