Traveling to troncones

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:29 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRx

Rob, I totally agree with you that the reason Canadian Prime Minister didn't go is that he doesn't like Trump and is scared and intimidated by Trump. Which I guess is fine if you are a 12 year old. I don't buy the reason he is just trying to set a good example or he would not have been out with all the protesters (not social distancing) about a month or so ago. I guess right now the Unethical Mr. Trudeau has other things on his mind. As far as Covid goes I think I agree with the rest of the board until they throw in the US. I am not sure why Florida keeps getting mentioned as being in the worst position when it is obviously New York. I believe they have similar populations, but New York's death toll is over 30,000 while Florida's is around 5,000. As far as Mexico handling the virus it obviously isn't going well. On June 18th Mexico had around 15 deaths per 100,000 and the US had 36 (diff of 21). On July 26th Mexico had about 34 deaths per 100,000 and the US 45 (diff of 11). Even with these stats I agree with you that people have to get back to work. I suggest that most people who think we should just "stay put" are probably government workers. It's small business that makes North America tick, not governments. There is my two cents, now let it fly....Hope everyone has a great day. We are the lake it's going to the low 30's so it's going to be a great day. Looking forward to being back in Zihua in November/December.

The stats per 100,000 are mostly useless. Compared to who where? We are not doing random testing in Mexico, so that measuring stick isn't accurate for Mexico.

Mexico's immediate goal is to lower the rate of transfer or transmission between people to a number below 1.0. That's what's being done. Amazingly, even with a small resurgence, the Valle de México, o sea, the metropolitan area that contains about 24 million Mexicans, has flattened their curve and is on the downslide, or at least that's what I saw a few days ago on one of the briefings. The nation also appears to be doing similarly, but we'll know better in the coming weeks.

More aggressive testing is being done in areas like Zihuatanejo where the curve is rising, and surprisingly the most cases were detected recently in Ixtapa, not Zihuatanejo. Though the hillside colonias are certainly likely to have a problem, too. But the recent testing only confirmed suspicions. It didn't increase the death rate or the hospitalizations. So lots of stats quickly become obsolete and rather useless, which is why I keep saying to be careful that we aren't letting virus-mania carry us away so that we don't continue drowning in a glass of water and not appreciate the bigger picture which is the important one. Though Mexico isn't following protocols and modelling used by the USA or other nations, we are dealing with our unique circumstances quite well. Look how long it took Mexico after its first contagion to reach a point most better developed nations reached in much less time regarding the spread of the virus. That was the original goal, to allow our extremely poorly equipped public hospitals and clinics to have time to get prepared. Currently Zihuatanejo's hospitals are not overrun, and there are currently ventilators to spare.

And I think you miss the point about New York and Florida. New York has its problem quite clearly under control. It isn't a matter of total deaths. It's a matter of daily contagions. The rate of transfer is extremely high in Florida, among the highest anywhere in the world. Governor Mini-Chump is pandering to the Covidiots who apparently make up much of The Chump's base.


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