López-Gatell tells citizens to ‘not run’ to take COVID test

Under Secretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez called on Mexicans to remain calm due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, in addition He asked not to crowd sites where clinical trials are conducted, as he confirmed there is a worldwide shortage.

“At the moment it happens in Mexico that people want to get a COVID test done, it can be a problem because the production capacity is limited. If everyone with symptoms goes and becomes, they will be distressed, they will be in a row and they will reduce the chance that someone has the test or not, Tests are lacking around the world, some governments such as the United States, we say for clarity, if you have symptoms such as cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, you have to think that you have a respiratory infection, But don’t do a test. He’s going to modify the decision to isolate us,” the under-secretary for health said at a morning conference at the National Palace this Tuesday.

López-Gatell told people who present symptoms of a respiratory infection to stay home, isolate themselves and monitor their health, especially on the issue of oxygen.

“Instead of running to the kiosk, you have to stay at home, but you have to monitor your health, Be aware, monitor oxygen, if low it can be a high risk situation. You have to choose carefully the care of those who absolutely need it,” he said.

The Under Secretary of Health stressed that all forms are SARS-CoV-2 and that the precautionary measures are the same: frequent hand washing, proper use of masks, labeling sneezes to avoid spread, getting vaccinated, avoiding crowds And keep a healthy distance.

“You have to calm down, don’t panic. Seeing many infections can hurt us, but you shouldn’t panic, Booster Vaccination We need to put this in candidates quickly, we open pre-registrations after 40 years, don’t pay attention to rumours,” he said.

Hospitalization and death are stable: Lepez-Gatell

Using President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as an example of what is happening with COVID-19 at the national level, López-Gatell stressed that although coronavirus infections are on the rise, hospitalizations and deaths have remained stable.

“We all wish that the president is relieved soon. While talking with him at night, I noted the medical preoccupation that he had an upper respiratory tract procedure. The Omicron version that becomes prominent in Mexico, As is the case in other parts of the world, an important feature is the separation of the acute incidence of many cases, with a slower incidence of hospitalizations,” he said.


The Under Secretary of Health stressed that Omicron affects the larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, and to some extent lung damage, reiterating that Omicron’s clinical picture is similar to that of a common cold, fortunately. With less chance of causing resection of the lungs.

“People vaccinated with the primary plan have different COVID patterns, and with boosters there is less chance of lung damage and less disease and recovery in a few days., The president’s unfortunate transition shows what happens to O’Micron,” he emphasized.

added that There has been a drastic change in the increase in new cases of COVID-19, with a sudden upward trend in cases multiplying very rapidly, but in these cases, the proportion of hospitalizations is higher than before vaccination of the population. comparatively much less. And what happened with variants like Delta.

“Hospitalizations in the first and second waves are larger than in the third wave, this is the difference for vaccination, the number of cases was higher, but no longer hospitalizations, because vaccination had a positive effect. What we see on hospitalization is that even when we see a rise in cases, there are one fifth or less occupied COVID units,” he said.

López-Gatell explained that there has also been a reduction in deaths compared to the first and especially the second wave.However, he did not rule out that these will increase in the coming weeks.

“Deaths have not increased yet, knowing that there is a lag of about 14 days, they will probably increase, but much less compared to the absence of vaccinations and other types, we think in Mexico we will see the same pattern as in other countries. And well, we wish the President a speedy recovery,” he said.