Since infections increased due to the new strain of covid-19, Omicron, and the new guidelines given by the national government to prevent infections from continuing to increase, citizens have complied with the rules and have controlled the symptoms of the disease with anti-flu, which has increased their sale. This situation is already having consequences in different cities of the country.
Armenía, the capital of Quindio, has already confirmed that due to the rise in viral conditions associated with common flu and Omicron, there is a great shortage of these products. People have approached the different pharmacies in the city with symptoms such as general malaise, body pain, nasal congestion, headache, cough and sore throat, among others, which has increased the sale of medications to control these discomforts, however, there are no longer enough for all persons.
The employees and owners of the city’s pharmacies stated that they are very concerned about this situation since several of the laboratories that make these products have not sent more batches of them.
“The increase in customers who buy anti-flu is considerable, in addition, antibiotics are also being sold a lot for the problem of these flu that are giving,” the worker, Jimmy Romero, told RCN Radio.
As they explained, 7 out of 10 people who come to the premises come to look for medicines to control the flu. In fact, they say that in the last two weeks they have had a 200% demand compared to previous months. “There is a very rapid shortage of anti-flu, decongestants, cough syrups and anti-diarrheals, in addition, most of the people who arrive at drugstores arrive with these symptoms,” Edwin Luna, one of the pharmacy vendors, told RCN Radio.
The symptoms when covid-19 is taking place can be noticeably modified from one person to another. Although it is true that different studies have shown that the illness caused by the Omicron variant is usually milder than that caused by the Delta variant, and some people have no symptoms or only a brief cold, in some cases it can cause serious illness, especially all in people who are not yet vaccinated.
After Ómicron, new variants will come but less aggressive and with less impact on hospitals because “that is the logical evolution of any virus”. This is predicted by the president of the Spanish Society of Immunology (SEI), Marcos López Hoyos, who foresees “more infection but less disease” by 2022.
The Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported that for Sunday, January 16, 2022, 32,317 new cases of covid-19 in Colombia. In the last 24 hours 82,634 tests were processed of which 35,396 are PCR and 47,238 antigens.
The report also indicates that 136 Colombians died from the disease in the last day. In this way, the country reaches a total of 130,996 deaths due to the virus since the start of the pandemic. By conglomerating all the figures, Colombia reached a total of 5,543,796 infections, of which 173,106 are active cases and 5,220,543 correspond to positive cases that have already managed to overcome the disease.
As for the regions with the most reported cases, Bogotá leads with 8,390 infected, followed by Valle del Cauca with 3,726 infections and Antioquia in third place with 2,844 cases.