Representatives of the American health organization PAHO conducted a study on the spread of several types of viruses around the world.
According to US scientists, the new coronavirus will indirectly facilitate the spread of other viruses, at least as dangerous as this one.
The main risk factors are delayed vaccinations and a lack of focus on non-Covid-19 epidemics, according to US researchers.
Beware of polio! Researchers are already on standby
Among the viruses that have caught the attention of researchers is the one that causes polio.
The American Health Organization, PAHO, recommends careful monitoring of polio vaccination status to prevent a possible epidemic.
“Even though we have had polio in the past, if we allow the vaccination rate to drop to too low, we risk seeing the community spread the virus again,” said Carisa Etienne, director of PAHO.
“Therefore, it is more important than ever to do everything we can to support the elimination of polio in our region, while waiting for other countries in the world to achieve the same goal,” he said. added.
The coronavirus pandemic should not distract us from the danger of other viruses
“The pandemic has put pressure on medical systems and revealed gaps, but also tools that can be considered in the fight against the new coronavirus. Vaccination and epidemiological surveillance systems are now public knowledge, and information about antiviral vaccination has reached many people.
“During a pandemic, we have to put in a lot more effort and work hard not to lose everything we have built over time,” said Kuachtemok Ruiz Matus, head of the PAHO immunization program.
According to PAHO reports, in the United States, polio vaccination has affected 85-87% of the US population in the last three years.
In 2020, the rate may be lower “due to the cessation of primary health care activities caused by the KOVID-19 pandemic”.
The polio virus was once extremely prevalent. Especially in young children, it can damage nerves, weaken muscles, and even cause paralysis.
There is no cure for polio, but vaccination has been shown to be effective in preventing the disease.