Mexico “is one step ahead” to confront COVID-19 compared to other European countries, by trying to make the infection curve “flatter over a longer period,” and has taken the correct measures to do so, he said Tuesday. Cristian Morales, representative in this North American country of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“I think we are one step ahead taking up this experience that comes from countries where this disease has already passed,” said the expert in an interview published by the WHO.
The international official praised the way in which Mexico has staged the scenarios of the pandemic, while affirming that “they are on the right path.”
Just this Tuesday, the Mexican government declared phase 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic, when there is community transmission, and predicted that the outbreak will spread slowly, allowing it to be assumed by the national health system.
He stressed that, when compared to what other countries such as Italy, Spain, France and Germany, which are experiencing very complex situations, have done, Mexico is benefiting from those experiences and has even taken measures prior to phase two.
Despite criticism from the Mexican government of those who consider that it has acted late in the face of the contingency, Morales pointed out that in other countries social distancing measures are taken when “we have already had three or four times more cases than there had been until today in Mexico. “
Therefore, he congratulated the governments of the states of Mexico that, since before phase 2 was declared, they had already positioned themselves “very clearly and explicitly” to reduce this contagion from person to person, taking measures such as the closure of public spaces and cancellation of classes.
He assured that in Mexico all suspicious cases are being covered and that this country “has been totally consistent” with the call of the WHO Director-General to test 100% of the suspected cases and their contacts.
However, he said that in this phase 2 this will have to change, since now he will have to apply the test to anyone who presents a symptom related to COVID-19 and who has been in an area where there is community transmission.
He also pointed out that in order to face this situation, the resources they financed “should flow without restriction from the so-called austerity policy.”
Morales accepted that in Mexico 6% of those infected are expected to require specialized care “although it could be a little more” due to the “very high” rate of type 2 diabetes and obesity among the population.
The latter, he said, is associated with hypertension, respiratory problems and various types of cancer, which makes Mexicans a population “that is more at risk.”
The WHO representative represented that Mexico will succeed in “flattening and prolonging the infection curve”, but predicted that this situation will continue, at least, until next July or August.