The photo of Hugo López-Gatell that sparked controversy: the official was caught on a plane without a mask

Hugo López-Gatell was caught without wearing a mask on a flight to Huatulco (Photo: Twitter @ SGarciaSoto)
Hugo López-Gatell was caught without wearing a mask on a flight to Huatulco (Photo: Twitter @ SGarciaSoto)

On the eve of the New Year’s celebration, the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, was captured in the Mexico City airport aboard Aeroméxico flight 392 bound for Huatulco without wearing a mask, which ignited social networks in protest of the lack of an official.

According to the photograph shared by journalist Salvador García Soto, the official can be seen talking on the phone without wearing the protective mask, in addition to not respecting the healthy distance during boarding the aircraft.

“This morning on Aeromexico Flight 392 from CDMX to Huatulco, the undersecretary @HLGatell boarding without the mask on”wrote the host of Noticieros Heraldo Diario.

It should be noted that the highest government spokesperson in the face of the pandemic announced that the evening press conferences on coronavirus would be resumed on Monday, January 4, 2021, so he invited people to “stay at home”.

Last Wednesday, in the absence of the undersecretary, the conference was chaired by Ruy López Ridaura, general director of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control.

Some users on social networks came out in defense of the Undersecretary of Health (Photo: Twitter)
Some users on social networks came out in defense of the Undersecretary of Health (Photo: Twitter)

Users on social networks demonstrated for and against López-Gatell’s behavior, because while some pointed out that it was an act of irresponsibilityOthers were more understanding with the official.

“Too bad @Aeromexico for not applying the health security standard without exceptions. Why on December 23 if they were demanding with a lady and son from the door? @HLGatell you are despicable butt “said @MilioCelori on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Internet user @ MRT05168 indicated: “If I had not brought the mask I would not have been able to board the plane, surely there is a good explanation for having removed it. It is not understood why the opponents are so angry with him, is it because every time they try to hit him it is counterproductive? “

“And the truth is I am not very good at calculating distances but I am at doing Mathematical calculations, and according to my calculations it is only 48.5 cm away … Where is SUSANA? It is 1.5 meters from the big Hugo, don’t be stupid!”Commented the person who responds to the username @arreguingr.

Hugo López-Gatell is caught on a romantic date without Sana Distancia (Photo: Twitter @JrobertoM)
Hugo López-Gatell is caught on a romantic date without Sana Distancia (Photo: Twitter @JrobertoM)

Last October, the man in charge of communicating the actions of the federal government against the coronavirus disease was caught in what seemed be a date.

Accompanied by a woman of unknown identity, the official broke the healthy distance by kissing in a restaurant in Mexico City.

Since the coronavirus health emergency began, the Ministry of Health (SSa) has recommended to the population implement hygiene and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

However, Hugo López-Gatell has pointed out on different occasions that there is insufficient scientific evidence to support that the use of face masks contributes to the mitigation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Hugo López-Gatell is the official chosen to communicate everything related to the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico (Photo: Government of Mexico)
Hugo López-Gatell is the official chosen to communicate everything related to the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico (Photo: Government of Mexico)

On the contrary, López-Gatell said, wearing a protective mask can give people a “false” sense of security, which would lead to relaxing the hygiene and social distancing measures necessary to stop the contagion.

The conclusion of the scientists is that the evidence is not conclusive to support the population use of the mask to reduce the number of infections due to respiratory viruses

“It’s not wrong to wear a mask, it doesn’t hurt to wear a mask. There is a phenomenon called risk compensation, qIt consists in that people could feel protected because they have their face covered with a mask and then begin to decrease their attention to other health security measures; if that happens, the possible benefit of the mask could be counteracted by the reduction of discipline, intensity, and the constancy of other measures ”, indicated the federal official.

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