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Covid in Mexico: the medical profession exhausted as the epidemic resumes

In Mexico, the coronavirus is showing signs of recovery after a slight lull. Unlike Europe, the first wave of the virus has never ebbed and several states in the country are yet again registering an increase in contagions and hospitalizations. In hospitals, exhausted health professionals prepare for a new crisis situation. With our correspondent in Mexico, Alix Hardy: Never inside a hospital and the outside world have seemed to be two realities so different. Dr. Francisco Espinosa is an immunologist, but for the past nine months he has been treating mostly Covid patients in his office at a private hospital in Mexico City. “I see between four and eight patients with Covid every day and I have a hard time finding room for those who need hospitalization, even when they have good health coverage. All the major hospitals are again saturated. But in the streets we see that people, worn out by the pandemic, are slacking off. We see fewer masks, the road traffic is as dense as before. »► To read also: Covid-19: Mexico has in turn passed the 100,000 victims barrier Public policies in recent decades have greatly weakened the Mexican hospital system. If in addition the population demobilizes, the fight for caregivers will be more difficult than ever, warns Damaris Navarro, doctor in a Covid unit. “I am not only disappointed with the government. He should protect us better, and there should be more of us. But I am also angry with the people who seem indifferent to our sacrifice. If people did their part, there would be fewer patients in the hospitals and our exhaustion would not be as great. “Caregivers who pay a heavy price for their commitment: nearly 2,000 of them have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Mexico, the heaviest death toll in the world. ► Read also: Covid-19: with a million cases, Mexico is taking new measures