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Isolation works in Jalisco and they lengthen it


The plan in the Entity has managed to contain the progress of COVID-19; now they ask to stay home until next Sunday

Because the rate of spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in the Entity has given results and content, the State Government asked citizens to add four days to the isolation suggested since Friday, but with an additional suggestion: take extreme precautions in older adults, women pregnant and sick people.

The measure, which the Government headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador also suggested, does not imply that on Monday everything returns to normal.

The Jalisco governor specified that as of that date, it will analyze what actions to take to prevent the pandemic from impacting the State.

For now, the state president suggested that citizens strengthen micro and small businesses by buying goods and services in them.

On the other hand, and since a case of COVID-19 has already been registered in the interior of the State (which was imported), he asked Jaliscienses abroad that during this contingency they do not visit the Entity to protect their relatives.

University of Guadalajara (University of Guadalajara) reported on their own that cases of COVID-19 in Jalisco grew 64% between Friday and yesterday (based on 50 cases, previous figure cut most recent, 57), the lowest percentage of the five with the highest number of infections (Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Nuevo León), explained the rector, Ricardo Villanueva.

He stressed that although the data shows a slowdown in the Entity, preventive measures should continue to be applied.

The COVID-19 empties the shopping centers of the metropolis

"Do you want some antibacterial gel?" Asks the security guard to all the people who enter the commercial plaza of Rafael Sanzio and Vallarta avenues. No one says no.

Inside, everything smells like cleaner and chlorine. The cleaning staff walks down every hallway and stairway cleaning up everything in their path. The floors always look damp.

Most visitors wear face masks, but that majority is 30 people in the entire plaza. They are mainly concentrated in ATMs, banks and telephony businesses. One in three establishments is closed.

There are stores that left advertisements to notify their customers that they were absent because they complied with the recommendation to stay home in the face of the coronavirus contingency. "We come back on Thursday," say some. "Closed until further notice," say others. "Make your purchases on our online page", recommend the big brands.

In that square, the cinema area, where there are usually long lines in the popcorn area, fenced off the path. And in the dining room, which regularly looks crowded, there are not even 10 diners.

Few stores remain open. Some clothing stores, three or four ice cream parlors, about six restaurants, certain technology stores and the occasional general goods store. In those businesses, workers wear masks and even gloves.

In banks and department stores the capacity of clients is conditioned: five people, maximum, inside. And despite everything, there are those who did not close because they need the income, such as an employee who feels safe "because there are no clients" and a worker who managed to survive the cut in personnel.

The phenomenon is not only seen in that commercial nucleus. The coronavirus practically emptied such spaces in the metropolis.

Corona Market, a place without people

Herb sales and a few food stalls are still open, but only that. The coronavirus pandemic also caused the Corona Market to empty. Since the State Government asked Jaliscienses to be kept at home to prevent the contingency from worsening, the influx of customers reduced substantially in that commercial space in the Tapatío Center. Yesterday, most of the curtains were closed, customers numbered in the dozens, and the halls that are always difficult to walk looked completely clear.

Events are held in salons

Most of the city's event rooms re-scheduled the dates of the events they had scheduled for March and April, after mid-year.

Event room managers and wedding planners said there were no charges for the date changes.

“We are supporting 100% the client with changes of dates under the availability of our calendar. He is not being penalized in any way because we know that it is not their fault or ours, ”explained Viridiana López, administrative manager of La Gotera.

He added that "priority was given to the dates that were closest so as not to saturate."

Juan Pablo Partida, wedding planner, explained that most of the service providers made the changes in advance.

“I acted from a previous weekend. We made the decision to move all the weddings in March and April, I was ahead of the closing and we rescheduled the weddings from June onwards, ”he said.

In his case, he had 11 events scheduled between March and April with more than 300 people each.

"Massive tests can shorten the contingency"

According to Eduardo Rodríguez, chief of Infectology at the Fray Antonio Alcalde Civil Hospital, carrying out massive tests can shorten the duration of the contingency by COVID-19.

He specified that implementing this strategy has reduced mortality in countries like Germany, which has the lowest rate in Europe, while in Mexico there is a risk of prolonging the epidemic for months. He said that "they cannot put politics into this because everyone's life is in danger," adding that the alert is worse than the influenza crisis in 2009, since then there were medicines, rapid tests and vaccines.

On Monday, Hugo López-Gatell, federal undersecretary of health, said the pandemic could last until September or October, with the highest peak in August.

For his part, Antonio Ruiz Porras, an academic at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), stressed that the contingency will bring a greater economic slowdown, and that this is already beginning to be seen with "forced vacations", and the decline in services such as restaurants , hotels and tourism.

To cope with the situation, he added, three steps must be taken: lower interest rates, reduce or eliminate tax collection (although there is resistance to this from the federal government) and support people with money.

Reduces stress and increases family life

Although the preventive measures for the coronavirus pandemic have altered the usual routines and generated economic uncertainty, the people of Guadalajara who adopted voluntary isolation identify some positive aspects of staying at home. For example, they have more time to spend with family and to reduce the stress that commuting in the city entails.

Starting an online course and reading more are activities that Héctor Díaz, a psychologist who works in a secondary school and who has been working at home since Monday, has been able to do. He explained that through videoconferences he has even given the therapies that he had scheduled. “I feel like I do more things by organizing myself and respecting normal schedules. At eight in the morning I am ready, as if I were going to normal school. ”

For Mariana Flores, combining professional activities with the care of her two daughters and housework has forced her to reorganize. He stressed that being at home saves the commute and the rush to get the girls to school and get to work. "The good thing is that you don't waste time getting ready to go out, you turn on your computer and start doing your homework at the times you need."

In a consultation made by this publishing house, Érika Mariscal stated: “we can have the three meals of the day in peace, without haste, with the whole family. There is less stress, less scolding of children, more displays of love and more dialogue. ”

With Ángel Zamora it is different. For him, isolating himself is a “privilege” that can only be given by people with a certain economic level. Dolores Hernández explained that she divides her time between office tasks, those of mom and a little teacher to guide the school activities of her daughters.

Google translation from Informador.

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