As the novel virus moves towards its 4th wave, governments are desperately trying to curb the rising cases by enforcing rules and regulations for the safety of their citizens while making sure to grant some leniency at the same time. When it comes to the USA, however, the situation is a bit different.
Despite numerous calls for vaccinations, masks, and social distancing, Americans seem to be uninterested, to say the least. While being rebellious and adventurous might be great on some occasions, this isn’t a good look, considering all that is at stake.
Beaches, Sun, And A Virus
When the virus hit, many destinations with active tourism sectors decided to impose travel restrictions, stopping their locals from flying abroad and tourists from flying in. But, the resulting economic damage caused states like Mexico to open up their borders to combat the declining economic situation.
Unwilling to let go of an opportunity and tired of staying indoors, Americans decided to fly across the border to soothe their vacation needs. It was reported that almost half a million Americans flew to Mexico in October of 2020 - a time when the virus was at its peak.
Though this raises some genuine health concerns, Mexico saw it as a ray of light for their tourism sector, which had suffered a loss of $11 billion before its revival.
Mexico Is In Deep Waters
The rising number of infected cases isn’t spelling out fun for Mexico either. The state’s death toll has gone over 113,000, making it the fourth highest in the entire world. There’s also a chance that these numbers may be double since there might be many cases that have slipped past the officials.
In a recent news conference, Mexico's Deputy Health Minister stated that there's a major spike in the infected cases in Mexico. Three out of the five Mexican states, famous for their tourist attractions, are reported to have the highest rates of infection.
It is relatively harder for the Mexican government to get control over the deteriorating situation, unlike the US. Even with vaccines and crowd control, the large number of Americans flying into Mexico are only making matters worse, risking the lives of the locals and fellow Americans when they head back home.
This reckless behavior is only making it hard for both of the states to get a handle on the situation – one that can be easily avoided through social distancing and masking. Yes, it is fun to vacation in a foreign country but, it’s much better to stay home and not risk the lives of others, just until the coast is clear.