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Volunteers wear suits like the ones worn by ‘Money Heist’ actors to reach the homeless people of Mexico City

Volunteers contact Mexico City’s homeless population at risk of coronavirus infection while attracting suits as ‘Money Heist’ actors

  • El Caracol Civil Association provides assistance to the homeless in Mexico City and provides face masks and hand sanitizers during the coronavirus pandemic
  • The organization has equipped its staff with contactless electronic thermometers to record body temperature
  • The Mexican capital has 16 boroughs with a population of 9 million and nearly 7,000 are homeless
  • On Friday, Mexican City reported 1,754 deaths and 16,758 confirmed coronavirus cases
  • The country has registered a total of 6,510 deaths from the virus and a total of 59,567 people have been infected
  • As many as 4,577 died due to respiratory problems between March 18, the date of the first COVID-19-related death in Mexico, and May 12
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
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The Professor of the Money Heist would certainly approve of the good deed that a Mexico City-based non-profit organization has undertaken since the coronavirus pandemic swept the Mexican capital.

As the virus swept across Asia and Europe, the founder and director of El Caracol Civil Association, Luis Enrique Hernández, began developing a plan to help Mexico City’s forgotten homeless population.

At least six members of the community organization went to Mexico City’s sixteen boroughs in search of the estimated 4,300 homeless people in the federal district who are at risk of contracting COVID-19. Another 2,400 live in shelters.

The small group volunteers did this while wearing PPE suits similar to those of the popular Netflix series, although they were not expressly intended to do so. They just wanted a suit that would protect them from contamination and make them recognizable within the homeless community.

El Caracol Civil Association visits Mexico City's 16 boroughs looking for homeless people and helping to slow down the coronavirus outbreak in the capital of Mexico

El Caracol Civil Association visits Mexico City’s 16 boroughs in search of homeless people and helps to slow the coronavirus outbreak in Mexico’s capital

A volunteer takes a child's temperature using a contactless electronic thermometer

A volunteer takes a child's temperature using a contactless electronic thermometer

A volunteer takes a child’s temperature using a contactless electronic thermometer

El Caracol consists of six volunteers, including the founder, who contact the homeless people of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 28, the nonprofit has distributed 1,400 kits of face masks, soaps, and hand sanitizers

El Caracol consists of six volunteers, including the founder, who contact the homeless people of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 28, the nonprofit group has distributed 1,400 kits that include face masks, soaps, and hand sanitizer

El Caracol consists of six volunteers, including the founder, who contact the homeless people of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 28, the nonprofit has distributed 1,400 kits of face masks, soaps, and hand sanitizers

Under the leadership of Hernández, the group received medical training, attended workshops to learn more about the global epidemic and how to detect potential cases, and was informed about symptoms.

Since March 26, El Caracol has met 800 people who have been able to provide help and awareness.

It has distributed 1,400 kits to date with face masks, soap and hand sanitizers.

Staff are also equipped with a contactless electronic thermometer to record temperatures for members of a population unaware of the dangers of the pandemic.

In an adult homeless man, his body temperature is measured in Mexico City. Mexico's capital city has been hardest hit in the country with COVID-19, with the deaths of 1,754 people and the production of 16,758 confirmed cases

In an adult homeless man, his body temperature is measured in Mexico City. Mexico's capital city has been hardest hit in the country with COVID-19, with the deaths of 1,754 people and the production of 16,758 confirmed cases

In an adult homeless man, his body temperature is measured in Mexico City. Mexico’s capital city has been hardest hit in the country with COVID-19, with the deaths of 1,754 people and the production of 16,758 confirmed cases

El Caracol director and founder Luis Enrique Hernández provides water to a homeless man in Mexico City as part of the nonprofit's plan to slow the spread of COVID-19

El Caracol director and founder Luis Enrique Hernández provides water to a homeless man in Mexico City as part of the nonprofit's plan to slow the spread of COVID-19

El Caracol director and founder Luis Enrique Hernández provides water to a homeless man in Mexico City as part of the nonprofit’s plan to slow the spread of COVID-19

“That was very important because it gave us the pulse of what was happening to the population. They weren’t getting any information, ‘Hernández told DailyMail.com via text message on Friday.

“All the institutions they often visit were closed and [they] were left on the street. So the fact that Caracol came out was a great opportunity to prevent COVID-19. ‘

When El Caracol came in contact with the homeless people in Mexico City, he noted that most of them had no access to water, exposing them even more to contracting the disease.

“Water is now a fundamental element in this COVID-19 pandemic because we have to wash our hands in a recurring way. They don’t have it, “Hernández said.

“We also bring water to the street so they can wash their hands when we work with them. Caracol is an organization that not only has mutual affection for them, but we know that we can do important work to protect their rights and in this case protect their lives. ‘

Aside from looking for donations to continue her outreach delivery program, Hernández looked for donors who can provide food that doesn’t necessarily require cooking.

The virus killed 1,754 people and caused 16,758 confirmed cases in Mexico City.

El Caracol volunteers took part in workshops to learn more about the coronavirus epidemic and how to detect potential cases

El Caracol volunteers took part in workshops to learn more about the coronavirus epidemic and how to detect potential cases

El Caracol volunteers took part in workshops to learn more about the coronavirus epidemic and how to detect potential cases

A volunteer at El Caracol provides pamphlet literature to educate homeless people on the devastating coronavirus pandemic

A volunteer at El Caracol provides pamphlet literature to educate homeless people on the devastating coronavirus pandemic

A volunteer at El Caracol provides pamphlet literature to educate homeless people on the devastating coronavirus pandemic

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