Mexico: perceived transmission channels of coronavirus 2020

As of February 12, 2020, there were more than 45 thousand cases of novel coronavirus worldwide. Although no cases have yet been reported in Latin America, more than a third of Mexicans surveyed in January 2020 believed that coronavirus could be transmitted by any product that came from China.

Novel coronavirus

COVID-10, name given to the new coronavirus developed in China, is a new epidemic of pneumonia, with no clear cause, identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. With a yet unclear transmission channel, the virus has spread around the world, affecting more than ten countries outside Asia. As of February 2020, the number of deaths due to this new infection adds up to more than one thousand.

Influenza in Mexico

Another infectious disease that is source of concern is the influenza, also known as the flu. Without treatment, it can also lead to severe respiratory problems and even to death. In Mexico, there were more than six thousand cases reported only during the flu season of 2018-2019. Additionally, along with pneumonia, influenza is one of the leading causes of death in the country, accounting for almost 22 thousand occurrences in 2017.

Perception of the transmission channels of coronavirus in Mexico as of January 2020

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

January 30 and 31, 2020

Number of respondents

400 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Only among people with a telephone line in their household

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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