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More than 100,000 dead … and in Mexico there are still people who do not believe in COVID-19

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Mexico has already exceeded the 100,000 death toll from COVID-19. It was last Thursday, November 19, when the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, announced that in Mexico there were already some 100,104 deaths for coronavirus, as well as 1,019,543 accumulated infections.

And even so, measures such as confinement, face masks and social distancing, widespread practices in countries of the region, continue to be applied in a very uneven way in Mexico, where part of the citizenry remains skeptical of the coronavirus.

One of the factors that has caused these high figures is the distrust of Mexicans to scientific information because, Despite the severity with which the disease has attacked a portion of the population, another portion still does not recognize the existence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“We must recognize that in a society like that of Mexico there is no scientific training from an early age,” he said in an interview with the agency. Efe the researcher Rodrigo Martínez, from the Department of Communication Sciences of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM).

(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)
(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)

“If we look at it rigorously, our basic education, and even at the upper secondary level, lacks scientific training,” he added.

An example is a study by the Royal Society Open Science of Great Britain, which indicated a month ago that 33% of Mexicans consider it “very feasible” that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and “do not believe ”That has arisen naturally.

For Martínez, a type of education prevails in Mexico that mixes family traditions, daily mentality and a training, even religious, that tends to conservatism. ”Therefore, when there are phenomena that we cannot understand well, the safest thing is to bet for disbelieving or denying them because we are not used to the language of science ”, he pointed out.

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Due to this lack of scientific education or approach to dissemination, “there is a lack of knowledge of how science works and how to see it in everyday life,” he explained. “Many people disbelieve this (COVID-19) and in many cases they get fed up with the fact that there is no immediate solution or a universal response that allows them to control the uncertainty that this pandemic has caused,” he said.

(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)
(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)

In addition, he noted that Mexican society has a mentality that “tends to relate any inexplicable or uncertain phenomenon with pre-established beliefs. That sector that does not believe is more willing to accept their own convictions, beliefs and explanations, “he observed.

In mid-July, a newspaper poll The financial revealed that in Mexico, despite the numbers of deaths and infections, 9% of Mexicans denied the existence of the coronavirus, while another 5% had no opinion. According to the study, those who most questioned the existence of the virus were young people between 18 and 29 years old.

But believe it or not, the virus continues to advance and claim lives in Mexico. And everything looks like if it continues as before, the scenario may become even more castrophic.

Dr. Laurie Ann Ximénez-Fyvie commented precisely on Infobae that there are still actions that could make a big difference in the tragedy that is predicted in the future.

(Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido)
(Photo: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido)

One of them is that each person raise awareness and reaffirm their care to avoid catching (and spreading) the coronavirus. But how?:

Become aware of the importance of preventing contagion; putting on face masks, avoiding crowds, ventilating spaces, keeping distance.

Autovigilar your temperature, your heart rate, your oximetry and, in the event of any alarm symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

If a person is infected, inform everyone with whom you had contact that it is infected, in order to cut – at least – its own chain of transmission.

He also insisted that it is of vital importance increase the number of tests to try to detect the most cases, especially to asymptomatic: “The more asymptomatic you detect, the better you can stop the infections. They are the ones who spread the virus the most because they don’t know they are infected.

(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)
(Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Jasso)

Y early medical care, another of the aspects that the expert emphasizes the most – who is leading an initiative focused on providing this type of treatment and advice to patients with COVID-19 for free – stressing that it can make the big difference between life and death.

For this, he explains, it is necessary for people to go to the doctor immediately if they feel any symptoms of Covid. And on the part of hospitals, he stressed, patients should be cared for when they still have mild, treatable symptoms. That is, long before they need to be intubated.


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