Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2020. 8:41 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mexico have exceeded 1 million, with the number of deaths headed towards 100,000 according to Worldometer. An article published this week by the Associated Press (AP), places the blame for the level of infections in Mexico on a refusal to adhere to scientifically proven guidelines such as mask-wearing and social distancing.
The AP notes that a major problem with getting Mexicans to buy into the safety protocols comes from the country’s leadership, as President Andres Manuel López Obrador never wears a mask. Mexican authorities do not mandate mask-wearing the way other countries have done and do not promote it like in other countries that have had greater success with keeping the virus under control. Mexican health authorities reportedly only test seriously ill persons for COVID-19, which makes contact tracing more difficult.
The end result is a total infection count of 1,003,253 and 98,259 deaths. The AP notes that the Mexican government has promised to provide hospital beds for those who need it, but that many are scared to go to the hospital as a third of the patients that become intubated eventually die.
The AP’s article included an interview with Lorena Salas, a Mexico City Human Resources Manager who said that a large part of the problem is that the people do not seem to care about the risks involved when going about their daily lives.
The AP quotes Salas as saying, “I see a lot of apathy, a lot of people being irresponsible, not giving a damn or not believing the disease is real. People still think it is something invented by the government…It is something that people have to realize does exist, it is real.”
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