For as many as 700,000 Mexicans, coronavirus could be lethal
High levels of obesity place Mexico at a greater risk for coronavirus fatalities
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is predicting that there will be as many as 700,000 serious, potentially fatal, cases of Covid-19 in Mexico in which patients will require respiratory support.
Ricardo Cortés, general director of health promotion at the federal Health Ministry, told a press conference on Sunday that PAHO had increased its forecast from 500,000 to 700,000 because of the high rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases in Mexico.
The coronavirus case fatality rate in Mexico is predicted to be 1.2%, he said.
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