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  1. Here is an update on the latest outcome of CV in Sweden, not the rosy scenario some believe it was (BTW all major subscription outlets offer free coverage of CV news around the world): https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/did-sweden-make-the-right-call-on-limiting-its-lockdown/2020/05/18/7ac732ac-96d9-11ea-91d7-cf4423d47683_story.html
  2. I received the same message from a very credible friend. I don't think this is "fake" news, it's just to get the news out faster than a media outlet would be able to. i'm not happy about having the hordes from GDL here, especially when so many aren't wearing masks these days, let alone socially isolating. When you relax the regs just a little, people start slacking off putting all of us in danger because CV is very highly contagious. One case can spread to many even before they know they are sick. There are many who are (willfully) ignorant of what can happen when it takes hold in your community because many eschew real news. If you or anyone in your household gets the virus then you have to quarantine which is when everyone in the house has to stay inside all the time, masks must be worn in the house all the time, all surfaces near the infected person must be cleaned all the time, the infected person needs their own separate room with no contact with anyone in the house, and supplies have to be brought in by an outside person and left at your door. In the often crowded Mexican households, these measures will be very hard to take, making the spread of CV even more likely than usual. I followed the news from Italy from the get-go because I had been planning a trip there. Their situation mushroomed exponentially. I was shocked reading about it getting so much worse - 20% more deaths every single day. I read stories from Italians living in the affected area who spoke fluent English, and have seen videos of Italians walking through their local hospital while narrating in English. It was shocking. The hospitals were so crowded that the waiting rooms on the first floor were not only crowded with beds and stretchers, but many patients were actually lying on the floor waiting to be seen. Churches were empty of people but full of coffins. The dead bodies were piling up so fast in the hospitals that the morgues were also filled and huge freezer trucks had to be called in just to store the dead bodies until burial without any funeral or ceremony. (And Americans worry about not going to a normal church service???) Similar situation in NYC where freezer trucks were brought in to store dead bodies - one had a freezer malfunction and the truck sat in some neighborhood until the stench of rotting bodies alerted the neighbors to the horror. Mass graves have been dug in an isolated park on an island near NYC filled up with stacks and rows of coffins. Mass burials in Brazil as well. The message from the Italians was that this is worse than you imagine and you must take all precautions so it doesn't happen to you. I will take their first hand word for that. These situations went on for around 2 months before the death rate even began to plateau. That's a good sign but it does not mean we are out of the woods! CV is far worse than the ordinary flu, contrary to the party line. And it could happen to YOU! Opening things up too early with too few limitations puts everyone in danger of the second wave of CV which experts are expecting later on. Better to be safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Hindsight is cheap. Foresight is golden. Stay safe and be well.
  3. I strongly sense that those who favor The Economy over Saving Lives simply are not well informed of the realities of the situation. It's so easy to imagine "it can't happen here, or to me." Yes, people are suffering economically, but they will be suffering much more with death spreading all around them as will happen without the precautions. In the first world countries, the government helps the people, least of all in the US. Low government as we have here in MX is a sign of a 3rd world country without a decent standard of living for everyone. We gringos are the rich ones here and we are obligated to help financially, but more on that in another thread. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-brazil-killing-young-developing-world/2020/05/22/f76d83e8-99e9-11ea-ad79-eef7cd734641_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most CV deaths keep going up in MX; Jalisco still on the low side, roughly equal to Yucatan and only slightly more than Guanajuato or Oaxaca - states with far smaller populations. We are doing well here because of the strict precautions of Alfaro who has stated he is following the guidance of the U de G. Good for him and us. This is no time to slack off. I hope Moy keeps the safety blockades up. Everyone I have talked to around here supports them. https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-deaths-hit-new-daily-record-of-479/ The issue is not staying in or going out. It is what has to be done to keep the hospitals able to function. Remember, if they are packed with CV patients, a tragedy in itself, they can't care for "normal" medical emergencies. Hospitals are on the brink of collapse in Acapulco: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/acapulco-hospitals-on-point-of-collapse-mayor/ Here is how local people in Yucatan are handling the crisis: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/in-200-communities-no-one-comes-or-goes/ San Miguel is also planning to put up blockades to outsiders as they begin to reopen some businesses with strict limitations and for locals only. The Cancun area as well as Los Cabos have postponed their openings indefinitely until strict certification of sanitation can be accomplished to benefit both the workers and the travelers who will be quite concerned about travel safety.
  4. It's OK to go outside to walk around in the streets - you just can't hang around and congregate with people. You have to keep your distance if you stop to talk to someone. Obviously, people would tend to congregate at the Malecon or other parks. I take the scenic routes when I go out for errands.
  5. I was there Monday and asked the security guard outside why it was closed. He said it was because of CV. Hmm... I paid my previous bill there only 2-3 weeks ago. He also said many Telmex offices are closed (??) but that you could pay at Oxxo. So I went over there and it is certainly no safer for the customer - people standing too close together, employee's mask slipping off her face... The Telmex office hasn't been crowded for years, there is plenty of space inside so WTF? I wonder if someone there tested positive for CV and maybe they had to do a very thorough cleaning. Who knows? Sounds fishy to me.
  6. Please note that Jalisco has roughly the same amount of deaths as Yucatan, Guanajuato, and Oaxaca, states I dearly love and would like to revisit. That is in spite of the fact that Jalisco has a far greater population, with 2 major metropolises than any of these states with much lower populations. Quintana Roo - Cancun - has more than double the number of deaths of Jalisco with 1 large metro area, but with lots of foreign tourists. Again, I say kudos to Alfaro and Moy Anaya for keeping us relatively safe here at lakeside. Which is not to recommend getting complacent. https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-case-numbers-continue-rising/
  7. I don't have any inside info but I suspect the parks and other public outdoor spaces such as malecons will be closed for a while simply because that is where crowds of people collect, and that is what still has to be avoided. However, you can still take walks around town or whatever, you don't need to be indoors all day. Just keep your mask on and don't congregate or get closer than 6' to anyone. Better to be 6' apart than 6' under!
  8. I read scores of news articles every day from the USA, Mexico, and around the world via news.google.com to get the broadest information and perspective available, especially as CV is a worldwide problem. It's smart to look at the countries who have already been down the worst roads before CV hit so hard in the USA so we could plan accordingly. Here is an update on what they have learned in Spain: https://www.vox.com/2020/5/16/21259492/covid-antibodies-spain-serology-study-coronavirus-immunity About those other "prophecies" which didn't come true, some of those were simply dumb rumors started by people who like to appear smarter than they really are, as if they have some real inside info - like the conspiracy theorists. The 1999 Y2K "scare" was no joke. It was based on the fact that nearly all computer systems and programs (which were work and business oriented before computers became toys for kids) had time/date info deeply embedded into nearly all their programs. Having been recently developed in a fast changing environment in the 80s and 90s, no one thought anything of formatting dates as mm/dd/yy . However, the brighter bulbs, looking forward to the future, were genuinely concerned about what would happen when the yy of 99 would roll over to 00. "0" could have a lot of meaning in older computer programming. Seriously no one knew what would happen. Would the computer systems crash? Keep in mind that business systems were still new and nearly all businesses made some use of time/date but especially accounting systems, airlines, bus lines, trucking companies - which haul most of the consumer goods in the country. It was thought possible that if all these systems crashed on the same day -New Year's Day - that there could be a lot of resulting chaos. Not paranoia, a reality based fear. The brighter bulbs fixed most of this before it happened, hence, there was no big Y2K crash. That is why we need to heed the advice of the forward looking people, not those who cling to the past in all matters. I'm deeply into multi-dimensional Mayan Cosmology, the most important thing I have encountered while living in Mexico. The Maya NEVER said the world was going to end in 2012. That was just stupid fear mongering to create paranoia and make a blockbuster movie playing on those fears. Others poo-poohed the whole thing. The Mayan truth, which they have known for thousands of years, was that on Dec. 21, 2012, there were very strong and rare planetary and galactic alignments which greatly affected Planet Earth. That day was the end of a 5, 125 year old calendar, but also the beginning of a new one. We are moving into a new era of higher consciousness on this planet, although it doesn't look that way now. These changes do not happen overnight, the human race couldn't absorb that. Change takes time, but that is exactly why there is so much chaos in the world right now. It us up to us humans to create a better world for ourselves as the old tired dense energy dies off or is destroyed. It is both an individual and collective effort. BTW, the Maya also knew that 2012 was also the end of a 10,000 yr. and a 26,000 yr. cycle at the same time. 3 Major intergalactic cycles. How did they know all that? Stargazing? I'll leave that up to you to ponder.
  9. As the debate continues about opening early to save the economy or maintain the current and necessary precautions, it seems to me that those who favor "the economy" over saving human lives simply are not well informed about the realities of the scourge of CV. Many still underestimate its effects on the population. This article details what is happening in many other Latin American countries who are faring worse than Mexico or the USA and Canada. There was only this significant little blurb about Mexico: The Mexican government has not reported hundreds, possibly thousands, of deaths from the coronavirus in Mexico City, obscuring the toll of the epidemic, according to officials and confidential data. It has also been said that death counts in the USA are misleadingly low because many die at home and are not officially counted as CV deaths. Plus, there is not enough testing done to get really accurate figures on cases or deaths. A few desire to keep those public numbers low to maintain a false optimism among the uninformed. False optimism in the face of a very real, present, and direct danger is not a smart or strong idea. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/world/americas/latin-america-virus-death.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200513&instance_id=18435&nl=the-morning&regi_id=85667178&segment_id=27511&te=1&user_id=8b0665ef83ad5a6d3485a5973831778c&fbclid=IwAR3-RTGZRJ5qBLn7Fm2vwsXk2XmHiW_kJhxfF7BMD_JOata9ekOdn68EwLQ
  10. MC, this info is brand new, it hasn't been diced or sliced yet. Take it for what it is worth. It is straight from the doctors on the scene. OK, here is some specific Mexico News for perspective - at least on how the state government is handling it. Look at the MX map in the article, which gives state total deaths for MX. Note that Jalisco now has ONLY 52 deaths, very close to the totals for Yucatan, Guanajuato, and Oaxaca, states I dearly love. But Jalisco, with 2 major metropolitan areas has a far larger population! So, we are doing very well here, TX to Gob. Alfaro and Moy. Stricter measures do work! Quintana Roo, with one major metro area - Cancun - has triple the death rate of Jalisco with Puerto Vallarta not to mention GDL. https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/flu-season-could-bring-new-challenge/
  11. As businesses all over the world are contemplating or actually reopening during an ongoing viral pandemic, many people have let down their guards hoping it is all over with, and imagining we can all just get back to normal. Some have stupidly played down the severity of the CV virus. Here is a bit of the latest info on CV. We are all in uncharted territory with this disease, and the highest cautions must be observed until the overall situation is actually safe, not safe only in your dreams. Kudos to Gov. Alfaro of Jalisco and Moy Anaya of Chapala for implementing strict precautions and blockades to help keep our area safe. Doctors keep discovering new ways the virus attacks the body. “Often it attacks the lungs, but it can also strike anywhere from the brain to the toes. Many doctors are focused on treating the inflammatory reactions it triggers and its capacity to cause blood clots, even as they struggle to help patients breathe,” Lenny Bernstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha report. “More than four months of clinical experience across Asia, Europe and North America has shown the pathogen does much more than invade the lungs. ‘No one was expecting a disease that would not fit the pattern of pneumonia and respiratory illness,’ said David Reich, a cardiac anesthesiologist and president of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. It attacks the heart, weakening its muscles and disrupting its critical rhythm. It savages kidneys so badly some hospitals have run short of dialysis equipment. It crawls along the nervous system, destroying taste and smell and occasionally reaching the brain. It creates blood clots that can kill with sudden efficiency and inflames blood vessels throughout the body. … “Many scientists have come to believe that much of the disease’s devastation comes from two intertwined causes. The first is the harm the virus wreaks on blood vessels, leading to clots that can range from microscopic to sizable. Patients have suffered strokes and pulmonary emboli as clots break loose and travel to the brain and lungs. … The second is an exaggerated response from the body’s own immune system, a storm of killer ‘cytokines’ that attack the body’s own cells along with the virus as it seeks to defend the body from an invader. … Inflammation of those endothelial cells lining blood vessels may help explain why the virus harms so many parts of the body, said Mandeep Mehra, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School … That means defeating covid-19 will require more than antiviral therapy, he said. ‘What this virus does is it starts as a viral infection and becomes a more global disturbance to the immune system and blood vessels — and what kills is exactly that,’ Mehra said. ‘Our hypothesis is that covid-19 begins as a respiratory virus and kills as a cardiovascular virus.’”
  12. I've seen varying degrees of compliance with the regs around town and in grocery stores. Sometimes better, sometimes not, I guess it depends on who is the boss at the moment. They should be complying with ALL the regs ALL the time. As various locations around the world start to open their businesses again, even countries that had an excellent track record of dealing with CV so far, people start slacking off and in most cases I've read about - when they open prematurely, which it is everywhere, there has been an immediate rise in cases and deaths of CV. This CV issue is not going to go away any time soon. People need to get used it and realize that they are risking lives by slacking off the compliance. They can reopen businesses but few people will show up for business when it's so obvious that they are not yet ready. We have to have much more testing - like they have every day in the WH - where recent cases have been found. Of course, the rest of the richest country in the world can't manage to do that. So, cuidanse muy bien!
  13. May 3, Dia de la Cruz, is also the patron saint day of the abinilies or construction workers. The tradition is that construction workers stop work early and have a big party at their construction site, build a festooned cross on the roof of the building and offer up gifts of cold beer, and food that is paid for by the owner of the site. They have a friendly contest to see who can shoot of the longest and loudest cohetes. this has nothing to do with Tapatios! On a Sunday, during a pandemic shut down, the celebration has been quite subdued even for a usually big holiday weekend. The other part of Dia de la Cruz is an old pre-hispanic tradition of people building altars with lots of colorful decorations outside their houses. They put out supplies of fruits, other food, and/or staple items that other people can come by to pick up as long as they also put food out at their house. It's a way of sharing and binding community. The public part of this tradition was stopped this year because of CV. I hope we do not see hoards of folks from GDL, which has a lot of cases of CV, but, for the population, not bad numbers in Mexico. Yucatan, with a much smaller population, has almost the same numbers for cases and deaths as Jalisco with 2 major metropolitan areas. Kudos to Alfaro and Moy Anaya for keeping us safe here, hope AMLO doesn't mess it up by having too many people come back to work and church too soon (sound familiar?) That could severely backfire. This situation could linger for a while.
  14. I just found out today when i tried to shop there Anyone know anything about this? Went to Pancho's instead where they had numerous employees stocking the shelves with new merchandise.
  15. Does Dr. Gonzalez, Sr. - the ortho surgeon, still have office hours on Fridays? He did my emergency hip replacement almost 12 years ago and I need to check in with him every so often, haven't done it in a few years, haven't had any problems.
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