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COVID-19 Fifth Wave Highlights That Pandemic is Not Over

By Miriam Bello | Wed, 07/13/2022 - 12:23

This week, cases of COVID-19 and monkeypox increased sharply in the Americas, with major health organizations urging the public to remain cautious to reduce contagion. Other diseases such as syphilis and mental disorders were also in the spotlight.  

Here is the Week in Health!

IMSS Issues COVID 4.0 Permit to Fight Fifth Wave

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) launched the “COVID 4.0” permit to allow its affiliates with SARS-CoV-2 to stay home. This measure aims to reduce contagion during the fifth wave of COVID-19. The permit will legally allow workers to be absent for five days and receive 60 percent of their wages during the fourth and fifth days of absence.

Monkeypox Cases Increase by 55.9 Percent: WHO

A World Health Organization (WHO) report indicates that 58 countries report monkeypox cases, with 85 percent of cases being registered in the EU, making it the most affected region in the world.

In the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) latest Epidemiological Update reported a total of 1,325 monkeypox cases in 14 countries. During the period evaluated, cases in the US increased by 77 percent and in Canada by 31 percent. Both countries have 81 percent of cases in the region.

Baja California Sur Creates Team to Transition to IMSS-Bienestar

Federal and Baja California Sur authorities are collaborating to transition the state’s health services under the umbrella of the IMSS-Bienestar program. The goal is to guarantee access to health services for those who are not affiliated to the IMSS social security program.

PAHO Asks Countries to Reinforce Actions Against Syphilis

PAHO’s Epidemiological Review of Syphilis in the Americas makes an active call on countries and health professionals to fight this preventable and curable infection, which affects thousands in the region every year.

Preventing Stress at Work Could Reduce Depressive Disorders

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry found that reducing work stress could prevent 18 percent of depressive disorders in workers. Other disorders could be prevented through economic aid, social support and access to education.

COVID-19 is Still an International Health Emergency: WHO

During the 12th meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, WHO warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

Medical Alert Systems Can Prevent Fatalities

Medical alert systems aim to transform emergency responses for the general public, potentially providing more independence for seniors living alone, individuals with a health condition and caregivers who want to keep their relatives safe.

Controversies Hound Public Health Sector

Mexico’s public health sector is being affected by several controversies, with the spotlight being on the General Health Council, Birmex and ISSSTE. The General Health Council is being affected by alleged irregularities regarding corruption and monopolized power. Birmex is being questioned for its capacity to distribute medicines with limited budget and infrastructure. ISSSTE is being questioned for a $950 million (US$45.5 million) payment from Selecciónes Médicas del Centro, which it had allegedly obtained in a fraudulent operation.

Experts of the Week!

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst