COVID: IMSS asks to avoid gatherings to eat tamales on Candelaria day


As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the country, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) called the population to avoid meetings in spaces such as work or home on February 2, Candlemas day.

In the event that celebrations are held, the Institute recommended maintaining sanitary measures of healthy distance, use of face masks and hand hygiene even if they are vaccinated, said Dr. Diego Salomón Balcón Caro, coordinator of Medical Nutrition Programs in the Health Promotion Division.

“We must not forget that being vaccinated does not mean that we are not going to get infected, but rather that the vaccine protects us from serious forms of the disease, in such a way that infections can continue if we lower our guard and cause the pandemic to continue expanding,” he said.

He pointed out that Mexico has a culture deeply rooted in celebrations, but recalled that currently the highly contagious Omicron variant circulates and that there are people who, even if they are asymptomatic, can infect others.

“Try that the people you are meeting with are the ones you usually live with; try to keep the area where they meet ventilated to avoid crowds in closed places; and maintain the use of face masks at least while you are not consuming food,” he stressed.

In addition, he recommended do not exceed the intake of tamales or food during the meeting, reduce the portion to be consumed, and replace the atole with a cup of coffee without sugar, in order to avoid the entry of extra kilocalories into the body.

“If we consume a Tamale with a cup of atole, we would be talking between 900 and 1,100 kilocalorías. In order for our body to spend energy equivalent to what we have just consumed, we would have to run a distance of approximately 15 kilometers at a speed of seven kilometers per hour, more or less it would be a race of more than two hours to be able to make our body will spend this energy.

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