What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Mexico City goes from phase 4 to phase 3.

Reeling from an earthquake, a flooding, and then an assassination attempt, Mexico City has gone from the most serious phase 4 of the pandemic to the slightly less serious phase 3 today. Despite all evidence indicating it’s far too early to open up businesses in Mexico City again, our mayor is positively excited to restart activities, and as the biggest city in the country, we also serve as an indicator of how others should reactivate their economies. Mexican states, as independent health authorities superseding current federal powers, choose their own phase in the pandemic stoplight, from red, orange, yellow, green.

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Since it’s up to the states, the stoplights have been treated... erm, in a strange way. The stoplight’s primary indicator is hospital occupancy, which is why relatively rich states like Jalisco have opened up despite fast-growing spread as opposed to Tabasco which has had very high numbers for a number of weeks now. Despite having around a fifth of all accumulated cases in the country, Mexico City also has one of the lowest hospital occupancy rates, which is why we’re much more eager to open than neighboring Estado de Mexico and Morelos.

Illustration for article titled Mexico City goes from phase 4 to phase 3.
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Not that the data actually means anything, Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates, which might correlate to a higher than usual mortality rate of 12% Alls I know is that I don’t see this thing dying anytime soon, and I think we’ll just get used to seeing bigger and bigger numbers as months go by... regardless of what the stoplights say.

Also, I haven’t used my car regularly in like seven months now... I turned it on last week. It was 80 days late to service 0.0

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