Updated 1/6/2021 – Expat living with the coronavirus in Mexico is probably very similar to living with the coronavirus in any other part of the world. Some people are careful not to spread the disease, some people don’t care whether they spread it or not, and some people still don’t believe it’s real.
The coronavirus, or Covid-19, has swept the world including the country of Mexico. Vaccines are rolling out across the globe but so are new strains of the coronavirus, some more contagious than the original. Millions of vaccines, from several pharmaceutical companies, have been ordered to battle the coronavirus in Mexico. Here is the Mexican government’s current schedule for vaccinations:
- Medical workers on the first line of combat vaccinated by February 2021
- Remaining medical workers and persons over age 60 vaccinated by April 2021
- Persons from age 50-59 vaccinated by May 2021
- Persons from age 40-49 vaccinated by June 2021
- And the rest of the population vaccinated by March 2022
How is Mexico Coping? The Good.
The government has set guidelines for the coronavirus in Mexico. In many places, you can see precautions being taken and they are much appreciated. Some of these precautions include:
- Face masks are required when interacting with people outside your home.
- Everyone is in quarantine, so unless you have a good reason to leave your home, don’t. Stay home.
- Those over age 60 have their own shopping hour, early in the morning when few people are out and about.
- Grocery stores and retail stores are limiting entrance to one family member and no children.
- Shopping carts are being disinfected at all the big stores, like Sams, Walmart, and Home Depot.
- Hand gel is required before entering many places and even before using some atm machines.
- A few places even have a sanitizing solution for you to wipe your feet at the front door.
- There is a two-meter distance rule between all persons.
- Social interactions like kissing, hugging, or shaking hands are not permitted.
How is Mexico Coping? The Bad.
The stores I mentioned above as well as a few local businesses are the only places that seem safe with the coronavirus in Mexico. I say “seem safe” because I really don’t know. I can only write about what I see. Here are some examples of what I have seen and I personally view as NOT safe in our city of Uruapan, Michoacan:
- Extremely long and congested lines outside of local banks.
- Crowded outdoor markets or tianguis are still open.
- People crowding into a small doctor’s office.
- Fifteen people in the waiting room of a medical laboratory… And only five wore masks!
- Restaurants open and seating individuals.
- Restaurants preparing and serving food for take-out without masks or gloves.
- A young mother trying to enter Walmart with her toddler son, both without masks.
- Families crowded around the entrances of stores waiting for the one family member that went inside.
- Food carts serving food to groups of people standing close together.
- Fiestas and gatherings of large groups solo for enjoyment without any protection.
What Comes After The Coronavirus for Mexico?
I don’t know but I can’t envision it being good. I think the Mexican economy is going to take a big hit. Small business owners and low-income families will surely feel it the worst. We can see the US struggling to avoid a recession, but almost certainly failing. We recently received our second stimulus deposit but how many more of these can the government provide? Really the question may be, “What comes after the coronavirus for the world?”
I have hope for the future. I have hope for my family. If you want to learn what my hope is, visit www.jw.org.
Stay positive! And as a farewell gift, here is the recipe for our homemade sanitizer. Brad’s doctor gave it to us before this pandemic really hit big. We use it on our hands, our shoes, kitchen countertops, our dining room table, and you can use it on a lot of other things too! But I would recommend testing it on a small patch before spraying down anything super important or fragile.
UPDATE: This recipe is our personal recipe. I don’t know it’s effectiveness against Covid-19. But so far so good, at least in our home ;-) You can visit the CDC or WHO for their recommendations if you have concerns or questions.
3 parts rubbing alcohol, (70 % isopropyl alcohol)
1 part white vinegar
Optional: Your favorite essential oils!
Take care peeps! Be safe wherever you are in the world :-) Signing off, Tina
Originally published May 13, 2020
A ridiculous amount of coffee was consumed in the process of creating this project. Add some fuel if you'd like to keep me going ;-) Gracias!