Coronavirus conference in Mexico. Topics for August 20

In Mexico are 543 thousand 806 accumulated cases of coronavirus SAR-CoV-2 and 59 thousand 106 deathsinformed the general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra; specified that 41,916 are the estimated active cases.

The epidemiological traffic light as of August 17 shows 6 states on maximum alert, 25 in orange and Campeche in yellow, so far the only entity to change to that color.

Hospital occupation due to coronavirus

Of the 31,752 beds that exist for general hospitalization, 12,151 are occupied. The states with the highest occupation are Nayarit, Nuevo León, Colima, Coahuila and Mexico City.

On the other hand, Colima leads the occupation of beds with a fan, followed by Nuevo León, Yucatán, San Luis Potosí and Aguascalientes. There are 3 thousand 503 beds that are in use of the 10 thousand 648 that are in all Mexico.

Most cases of covid-19 in Jalisco were registered in week 33

Most of the accumulated cases of covid-19 in Jalisco were registered in week 33, while in week 34 there was a decrease “there are around 95 cases,” explained Alomía Zegarra.

“They are not new cases. It does not represent that there is an increase, or that the trend of people who are getting sick in this entity is increasing in the last week,” he said.

Deaths from diabetes could reach a million by 2030: Ssa

Ten years from now, deaths from diabetes could reach a million, estimated the head of the Health and Nutrition Research Center of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Simón Barquera. He specified that “only by the consumption of sugary drinks, more than 40 thousand people die” annually in Mexico.

He recalled that diabetes, along with obesity and being overweight, are comorbidities that increase the risk of COVID-19 becoming a serious condition for patients.

Clear front labeling could save more than 39 billion pesos in five years: INSP

Clear front labeling – which consists of warnings about the sugar, calorie, fat and sodium content of packaged foods – could generate savings to the health system of more than 39 billion pesos in five years, Barquera said.

“Sometimes they say, ‘This strategy is going to cause economic losses.’ It is false. Really, what it is going to cause is significant savings in health and well-being for the country,” he said.

There are 159 laboratories endorsed by InDRE to test for covid-19

In Mexico there are 159 laboratories endorsed by the Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) for the coronavirus testing appAmong them, 52 are private, said the head of Epidemiology.

“There is a significant gap in the regulation of diagnostic laboratories, in part due to inadequacies in the corresponding regulation and who has specific powers to establish quality parameters for clinical diagnostic laboratories”, López-Gatell acknowledged.

There could be outbreaks of covid-19 if immunity is not achieved: López-Gatell

Because it is not known how long immunity against the coronavirus lasts or what percentage of population immunity could be achieved, “it is likely that we will have outbreaks” of the disease, explained the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion.

“It is not yet known, worldwide, based on scientific evidence, how long the immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid, will last,” he said. “This is important because to the extent that immunity could be permanent or prolonged, we would have a better chance that the epidemic around the world would decline to an end.”

Ssa: obesity and diabetes, components of half of the deaths per year before covid

The Undersecretary of Health assured that long before the coronavirus pandemic, metabolic diseases, including obesity and diabetes were the components of half of deaths per year in Mexico, whose trend has been maintained for at least the last 15 years.

The above, after the reaction of the president of the Business Coordinating Council, Carlos Salazar Lomelín, that they were seeking to blame them for the deaths from covid-19 by banning processed foods in some parts of the country.

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