COVID Counterpunch

US Warns ‘Do Not Travel’ to Mexico Despite A Lower COVID Risk than the US

The U.S. State Department has put Mexico on the “do not travel” due to a recent spike in COVID cases.

If federal officials were “following the science” (not to mention immigration laws) they wouldn’t be warning the Americans against travel to Mexico — they would be warning Mexicans not to travel to the U.S.

COVID deaths in Mexico are half that of the U.S.

According to The New York Times COVID tracker, Mexico is averaging 400 deaths per day (in a population of 130 million people), compared to 2,500 a day in the U.S. (332 million population).

Similarly, the average number of new COVID cases is averaging 37,000 a day in Mexico, versus 457,000 in the U.S.

Cases in Mexico are actually down in the last two weeks (by 2%), compared to, say, Japan, where cases are up 241% and deaths are up 688%. 

There is no “level 4 do not travel” advisory for Japan.

“Other countries and territories that moved to the CDC’s highest level on Monday were Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, French Guiana, Anguilla, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Kosovo, Moldova, Singapore and the Philippines.”

–CDC

The Center for Disease Control advises that people traveling to these destinations “should make sure they are up to date with their coronavirus vaccinations,” but warns that “Even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID- 19.”

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