The Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, warned that the young adult population also has serious conditions due to COVID-19 because of the prevalence of chronic diseases in Mexico.
“The consequence of this is that we are going to have an epidemic where young adults also have a serious condition and, eventually, fatal cases,” he said during President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s morning press conference.
López-Gatell noted that three-quarters of Mexicans are overweight or obese, up to 14 percent of people over 20 have diabetes and 35 percent have high blood pressure.
“From 20 to 59 years old, we have people with disease severe enough to require hospitalization, not all in intensive care, not all are critically ill,” he said.
The official stated that children fortunately are not a high-risk population for developing serious cases of COVID -19. On the contrary, in the group of 25 to 69 years the disease has a case fatality of 5.1 percent, while in older adults it is higher than 14 percent.
“At the beginning of the epidemic we had commented that we were going to consider children as a risk group, just as we did with influenza. We said this at a time when the epidemic was only in China and there was not enough experience accumulated knowledge to identify this,” he added.