Fifth wave of COVID-19: decrease in cases, hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy in recent weeks

At the beginning of December they announced that Peru was starting a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. A few days after the end of 2022, the scenario may change due to the decrease in cases, explains a specialist.

Fifth wave COVID-19: decrease in cases, hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy in recent weeks

In Peru, the use of mandatory masks began since March 2020. (Andean)

A few days before the end of 2022, good news arrives in our country, since we would be in the final stretch of the fifth wave of infections by COVID-19. According to Cesar Munaycohead of the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC) of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), he maintained that this scenario could culminate between the middle or end of next January.

“Not yet (we can confirm it’s over) because the criteria are not met at the CDC. Yes, there is a significant drop in the number of cases. Every week there are fewer cases, but we have to have at least three to four weeks with a number of cases. So, that criterion is still not met. & Nbsp; Probably, by mid-January or the end of January we should already be ending this fifth wave, “he said in dialogue with TV Peru.

However, and despite the fact that the cases in some regions have been decreasing, the specialist stated that it is important that people do not lower security measures and that the use of masks in closed places is important, especially when going to centers shops, hospitals or public transport is used. In addition, he called on the population to complete their vaccination schedule.

Fifth wave COVID-19: decrease in cases, hospitalizations and occupancy of ICU beds in last few weeks

Vaccination in Peru. against COVID-19. (Andina)

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“Behavior in an endemic phase is the following: when there are increases and epidemics, we must wear masks indoors, in workplaces and above all get vaccinated to prevent complications and high costs of living in this endemic phase. To do this, we need people to get vaccinated with the fourth dose […] The coronavirus is going to be endemic. We are going to have outbreaks in winter when a new descendant lineage appears, but these outbreaks are going to be much smaller,” remarked the CDC headline.

Something that the Ministry of Health analyst remarked that it is important to bear in mind that in the context of a pandemic, it is not possible to talk about herd immunity.

“It is not really true with COVID-19 because herd immunity is said to prevent infection and actually even if the person is vaccinated or has been given COVID-19 before, they can still be infected. We must remind the population that although it is true it can give you a mild or moderate infection, but we also have a significant number of prolonged COVID-19. Between 20 and 40% may have fatigue, headaches and a persistent cough and it is better not to get infected, ”he added.

Fifth wave COVID-19: decrease in cases, hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy in recent weeks

Photo: Agencia Andina.

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César Munayco pointed out that the Minsa has addressed three specific points to combat this virus, which stand out:

1) The vaccination process with emphasis on the placement of the fourth dose

2) The use of masks in poorly ventilated places

3) Adequate ventilation in various spaces.

“If you could see the first, second and third (wave) they had an economic and social impact, high mortality and saturation of services, but in the fourth and fifth wave we have a significant number of cases, but in terms of hospitalizations, in the ICU, or death has been much less, so, we are on our way to that endemic phase and we have to begin to change the paradigm because once you enter the endemic phase there may be outbreaks and epidemics of COVID-19just as there is influenza, so you have to We have to adapt them for that transition,” he added.

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