Mexico has passed the 15,000 positive corona virus threshold in a pandemic that has already caused at least 1,434 deaths in that country. The government has warned of possible counterproductive effects of using the mask and neglecting other preventive measures.
Epidemiology Director General José Luis Alomía has updated the case balance to confirm 15,529 coronavirus cases, of which approximately 5,000 have been active in the past two weeks, according to the Milenio newspaper.
Vice Minister for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López Gatell, said at a press conference that using the mask was not the most effective way to fight the coronavirus, like others, such as washing hands, keeping a distance or staying at home.
“It’s not wrong to wear a face mask, it doesn’t hurt, but there is a phenomenon called risk compensation that can make people feel protected and draw their attention to other more effective health protection measures,” warned.
López Gatell alluded to a report from the Institute of Public Health that the use of masks would only reduce the risk of infection by 20 percent if 10 to 50 percent of the population used them correctly. The Vice Minister has pointed out that part of the population is not using it properly.