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Fatality from COVID-19 can show success in medical care, but it is not associated with its quality: López-Gatell

The undersecretary said that in the lethality you can see the success or failure in the care of COVID-19, but clarified that it is not associated with the quality of the medical service

The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, asked not to confuse mortality with lethality and detailed the parameters in Mexico before the pandemic of coronavirus.

He explained that in epidemiology the mortality refers to the number of people who die, divided by the population that may have the disease and die, in the case of COVID-19, this would apply to all the inhabitants of a locality, state, municipality or country.

In this case, the probability that a person will die from COVID-19 during the epidemic.

In Mexico, the mortality from COVID-19 it peaked in the second week of July and declined in the first week of October.

The average is 77.4 percent, although for week 45, it is 1.9 percent, lower than the current 2.5 percent in Europe.

Mortality from COVID-19 in Mexico as of November 17. Photo by SSa

By states, Baja California, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tlaxcala and Yucatán have a higher mortality from coronavirus than the national average.

Mortality from COVID-19 by states in Mexico as of November 17. Photo by SSa

Instead, lethality is the number of people who die divided by those who have been identified as having the disease.

In other words, it is the probability of dying if you have COVID-19.

The undersecretary added that in the lethality you can see the success or failure in the disease care, but clarified that it is not associated with quality Of the same.

He stated that private health sector people come with better living conditions in general since, due to their socioeconomic status, they have a lower prevalence of chronic diseases and can more easily go to hospital units.

For its part, in the public sector strict medical criteria are followed because the care is not for profit.

(In the public sector) there is no motivation to hospitalize someone when there is no medical indication, just because they ask for it, which can happen in the private sector ”, he explained.

López-Gatell Ramírez added that the COVID-19 fatality in the country it peaked between April and May, to later drop to the current average fatality rate, which remains low.

The average is 9.8 percent, although for week 45, it is 3.3 percent.

Fatality due to COVID-19 in Mexico as of November 17. Photo by SSa

By states, Morelos, Baja California, Sinaloa, State of Mexico, Tlaxcala, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Campeche, Nayarit, Puebla, Jalisco, Colima, Chihuahua and Guerrero have a coronavirus lethality higher than the national average.

Fatality due to COVID-19 by states in Mexico as of November 17. Photo by SSa

With information from López-Dóriga Digital