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Sanitary brigadista disinfects neighborhoods in Mexico after surviving covid-19

Mexico, Dec 10 (EFE News) .- Dressed in a protective suit, gloves, a mask, protective glasses, disinfectant, gel and a spray backpack that weighs more than 30 kilos, Luis Felipe Gutiérrez prepares every day to work in the brigades of home sanitation in Mexico City, after having overcome covid-19 himself. He anticipates a long day, since today’s planning includes disinfecting between four and seven homes in the Xochimilco mayor’s office, located south of the Mexican capital, most of them because they had cases or deaths related to covid-19. “To date there are more than 300 homes (sanitized). I help people to give them a bit of tranquility and peace since we all live with the fear of having this disease at home,” Gutiérrez says in an interview with Efe. Luis Felipe is a rescuer by profession and says he feels proud to contribute “his grain of sand” during this pandemic, which adds 1.52 million cases and more than 133,000 deaths in Mexico. Of the 16 mayors of Mexico City, Xochimilco is the eighth most affected by the pandemic that arrived in Mexico at the end of February 2020 and has spread throughout the country. In March of last year, just a few weeks after the arrival of COVID-19 in Mexico, Luis Felipe was infected and this forced him to spend a month in bed. “My family became infected with the deadly virus. Later I took care of my 83-year-old grandfather who lost his life in a week,” he says while holding back tears. Thanks to that experience, Luis Felipe decided to train to be part of the sanitation brigades of the mayor’s office. DIFFICULT WORK After overcoming the disease, Luis Felipe returned to his job, in which he says he is happy to do his bit to fight this disease. He acknowledges that although he does not have to care for Covid-19 patients, his job is difficult. “We sanitize where there was a deceased by covid and we had to see things, the sadness that invades homes and one takes all that because we are not made of iron, so what hurts me the most are the children,” he says. Seeing the children cry for the lack of a relative, he says, is something “very hard.” FULL OF THANK YOU Luis Felipe sprays quaternary ammonium salts inside the house of Esther Pablo Pérez, a neighbor who sells Mexican snacks and who has asked as a precaution to sanitize her home. “We asked the mayor’s office so that they could come to sanitize. (I feel) calmer, as protected,” she says while explaining that, although the pandemic has not taken away any family member, it has diminished their livelihood. “Economically there are companies and businesses that are closed, (that) has affected us a lot,” he reaffirms and points out that at least his earnings from the sale of his products have decreased by 60%, in addition to that his home-only service has changed. The young man has already passed through every corner of the house “from the outside in and from the inside out.” It is about spreading the sanitizer throughout the house and warns that no one will be able to enter in 20 minutes in which the disinfectant takes effect. Ask all the inhabitants of the property to take care of themselves. While Esther reflects and comments that “if we do not take care of ourselves there will be many cases, we must try to take care of ourselves so that it is less because it affects everyone,” she says. Health prevention and care in this neighborhood has been the best way that these brigades have found to prevent more cases and more deaths and put into practice what the posters posted on walls and posts in the streets say “take care and stay at home “. “I had a bad experience and I do not wish it to anyone, that is what I can give them a little peace of mind in their homes,” says Luis Felipe, as he prepares to continue his journey. (c) EFE Agency

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