CDMX.- At least nine out of every 10 of the more than 220 thousand people officially killed by COVID-19 in the country (94%) worked in essential jobs that did not allow them to stay at home to do home office.
Low schooling, a precarious socio-economic level, manual and operational jobs such as employees, drivers, street vendors, small merchants, agricultural laborers, as well as housewives, retirees and pensioners are those who stand out on the list of deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the study Impact of the social determinants of COVID-19 in Mexico, prepared by the Faculty of Medicine of the UNational Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), In the country, low schooling is associated with precarious living and health conditions, and an increased risk of death.
“There is no doubt that Covid-19 has greatly affected the population with less education, practically half of the deaths occurred in people with a maximum educational level of primary school,” says the study prepared by researchers from the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine, Alejandro Cortés-Meda and Guadalupe Ponciano-Rodríguez.
In relation to the workplace, people of low socioeconomic status have a disproportionately large representation in essential work environments, such as health care establishments, farms, factories, commerce, ambulance, public transport, and so on.
“Working in these areas represents a greater probability of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, due to factors such as close contact with the public and other workers, the inability to work from home, not having sick leave and poor access to health services ”, adds the report.
In addition, they usually have to work long hours to cover their basic needs. The remote home work modality has been viable for people with higher incomes, but not for those who go out to work is their only way to survive. Another risk is that, when they return home, they become a source of infection for their families.