Coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire just across the border in Mexico. Lives are being lost to both the virus itself and increased criminal activity. Murder rates just across the border are at record high levels, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security and officials with the Mexican government.
“This is a dynamic region that is medically underserved with professional health shortages that serves a population that has pressing health and social conditions, higher uninsured rates, high rates of migration, inequitable health conditions and a high rate of poverty,” Department of Homeland Security, HHS Commission
Dr. Filipe Chavez says that the ventilators are all going to the private hospitals in Mexico and that the most critical patients are not getting the medical equipment that they need. Dr. Chavez also notes how what supplies that are available for public health use are going to hospitals in places like Mexico City, where they are not accepting transferred patients.
The CBP estimates that an estimated 1.5 million Americans live in Mexico. Most of them are retirees and can often afford to return to the States to seek medical attention. They also travel back and forth visiting families and conducting business. Customs and Border Protection officials are becoming increasingly worried that this population is bringing coronavirus into the USA.
Matt Pierce Briscoe for the Southside Light News in Corpus Christi, Texas.