The recent confirmation that the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador tested positive for COVID-19 captured the media perspective, as the head of the federal executive had shown minimal precautions against the virus that has killed more than 140,000 Mexicans.
On the afternoon of this Sunday, January 24, AMLO confirmed through social networks that the manifestation of this disease is with a mild symptomatic picture; however, you will abide by the rest measures that are recommended for acquired infection. So that Olga Sanchez Cordero, head of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), will be in charge of being in charge of the morning conferences in which the population will be informed of the progress of the 4T administration.
“I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward. Dr. Olga Sánchez Cordero will represent me in the morning to report how we do it every day “, posted on his official Twitter account.
As he showed in his message to public opinion, the national president is optimistic in the face of this medical adversity because, it should be remembered, that it is not the first time that the Tabasco politician has faced a hurry in his health.
During the early hours of last Tuesday December 3, 2013, AMLO was admitted to the private hospital Medica On, in the hospital area of the Federal District, today Mexico City, for a acute myocardial infarction, muscular part of the heart located between the pericardium and the endocardium.
On that occasion, Patricio Ortiz, the cardiologist in charge of treating López Obrador, made public that the politician underwent coronary intervention and that his evolution has been favorable.
During the following months, the media followed up on AMLO’s health and the response obtained by him was always the same: that after the rest period, he changed certain habits to improve his health and that since then he has not had complications related to the failure reported by the private hospital.
Years later, October 9, 2018, during the period in which his electoral victory had already been ratified before taking protest as president, it was announced that López Obrador had submitted to a surgical process related to neck pain.
According to the column Reporter Stories, from the journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, sources close to the current national president explained that they had to burn the nerve endings of the cervical neck due to a strong problem of ailments in the area.
Loret de Mola assured that this was the reason for AMLO’s stooped posture during the last rallies of his victorious campaign towards the presidency; however, the incident did not pass to a major age and the president’s health was not affected.
Later, during his government, the president’s health had not had relevance in the public eye; However, in October 2019, AMLO announced during one morning that a user of the transparency platform asked to know the state of physical and mental health of the nation’s leader, which was described as an excess by López Obrador.
“Request medical and psychiatric evidence from the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the generals of a level medical institution and its visible ones, such as: letterhead, stamped paper, of the doctor or medical institution that issues the certificate with photography. The photograph must be canceled with the stamp and signature of the doctor who issued it, the time that the patient has been the doctor, make known the local health status and date of the consultation, stamp and signature of the doctor […] A general analysis of urine and blood chemistry is also requested as of the current date of October, as well as the opinion cardiovascular disease of the person, especially consulting coronary diseases, arterial hypertension, cardiorespiratory diseases, heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, peripheral arterial disease, congenital heart disease and if within his life he has suffered from facial paralysis, as well as toxicological analyzes and chronic degenerative or terminal diseases, ”the president read from the National Palace; however, the information was never released.
Regarding the positive diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, Jose Luis Alomy, Director of Epidemiology, reported that the health of the President of Mexico is monitored by specialists in the field.
“Fortunately, the president is stable and symptoms are mild. He is sheltered in his home and at this moment, and since he began with the symptoms, the team of doctors that was formed for a situation is under his care, “he said in the afternoon conference from the National Palace.
The public official also reported that the team that attends the president is led by Jorge Alcocer, head of the Ministry of Health (SSa) and prominent immunologist from UNAM. “We are all hoping that his evolution is satisfactory and that he can recover as soon as possible so that he can rejoin the activities that are essential for our country, “he said.