Many of the people we visit do not understand the importance of self-quarantine, masks, or the rationale behind the massive job lay-offs. It is not that they refuse to believe the virus is dangerous, they truly do not understand how infected people can have no symptoms and spread this virus.
They do understand the economic impact. Before the layoffs caused by the virus many of these families could barely survive and a subsistence level. Their diet was limited, many have no running water, plumbing, and many others, living in slightly better circumstances, remain on the edge of poverty. When the massive layoffs struck, some still received a partial salary, some did not. Government help is meager. Consequently,many children and adults are hungry and everyone is worried.
Restrictions include staying at home unless absolutely necessary to be out for necessities. The police enforce restrictions. Social distancing and masks are required.
The tourist industry was returning to Acuna, and now it is again devastated. Like communities in the U.S., everyone wonders what businesses will survive.
We are delivering supplies to local hospitals, food to people and shelters, and continue to help children with special needs. We are helping the blind children with laptops equipped with special software for the blind so they can participate in distance learning for the blind.
People around the world suffer through this global pandemic, but it is especially devastating for the poor who were already barely surviving. We know that we are making a real difference, even with the border almost shut down and with the strict social distancing rules of the colonias.