American travelers looking for countries to vacation in this summer may find only a few willing to accept them. One of those countries is Mexico.
If you read what major travel media outlets are publishing on the coronavirus situation in Mexico, you might be left with the impression that everything is on the mend south of the border.
Search online for anything related to Mexico travel and coronavirus and you are likely to find a recent CNN Travel article titled “Mexico Travel and Coronavirus: Everything you need to know.”
The 1,548 word article is chock full of quotes from Mexican government officials, hotel owners, tourism boards, and airlines about when, where, and how travel is resuming.
But, for a guide promising to tell you “everything you need to know” about Mexico travel and coronavirus, there is something pretty important missing from CNN’s article:
Information about Mexico’s coronavirus epidemic.
Any information. Like, at all.
The article features zero quotes from public health experts. It includes zero stats about the number or trajectory of new cases, deaths, or hospital admissions. It offers zero information about Mexico’s testing efforts.
In fact, CNN Travel apparently could not spare even a single sentence to inform readers about how Mexico is actually faring against the coronavirus.
Mexico is Definitely Not Beating the Coronavirus
So how is the epidemic going in Mexico, then?
Well, let’s take a look at Mexico’s coronavirus curve:
You don’t need a degree in epidemiology to know that curve is not flat. In fact, Mexico is actually one of the places in the world that most concerns international public health experts.
Just one day before CNN Travel published its article, Mexico recorded its highest number of new cases up to that point (it’s since surpassed that mark several times). According to the John Hopkins coronavirus tracker, Mexico currently has the 7th highest death toll in the world – and it’s still climbing. In parts of Mexico, hospitals have been teetering on the brink of collapse.
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