Alejandro Macias, an infectious disease specialist & former national commissioner for influenza, warned the public to be on the lookout for the omicron subvariants BA.4 & BA.5, forms of SARS-CoV-2 that trigger COVID-19.
Even though no cases have been reported in Mexico, the BA.4 & BA.5 sub variants have been growing substantially in the United States and Russia. Doctors predict that they will “probably certainly” emerge in the country soon.
Mexico is now experiencing the fifth wave of COVID-19 cases, with a record of over 5 million infections and about 300,000 deaths.
In light of the rising number of coronavirus infections in Mexico, it is prudent not to relax the guard among citizens and residents. Some of the habits of precaution that should be practiced are: washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap; not touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unclean hands; having a sneeze or cough into the inner corner of the arm; and maintaining a healthy distance of at least 1.5 meters between individuals.
Furthermore, having the vaccination schedule finished is critical to reduce the risk of infection. While wearing a face mask is optional, it never hurts to be careful.