In the best of cases, the link with the flu season could extend the pandemic until January of next year
According to López-Gatell, the reappearance of cases has already affected other countries in the world for a month, with an increase in infections and deaths
At the same time, he reaffirmed that the best way to control these cases is by carrying out healthy distance and personal hygiene measures.
When the measures to reduce COVID-19 infections began, it was not only very clear that the crisis would last for months. In addition, the possibility of a regrowth was always on the table, especially at the end of the year when environmental conditions favored the transmission of the pandemic. However, there was still hope to be able to control the pandemic before January 2021. It seems that there are no more opportunities for it.
According to El Universal, the chief epidemiologist of the federal government, Hugo López-Gatell, made new projections about the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico. The sub-secretary of Prevention and Health Promotion pointed out that new projections indicate that the health crisis in the country could extend to April 2021. This is because the new disease could enjoy a re-outbreak due to the annual influenza season, which dominates the end of the year.
Faced with the new projections of the sub-secretary, Twitter Mexico placed the concept of « Regrowth » as a trend theme. By 09:03 in the capital, it was the 21st most discussed concept on the platform, with more than 11 thousand comments. Most of the users were dedicated to criticizing the use of the term, as they point out that the epidemiological curve of the country has not been controlled. Others even called for the resignation of the chief epidemiologist for his handling.
Do you remember that Red when I told you that in October we were going to talk about an EXPECTED outbreak since the time of influenza is coming?
(And that Mexico would rather have a « re-accelerate » since there will be no flattened curve in the country before October) https://t.co/ytJcIck6lV
– Ophelia Pastrana ???? (@OphCourse) September 7, 2020
Regrowth? There cannot be a sprout where the original sprout still exists. Who are they kidding?
– Mauricio Castillo Alvarez (@maucastilloa) September 7, 2020
For a sprout to exist, you first have to tame the existing sprout, @HLGatell. Or what. Now the new peaks are going to be called ‘sprouts’? https://t.co/2unMrUnBHL
– Arne (@A_ausdenRuthen) September 7, 2020
All these problems for not making the right decisions at the right time. Serious human and economic losses.
Covid outbreak could extend until April 2021, warns López-Gatell https://t.co/283rqJVTBR via @El_Universal_Mx
– Tere Vale (@ TVale2012) September 7, 2020
The regrowth that we already knew will happen is worrying, but reinfection is more worrying. ?
– Elizabeth Cruz (@SaneliCruz) September 7, 2020
For that we would have to have contained the contagions at some point, right? https://t.co/g6fbUWRlb5
– Ground Control to Major Pug (@MajorPug) September 7, 2020
Countries where the undersecretary of health says there may be a regrowth, and we are still in the outbreak. pic.twitter.com/RYvOOOPcIH
– The black cornet (@lacornetanegra) September 7, 2020
Whether or not regrowth, what implications would there be for Mexico?
A phenomenon similar to that which could affect Mexico in the coming months has been experienced in several countries of the world. For a couple of weeks in Spain, certain brands have decided to close the doors of their businesses again to protect employees from a rebound in cases. The United States (USA), in a style very similar to its southern neighbor, is not seen to have been able to control its pandemic. Even in South Korea there were new peaks.
Regardless of whether the term regrowth is appropriate or not, the truth is that the federal government is already preparing for a new wave of cases in late 2020 and early 2021. This is very important, considering that the current administration has been very optimistic about their reports, even though the number of cases and deaths has not really dropped much. So, the most important thing is that companies prepare as best they can for the next few months.
Fortunately for many businesses, general sanitary and hygiene changes should be enough to reduce the impact of this regrowth. However, it must be recognized that the risk is expected to be greater in the coming months. So companies must ensure that their infectious security measures and requirements are strictly enforced. Otherwise, environmental conditions could cause significant disruption.
What should businesses do to protect themselves from infection?
There are already several examples in the market of good practices to protect the audience, both customers and employees. Uber will begin requesting selfies from users to confirm that they are wearing face masks. Oxxo already denies entry without a mask, which has not been to the liking of a couple of consumers. Spotify is helping artists make the leap to virtual events. And the airlines are distributing their own protection supplies and sanitizing aircraft.
There are other more generalized measures that companies can apply to avoid a regrowth in their stores or offices. According to Bring Me, it is crucial to reduce all unnecessary physical contact that people have with each other and with spaces in the property. The CDC ensures that it is crucial to establish daily disease monitoring measures among all staff. And the United Nations recommends promoting good practices among all the public.