BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley is keeping a close eye on this pandemic and some are preparing for when it does come. The coronavirus outbreak has people in the U.S. and in the Valley stocking up on food and supplies; leaving stores with empty shelves.
That doesn’t seem to be the case on the other side of the border, despite COVID-19 concerns.
People who often travel to Mexico are not worrying about the coronavirus. They say Mexico is running normally despite the outbreak.
Artemio Banda often travels to Mexico, he says the stores over there are stocked up with everything. He says people in Mexico are buying the basic necessities for everyday living and says there is no paranoia. The shortage of supplies in grocery stores in the Valley are causing people to travel to Mexico to buy supplies. Since most of the stores on this side of the border in are empty.
Dayna Reyes, a Brownsville resident says, “My parents last week they went to Matamoros to get something. Because in Sam’s Club the lines were really long, so they had to come over here.”
While the Mexican people are not worrying about the coronavirus, there is some concern over the impact this will have on their economy. The value of the peso is seeing a major hit because of the coronavirus scare across the U.S. and the world.
Currently you can get 19 pesos per dollar at banks and money exchange places. It was just over 18 pesos last week.