People who go to the private health sector have better living conditions, says López-Gatell

Hugo López-Gatell explained that due to their socioeconomic status, people who go to private hospitals have a lower prevalence of chronic diseases

The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, considered that people who come to the private health sector they have better living conditions in general.

During the conference on the situation of COVID-19 in Mexico, he argued his presentation that due to his socioeconomic status these people have a lower prevalence of diseases Chronicles.

He added that they can more easily go to hospital units and turn to the doctor at the first symptoms of illness.

In the case of COVID-19 pandemic, he pointed, in the public sector Strict medical criteria are followed in admitting patients 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.

However, he noted, López-Gatell Ramírez, the admissions for coronavirus in private hospitals when it does not warrant it are ‘legitimate’ if that is the decision of the patient.

The undersecretary’s presentation on the private health sector occurred in connection with his presentation that in fatality you can see the success or failure in treating the disease, but he clarified that it is not associated with quality Of the same.

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.

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