Wearing masks saves lives

Dr. Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. His model utilizes a variety of data sources to create alternate scenarios that can tell us “What could have happened?” if a county in the U.S. had a higher or lower rate of mask adherence. In this interview, he explains how the model works, its limitations and what conclusions we can draw from it.

This is a nationwide tool which can show the effect that wearing masks can have. If it’s a county where people wear masks regularly, it will show you how many COVID-19 cases and deaths they avoided. If you pick a county where people don’t wear masks, it will show you how many cases and deaths could have been prevented there.


Pichilingue cruise facility

Mexico's API Baja California Sur issued a tender for the construction and operation of a multi-use cruise facility at the Port of Pichilingue.
This would involve developing a site of 63,496 square meters to include a facility and berth for cruise ship and public use, according to T21Mx.
The location is known as Muelle de Usos Múltiples No. 2. 25-year term

An investment of at least 300m pesos (US$13.2m) would be required for partial rights to the facility for a 25-year term with the possibility to extend for up to 20 more years, T21Mx said.

The cost to bid is 500,000 pesos ($US22,000) plus VAT. Open until June 30
The tender is open to Mexican and foreign developers and is available until June 30.
Proposals will be opened Nov. 6, with a public evaluation to take place Nov. 9 and a decision expected Nov. 11.
The Port of Pichilingue is located 17 kilometers/10 miles from La Paz.


BCS biz's suspended

The head of the State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Coepris), Blanca Pulido Medrano reported, participating in a virtual conference, that 67 businesses are suspended in Baja California Sur, since they have opened even though they do not fall within the Classification of phase 5 of the COVID-19 traffic light.
"It is a very titanic job [...] we have 67 suspensions throughout the state, and this is secondary to the opening of establishments that are not yet in this level 5 category.
“Very important, if you have a restaurant-bar classification, if nothing else is dedicated to the pure sale of snacks, they are not allowed; for us they are bars ”, referred the doctor.

In this sense, he explained that these contempts have occurred in Los Cabos, La Paz and Loreto, since there are merchants who open regardless of whether the authority may sanction them, so that the opening of these places does not represent a danger to the increase. of Coronavirus cases.

"Of these 67 correspond to gyms, both in Loreto and Los Cabos, and part of La Paz; Party event rooms that are also not authorized at this level and the other, the vast majority of them, are those that call themselves a restaurant-bar and that are bars ”, emphasized Pulido Medráno.
She also recalled that the Presidents of the Chamber of the Restaurant and Seasoned Food Industry (Canirac) in Baja California Sur have already been warned about the consequences of opening businesses that are not allowed.


Mexico to enter community transmission stage in 15 days

Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell informed that within 15 days - by late March - Mexico could enter the second stage, community transmission, with which there could be hundreds of COVID-19 coronavirus cases which would need different control measures.
López-Gatell asserted that for now, Mexico remains on stage one, with few imported cases; nevertheless, international airports receiving flights from China or from the 10 countries with active COVID-19 transmission will experience intensified screening through the monitoring of passengers’ temperature and other symptoms.

The second stage, however, would present hundreds of cases and need different control measures.


COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak

Mexico’s low, barely budging count of confirmed #coronavirus cases is raising concern about the adequacy of testing in the country and whether the government is doing enough to prepare for an epidemic. As of Tuesday, only eight cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed since the first was reported Feb. 28 and Mexico was monitoring 37 possible cases.
By comparison, Brazil, where the first case was confirmed two days before Mexico’s, confirmed 37 cases and suspected another 876. On Wednesday evening, Mexico’s Health Ministry said the number of confirmed cases had reached 12. Yesterday, the outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, as worldwide cases topped 120,000 and deaths exceeded 4,300. Countries still have a chance to alter the course of the pandemic, the WHO said, urging governments to step up containment efforts through testing, tracing and isolating.

As of Tuesday night, the Mexican Health Ministry said it had performed 278 tests. “I’m worried about the lack of diagnostic testing,” said Francisco Moreno, infectious disease specialist and head of Internal Medicine at ABC Hospital in Mexico City. “If Mexico has undetected cases circulating, the spread of the disease is going to be brutal.”