The Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, reported that the COVID-19 Epidemic Risk Traffic Light will change “to respond to the epidemiological reality” in the context of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
“We are in new times, new commitments, new visions; Given the lack of knowledge that unfortunately still exists at the scientific level about the pandemic, we have not weakened, on the contrary, it encourages us, we strengthen ourselves.”
This was said during the first meeting of the National Health Council for Well-being (Conasabi) from 2022.
Alcocer summoned the heads of Health of the 32 entities to recover coverage of primary schemes, the immunization of lagging people, young people from 15 to 17 years old and the application of booster doses.
It will also maintain hospital reconversion plans.
For his part, Undersecretary López-Gatell clarified that the reconversion will focus on the expansion of emergency rooms and outpatient clinics, given that until now the new variant requires outpatient clinical management.
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The United States applied the same strategy last December
The general director of Health Promotion, Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, confirmed what was initially reported by the Reforma newspaper and explained that the isolation time for people positive for COVID-19 was reduced to seven days, “with the purpose that people can resume their usual activities while maintaining basic prevention measures“.
On December 27, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the isolation period to 5 days required for people who are asymptomatic or whose symptoms “have disappeared”, despite the fact that the country now faces records in infections of the disease.
Such a decision came with the warnings of specialists who pointed out that people could still transmit the coronavirus. At the time, the CDC recommended a 14-day quarantine.