Dear user, a new article has been published in our open access journal Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society.

Seismic noise to public health signal: investigatingthe effects of pandemic guidance in Mexico
By Abril Saldaña-Tejeda, Xyoli Pérez-Campos & Elizabeth Reddy

In this article, we argue that seismic noise data alongside social data can be used to illuminate the social dynamics of the Mexican population’s response to public health policy. In the following pages, we consider patterns in seismic noise picked up by broadband seismic stations operated by the Servicio Sismológico Nacional (SSN, National Seismological Service of Mexico) in the country, and Mexico City in particular (Figure 1). We then examine these patterns alongside COVID-19 quarantine guidance from the office of the Mexican Undersecretary of Health. We draw on media analysis and consider regional and national surveys on social trust in the government, science, and health staff to suggest that trust might be key to explaining the social response to public health measures. We also reflect on the extent of public concerns over the virus, the economy, and crime, suggesting that a fluctuation of concern over the virus vis-à-vis economy and crime might contribute to public compliance with lockdown measures.

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