SAN DIEGO.- Controversy and astonishment caused in the San Diego County community the announcement issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid trips to Mexico.
Through its internet portal, the CDC published a notice not to visit the neighboring country for classifying it as one of the regions with very high levels of Covid-19.
If a trip to Mexico is necessary, the National Health Agency recommended on its website that US citizens should make sure they are vaccinated against the virus before embarking on the trip.
He also pointed out that anyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask at all times in public spaces and when they are close to other people during the trip.
“We see that here in the BajaCali region we have people who cross every day and we see that they are not just people, it is commercial activity, several things and I would say that they put on the mask if they are going to have to go to Mexico,” considered the mayor of National City, Alejandra Sotelo-Solís.
Crossing the border from one country to another is a common activity in the San Diego-Tijuana binational region, therefore, the CDC warning has not caused an alert, but it has caused people to take greater preventive measures.
“If you already have your vacations planned, be very careful, the cases of positive Covid-19 are gradually falling throughout the nation, not just here in San Diego, so wherever you go, take that precaution,” were the recommendations of the mayor. .
CDC uses COVID-19 data provided by the World Health Organization and other official sources to issue travel health advisories.
If a destination does not provide data, the advisory level is designated as “unknown” and travelers are advised to follow the level 4 recommendations, that is, to avoid traveling to a location.
Binational travelers who constantly cross the border in both directions agreed that the health agency’s warning is controversial.
“People who are vaccinated do get Covid but without strong symptoms and I say that we must always take care of ourselves,” said Miriam Cadena, a San Diego resident who travels to Tijuana every week to visit her relatives. The recommendations issued for travelers planning to visit Mexico are available on the page https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-mexico