The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reappeared at his daily press conference this Monday after being infected with COVID-19 for the second time and asked the population not to be afraid of the Omicron variant of SARS to “frighten” CoV-2.
“Like every Monday we start this conference, we are out of contagion, things have been going well for us,” López Obrador hinted at the beginning of his speech, where he emphasized that it was “proven” that the Omicron variant “is not present” is the same severity (. ..) as the delta in symptoms and also in recovery time”.
“It’s good so we’re not scared,” he continued, although he has urged the population to take care of themselves and avoid contagion as the Omicron variant is more easily transmitted. “Contagions are increasing rapidly in the country,” he acknowledged, but focused on the fact that “hospitalizations and especially deaths” are not increasing at the same rate.
In this context, he pointed out that “what also helps a lot is the vaccine”. “Vaccinate us, don’t stop using the booster shot, also because we play it safe with it, with the booster shot the symptoms are fewer and we don’t get worse,” he stressed.
On the other hand, he thanked the people and leaders of other countries for being aware of his health, noting that “love is paid for with love.”
The Mexican government announced last Wednesday that López Obrador could return to personally carry out his duties on Monday, while reassuring that the president’s health was “optimal”.
López Obrador announced Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, for which he is isolating. Hours earlier, already hoarse, he’d been convinced he had the flu. He suffered from the disease in late January last year.