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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, October 15, 2020, 14:36 (10 days ago) @ bouldergene

The Forbes article was written on Sept. 3. The author seemingly thinks ventilators are the holy grail in treating Covid patients. It has been know since early April that ventilator use in treating Covid patients is a mixed blessing. I believe ventilator treatment is now a last resort in treating patients. I do agree that Mexico's death rate is too high (that's why I am siting home in Boulder right now instead of in Ixtapa), but it is not due to lack of ventilators or ventilator treatment.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/02/826105278/ventilators-are-no-panacea-for-critically-ill-covid-19-patients

https://www.propublica.org/article/ventilators-arent-going-to-cure-covid-19-heres-what-they-can-do

Mexico's "death rate" appears high because of the infrequency of testing and the fact that Mexico has the highest incidence in America of diabetics, who along with people with hypertension, have been the hardest hit sector of the population. Unlike most of you who could shelter in place and wear masks and wash your hands with gel or soap and water, many poorer Mexicans never had the luxury of staying home or buying facemasks or gel, and they often don't even have running water in their homes. They've had to continue working, living day by day, trying to sell their wares in places where people congregate the most such as markets and places of public transportation. The overall curve of deaths has been dropping since July. I think Mexico is doing very well. Currently much of Guerrero including Zihuatanejo, Petatlán and La Unión (where Troncones is located) is also doing well. Numbers are going down.


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