Cristian Diaz Vélez of the Ministry of Health stressed the need to vaccinate the elderly and those with underlying health conditions and advised the use of a mask in case of cold symptoms.
Eris variant. COVID-19 It shows clinical similarity with the previous variants, but its main characteristic is a higher ability to spread, especially among people who have not received revaccination against this disease.
Christian Diaz VelezDirector General of the Office of Strategic Public Health Interventions of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), warns that the combination of the fast transfer option Eris and not being vaccinated is a significant risk.
As he cautioned, EG.5 is actually a line within the omicron variant and does not have significant clinical differences compared to previous variants. However, its distinguishing feature lies in its increased ability to spread between people, which can lead to a rapid increase in the number of cases.
This situation becomes even more worrisome when you consider that people at risk who are not vaccinated may face a greater likelihood of developing more severe cases in the coming days.
During an interview with TVPerú Noticias, Díaz Vélez emphasized the importance of reusing masks in case of flu symptoms. This measure can help prevent an increase in the spread of COVID-19.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Health also noted that the country is likely to have more cases of the Eris variant, as the two confirmed cases have so far failed to identify a specific contact with the infection.
Despite this, it is reassuring that both cases are mild, due to the fact that both individuals have completed their vaccination schedule, including the first dose and booster. Therefore, he emphasized the importance of vaccination, especially for the elderly and vulnerable groups with diseases such as asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or immunosuppression.
What are the symptoms of the Eris variant?
Variants of symptoms Eris They resemble the symptoms of a common cold or flu, including fever, muscle aches, and general malaise, which get worse over time.
Loss of taste is also reported to a lesser extent, and episodes of diarrhea may occur in some cases, Díaz Vélez said.
When can I get the bivalent vaccine?
Vaccines are available from 6 months of age, although currently the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Essalud and Armed Forces hospitals are giving priority to vaccinating the elderly as this group is at higher risk of more serious illnesses. diseases.
For the elderly and people at risk, a booster vaccination after four months is recommended.
However, it is important to note that adults and young people who have not yet completed their vaccination schedule should receive a booster dose with a bivalent vaccine to ensure their protection.
Cristian Diaz Vélez stressed that the bivalent vaccines have not yet expired and none of them have expired. Therefore, he encourages the population to apply to the vaccination centers available in all regions of the country.
In fact, on Sunday, September 3rd, a greater influx of people was observed at the Minsa vaccination center, located on Campo de Marte, in Jesus Maria.
Those present are fully aware of the importance of obtaining a bivalent dose for immunization.