(FreedomJournal.Org)- If you thought you’d already seen the dumbest takes on the coronavirus from people on Twitter, you might be shocked to learn that a Mexican governor is under the impression that poor people are immune to the Chinese virus.
As of Sunday morning, Mexico reported 844 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Responding to the news, Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa, who represents the state of Puebla, noted that the “majority are wealth people.”
His claim refers to a Mexican government report that showed around 85% of the cases being people who had recently travelled internationally.
He didn’t just recognize the fact that a majority of cases are wealthier people, however. Governor Barbosa announced during a live video broadcast on Facebook and YouTube that, “if you are rich, you are at risk.”
“If you are poor, no. We poor people, we are immune.”
🔴 MÉXICO | El gobernador de Puebla, Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta dijo que el coronavirus ataca principalmente a “gente acomodada” y aseguró que los “pobres” SON INMUNES pic.twitter.com/NUD3CmVJ7M
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I’m not so sure that’s how it works…
According to Fox News, Governor Barbosa was using an old belief in Mexico that the exposure to “poor sanitation standards” increases immunity among poor people. While it is true that exposure to bacteria can help a body develop greater immunity, it will not help anybody beat the coronavirus.
Fox also reported that, as the coronavirus spreads across Mexico, the Deputy Health Secretary, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, has announced measures by the federal government to stop nonessential activity. As a result, all schools in the country will be closed until April 20.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has opposed implementing a stay-at-home order so far. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, the president believed the country will have experienced “the worst” of the virus by the end of next month.
However, the comments have “sparked controversy” according to the government, as half of the Mexican population are poor and working in an “informal economy.”
If the United Kingdom and the United States are suffering badly from the coronavirus, it hardly makes sense to believe that places like Mexico will be any better off.