The coronavirus pandemic advances all over the world and has already left a total of 61,710,737 infections and more than one million deaths. United States is the country most affected by COVID-19, followed by India Y Brazil. In some places, as in Switzerland, the second wave has had more effect than during the first phase of the disease. And in others, as in the city of Iquitos (Peru) there has been the circumstance of a very significant reduction of infection in a matter of weeks.
In the heart of the peruvian amazon rainforest is the city of Iquitos, the largest in the world that cannot be accessed by road. Ali, during the months prior to September an absolutely tragic situation was experienced with numerous deaths and infections daily. But from the ninth month of the year, The authorities began to notice a significant decrease in infections with hardly any clinical consequences after COVID-19.
During the past week, throughout the Loreto region, whose capital is Iquitos, only registered four cases of the disease. In this data you can already see the decrease in infections, since the previous week they were only reported 19 infections.
Sources of the public health system have informed the . Agency that this friday only three people remained admitted to hospitals due to COVID-19, and two of them with suspected infection.
“Yes, it is true that there are almost no cases. When you talk to colleagues, they say there are one or two cases a week, tops. During the crisis there were sessions with 300 patients, up to 500 per day. That now these cases come, which are also milder, obviously makes everything much more bearable“, explains to . Luis Runciman, dean of Loreto Medical College.
25% of the population has not been infected
“The Loreto Health Directorate did a research work, stratified, by zones, by age, very well done, where it was found that the prevalence of COVID is 74% in Iquitos. It has been repeated in different months, and that prevalence has been repeated. If so, there would be only 25% of the population that has not suffered from the disease and those are now the sporadic cases that are occurring “, he indicated.
“This region has a much higher prevalence, and thus less scope for something like this to happen. This second wave behavior is not seen in Iquitos, We have been with very, very low cases for several months, only sporadic. There is no second wave, and that can be attributed to the high prevalence in the peak months of the pandemic.. It is simply that there are few people who are susceptible to becoming ill, “he added.
Without lowering your guard
“It happens that we do not know anything, we do not know how many serotypes there may be of the disease. How many types of COVID are there? We can say that we passed one, but another more aggressive may arrive, so we must continue to prepare for the worst” Indian Runciman.
Marco Loret de Mola, Peruvian statistician also spoke to . about the surprising case of Iquitos: “It is quite strange, yes, that there are not so many deaths or infections, and more if one takes into account that since October the economy was fully opened in practice. But it is also striking that cases are decreasing throughout the country … that’s why I I am inclined to think that it is more a consequence of the collective effort of all to prevent, with hygiene and general precaution, rather than the herd effect “, said.
“For me herd immunity is not the main variable in this situation, except that it can help in the consciousness of citizens, who are inspired and see a light. In Iquitos there is still 30% of the population to be infected, that means even the possibility of more losses, and more deaths ”, added.
“If there is immunity, it is because at the time it was so strong that it affected us all. Now people are confident and know what to cure themselves with, using our jungle plants and with that we are cured. There is tranquility and people are confident. We are at zero “, he told . German Salas, a seller of Bethlehem neighborhood in Iquitos.
Mirna Padilla, a client of Germán Salas agreed to point out: “The residents of the city have become immune to the virus because they have already had a bad time. The area is going to live with this COVID, which is still not going away completely, as we live with other diseases such as dengue and malaria. So we will continue, protecting and taking care of ourselves “, added.
Finally, asked about the disobedience of the restrictions of some people, the woman added: “Some react to what they tell us about the city (Lima) and say that masks do more damage, that with sweat the virus stays and thus they become more infected, and that without a mask they are healthier”, concluded for ..