In recent days, the Special Commission for Emergency Attention by COVID-19, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) called on the population to have the complete schedule of vaccines, including pneumococcus.
The agency indicated that, during November and December 2022, in Mexico there was a increase in the number of cases of respiratory infections in general, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia, for which he called to continue with the general recommendations to avoid infection.
“The sixth Pandemic wave of COVID-19 has followed a behavior similar to that of the two previous waves caused by the same Omicron variant, but with less intensity: the majority of confirmed cases are ambulatory and the proportion of cases requiring hospitalization is very high. low, as well as the number of deaths from COVID-19,” the UNAM Commission said in a statement.
What does pneumococcus have to do with COVID?
Unlike pneumococcus, which is a bacterial infection caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae, the COVID is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2; Nevertheless, both attack the lungs.
For this reason, the Special Commission for Emergency Care for COVID-19 called for the pneumococcal and influenza vaccine to be applied, given the increase in the number of cases of respiratory infections in general, during the winter season.
What are the symptoms of pneumococcus?
Pneumococcal infections increase in the winter season and, according to the Ministry of Health, the symptoms are as follows:
- Shaking chills.
- Chest pain, cough and phlegm, which develop between one and three days after coming into contact with the bacteria.
What diseases does pneumococcus cause?
Although the Ministry of Health points out that infections are normally mild, in some cases, the bacteria can unleash the following diseases: