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The COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Last Page Update: 10.21.21 at 8:20 a.m. ET

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Active Emergency

Date

January 30, 2020

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Global

Globally, as COVID-19 deaths reach staggering levels with infection rates declining in some countries and exploding in others, Americares is using every resource to fight the pandemic – providing access to protective supplies, skills, and other critical support for our staff and partners here at home and around the world. Although the Delta variant has added a new level of threat, the fact remains that the vaccines work, and preventive measures are still important. If you are not fully vaccinated – Mask up. Wash up. Step back. And get the shot. COVID is not done with us. (source: JHU)

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We focus on frontline health workers (more than 17,000 have died and possibly many more in the global pandemic – est. 3,600 in the U.S., and at least 1,000 doctors in India), keeping them safe so they can continue to do life-saving work for low-income patients with COVID-19 and those in need of other essential health services and ongoing care for life-threatening conditions. Many at risk live in communities that are vulnerable to a daily and deadly inequality, especially in access to health care.

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The Crisis

The Facts

The coronavirus outbreak, first reported in Wuhan China in December 2019 exploded into a Global Pandemic within weeks. COVID-19, the name of the disease caused by the virus (SARS-CoV-2), continues its deadly spread with new waves of infection from new virus variants threatening regions even as authorities work to increase vaccine availability while facing unequal access and an alarming level of vaccine hesitancy.

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Even as more than 218 million people have received a first shot of vaccine in the U.S. and states and countries work to re-open, COVI9-19 rolls on, infecting hundreds of millions of people globally and killing millions. Although more than 66% of the total U.S. population has received at least the first dose of vaccine (79% of adults), the rate of vaccine hesitancy in some areas along with issues of ease of access to vaccination sites/appointments cast doubt on the possibility of stopping the spread of the dangerous Delta variant, which has grown rapidly in states with low vaccination rates. Some communities and organizations are recommending and even mandating the return of mask-wearing indoors along with vaccine, testing and safety protocol mandates to curb the sudden spike in infections from the Delta variant. The beginning of the school year has presented formidable challenges as the vaccines have not been approved as yet for children under 12 years of age. Currently Puerto Rico leads the way in vaccination rates in the U.S. with more than 90% of people already receiving at least one dose. West Virginia is at the other end of the scale with only 56% of the population receiving one dose.

While the global infection rate has declined in some countries, it has exploded in others. Variants of the virus have contributed to record numbers of new cases globally with new hot spots emerging. This highly contagious virus kills some and spares others, presenting symptoms that are unprecedented and unpredictable. More than 19 months into the pandemic, masking, handwashing and social distancing continue to be important in combating the relentless advance of COVID-19. And while the CDC has once again advised mask-wearing indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission even by those who are fully vaccinated (currently 57% of population), it is more important then ever for those who are not vaccinated to stay vigilant, continue to observe basic safety measures and get vaccinated in the race against the Delta variant which is proving to be more contagious and severe.

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India, Brazil, Iran, France, Turkey and Russia follow the U.S. as among the countries leading in infection rates. The infection rate in India exploded, overwhelming the health system as a second wave created a record daily number of infections before subsiding. Elsewhere in the world, Indonesia became a major hotspot while other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America are seeing alarming increases in infection rates and deaths with the spread of more virulent variants (the Delta variant the most prevalent, and now the Mu is raising alarms). As the U.S. and other countries in the West struggle to emerge from the pandemic, countries and communities with limited access to vaccines are facing new threats from COVID-19 as more health systems are overwhelmed by rising infection rates.

U.S. Resurgence

On September 20, 2021, the US marked another grim milestone in the fight against COVID-19 recording more American deaths from COVID-19 than the Spanish flu in 1918 – making COVID-19 the most deadly pandemic in American History. More than 720,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. The re-opening of schools and other efforts to resume normal activities add new complications for local authorities. The U.S. has averaged nearly 75,000 new infections every day in the past week, according to the CDC COVID data tracker. Rates rose sharply once again for several weeks as the Delta variant continues to strike the unvaccinated who represent the large majority of new cases and deaths (approximately 97%). Although the death toll had slowed as the country emerged from the Pandemic, it is still recording more than 1,200 deaths per day and threatening to pass even more grim milestones of lives lost to the pandemic. Florida and Texas led the latest alarming surge in reported cases as hospitals have been pushed to capacity. While the infection and death rates have subsided in recent days (a pattern that has been seen in the spread of the Delta variant) and an anti-viral treatment shows promise, the future trajectory of the pandemic continues to defy predictions. Resistance to vaccines and mask wearing continues to be a significant factor in the level of infection rates (and deaths).

Vaccine Hesitancy

Although three successfully tested, safe and free vaccines are in widespread use after receiving emergency approval, the rate of vaccination has slowed. One of the three has now received full approval. There are currently 22 COVID-19 vaccines authorized and being administered across the world and a total of 91 in development. Health authorities are addressing vaccine hesitancy as a significant barrier to community immunization. There can be no doubt, however, that the wearing of masks, proper hand washing and social distancing remain critical weapons against infection for those who have not received the vaccine.  Even with the relaxation of mask wearing for the fully vaccinated, safety measures remain a matter of critical community responsibility among those not yet vaccinated. The science is clear. They work. Continuing the 3 steps of prevention and getting vaccinated at the earliest opportunity are both necessary to stop COVID-19. To learn more the global story of the pandemic, open the ” Trusted Resources” below and view COVID-19 Updates. Read the COVID-19 2020 report on our global work during the first year of the Pandemic.

Health Inequity

The pandemic has proven especially lethal in predominantly Black and other neighborhoods of color that face systemic inequality including lack of access to quality health care. According to the COVID Racial Data Tracker, COVID has had a particularly deadly impact on Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other people of color with Black people dying at twice the rate of white people. Authorities also are seeing significant disparities in vaccination rates from zip code to zip code within communities, often reflecting economic and social inequities in those same populations. As it attacks poor communities in the U.S. and globally, it also exhibits catastrophic growth in countries with large concentrations of urban poverty or with the most fragile health systems. In both rich and poor countries, the virus exposes and exploits every weak point in the health infrastructure. Where you live may determine whether you live or die.

Health inequity retains its deadly potential in communities of color with poor health care access as vaccine distribution lags dangerously behind better-resourced neighbors. And that is why the COVAX pillar of access is still critical as the only global effort to ensure that people in all corners of the world will get access to COVID-19 vaccines when they are available, regardless of their wealth. The COVAX initiative, however, faces many challenges of supply, logistics, and bureaucracies, as many under-resourced countries have made little progress with vaccinations because the manufacture and distribution of vaccines still has not met their growing need. As an example of the global vaccine inequity, only 3% of the people in Africa have received a vaccine. The global pandemic is far from over with new variants and new outbreaks emerging in many countries. The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought new attention to the health equity crisis on a national and global scale.

Latest CDC Updates – Unmask the Facts

New Antiviral Pill

Early studies of Merck & Co’s experimental oral COVID-19 antiviral drug, molnupiravir, show the pill to be effective against known variants of the coronavirus. The investigational medicine significantly reduced the risk of hospitalization or death in the trials. At the interim analysis, the antiviral reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by approximately 50%. READ MORE.

Surges in COVID-19 Hospitalizations in West

A surge in unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization has nearly crippled some health systems. Some states have begun enacting “crisis care standards” in their clinics this week, which means that scarce resources such as ICU beds will be given to patients who are most likely to survive. Public health leaders in Idaho, one of the least vaccinated states in the country, recently expanded health care rationing statewide, and hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards. READ MORE

FDA Approval

The FDA granted full approval to PfizerBioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) for people 16 and older. It is the first COVID-19 vaccine to move beyond an emergency use authorization (EUA) in the United States. FDA endorses the Pfizer vaccine as safe and effective at reducing adverse health effects of COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death. As with all vaccines, FDA will continue safety monitoring of the vaccine to evaluate longer term health outcomes. The vaccine continues to be available under EUA for adolescents 12 through 15 years old, as well as for an additional mRNA dose for certain immunocompromised individuals. READ MORE

Vaccines Effective

A recent study with 4,217 participants shows that during the last eight months, full vaccination was 80% effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection among frontline workers, further affirming the highly protective benefit of full vaccination. The vaccine effectiveness estimates declined from 91% before Delta to 66% since the Delta variant became predominant. This trend should be interpreted with caution because the effects might also be declining as time elapsed since vaccination increases. READ MORE

Masks

The CDC has updated its mask guidance to encourage vaccinated people living in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of COVID-19 to wear masks in public indoor spaces. The CDC also recommends that all individuals attending K-12 schools (staff, students, etc.) wear masks regardless of their vaccination status. This new guidance comes from research that suggests that vaccinated individuals, if infected with the Delta variant, may have a role in spreading the disease to unvaccinated populations. Get the Facts. Get the Shot. READ MORE

Delta Variant

The Delta variant spreads quickly. As the CDC director recently stated, “if you get sick with the Alpha variant, you could infect about two other unvaccinated people. If you get sick with the Delta variant, we estimate that you could infect about five other unvaccinated people — more than twice as many as the original strain.” While some vaccinated people have contracted COVID-19 through the Delta variant, authorized vaccines continue to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from the virus.

Disclaimer: This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant number 1 NU50CK000588-01-00. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

Video of one of our health workers in Colombia teaching a very young fellow proper hand-washing skills

Additional Information

Get Facts from Trusted Resources – on the Pandemic and COVID-19 Vaccines

Information you can trust

You have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? We have answers.

Americares is combating the spread of disinformation and promoting science and healthy behaviors that can help stem the spread of the virus. The first and most important response to a disease outbreak is to get good information. Get the facts, not fear and fight the “infodemic”.  Understand the complexity of assembling data from a vast variety of global sources and consider using more than one source (and make sure it is a trusted source) to get a broader picture of what is happening day to day in the Pandemic.

How were COVID-19 vaccines made so quickly?
COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time because scientists built from decades of research; they were given a lot of resources; and regulators prioritized reviewing COVID-19 vaccine applications.
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. These vaccines teach your cells to look like the virus. You might feel symptoms as your immune system responds to new proteins, but your body is just training to fight a real virus if it’s ever exposed.
What does FDA Emergency Authorization (EUA) mean?
An EUA is a way for the FDA to speed up how we mass produce vaccines and approve paperwork during an emergency. It doesn’t affect vaccine safety because it doesn’t change how we research and develop vaccines.
Do the COVID-19 vaccines affect DNA?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change DNA. They deliver instructions that make your cells look like the virus. These cells then act as “models” to help train your immune system against COVID-19.
Does the vaccine have a magnetic effect?
No. COVID-19 vaccines to not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of the injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals and will not make you magnetic.
Does the vaccine have a microchip?
No. The vaccine does not contain a microchip. The ingredients of the vaccine are safe and were evaluated in clinical trials.
Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes. It’s recommended that you get a COVID-19 vaccine even after you’ve recovered from COVID-19. Some studies have shown that vaccination strongly boosts protection in people who’ve previously contracted COVID-19.
Should I get vaccinated against COVID-19 if I am young and healthy?
Yes. Young and healthy people can still experience serious illness or death from COVID-19. Even if some people experience mild effects from COVID-19, they can still pass the virus along to people who could become seriously ill.
Is the vaccine safe for adolescents and children?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for their authorized age groups: 16 and up for Moderna and J&J, and 12 and up for Pfizer.
Can pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. If you are pregnant, it’s recommended that you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can lower the risk.
Can women who are breastfeeding get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Lactating people can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines have not been studied extensively on lactating people, but there are no safety concerns.
Can I get the vaccine if I want to have children someday?
Yes. If you want to get pregnant now or in the future, you can still get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy or fertility.

Disclaimer: This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant number 1 NU50CK000588-01-00. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

To find answers to more of your questions about vaccines visit the WHO vaccine tracker.

To track information on the various vaccines being developed for COVID-19 visit the New York Times vaccine tracker.

Getting the Facts by the Numbers

Johns Hopkins interactive map tracking the disease spread globally. Visit this excellent resource.

Another important daily data source can be found at CDC COVID data tracker.

And a “homemade” aggregator website put together by a single enterprising programmer that has become a valued, accessible data source.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Click here for the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.

Researchers and Public Health Experts unite to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus response. This is a new resource about COVID risk levels in different locations to help guide personal decision-making. Click here to access this new information.

NPR: Tracking the global spread of the outbreak – follow this regularly updated map and timeline.

Washington Post: How Do We Build Herd Immunity? Click here to learn how it happens>

Expert Sources

Resources for Health Centers

Americares also offers this useful resource for health workers and our health center partners around the country who serve the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our clinic resource page.

Read a Brief COVID Global Pandemic History

A Global Crisis

Global Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak that was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan China exploded into a Global Pandemic – spreading like flood waters finding any and every opening to infect and kill

According to an NPR virus tracker COVID-19, the official name of the disease caused by the virus (SARS-CoV-2) registered its first confirmed cases outside China on Jan. 20, in Japan, Thailand and South Korea.  On Jan. 21, the first case in the U.S. was identified in Washington state. On Jan. 24, the first two European cases were confirmed in France. By Feb. 1, eight European nations had confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a month later that count had risen to 24 countries with at least 2,200 cases, most of them in Italy. On March 11 as Italy surpassed 10,000 cases, China, the original epicenter, reported a drop in cases of infection.  March also saw a rapid spread of the virus throughout the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases by March 17.  The world took three months to reach the mark of 100,000 reported infections. The second 100,000 were added in just 12 days.

The danger to health systems is a central concern, particularly the vulnerability of health workers; thousands of health workers have been infected and many have died as health facilities became overwhelmed by the numbers of patients. Of the more that 7,000 health worker deaths that have been officially recorded, the largest number have occurred in Mexico and the U.S. (more than 2,900 in the U.S.). A lack of consistent data on health workers has hampered efforts to report on the exact toll COVID-19 is having on health workers globally and in the U.S.

Keeping a human face on staff member at Magdlena clinic in Colombia
Keeping a human face on staff member at Magdalena clinic in Colombia

Of the 192 countries/regions infected, the U.S. faced the largest outbreak. Spain and Italy in the early stages of the pandemic had a much higher death rate, reflecting an aging population – the virus is most deadly to the elderly and those with underlying health issues. Countries taking an early systematic approach to stemming the outbreak saw a leveling off and decline in reported cases, highlighting the impact of prevention and protection programs while other countries such as Brazil and Russia that had been slower to respond continued to see the infection rate accelerate. Italy and Spain shut down as the outbreak intensified and other countries closed their borders, steps that slowed the spread and offered a cautious path toward reopening. Countries such as New Zealand, Vietnam and Senegal have set a standard for controlling the outbreak early by quickly establishing and following strict disease control protocols.

Pandemic in the U.S.

Impact on Vulnerable Communities

Pandemic in the U.S.

Soon after one of the first U.S. cases was reported in Washington State on January 21, another significant outbreak followed in Westchester County NY where a “containment zone” was established – a hot spot that began with one infected person. The swift decision to implement more stringent measures, including closing businesses and all but essential services, self-quarantines, masks, testing, tracing, social distancing and strong shelter-in-place recommendations in both Washington State and the Westchester communities slowed the rate of infection in those early outbreaks.

New York City soon became the major national hot zone and New York state the epicenter of the outbreak with more reported infections than any country. As the rate of infection and death toll increased in the U.S., many states including California, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Louisiana issued the “shelter-in- place” order. Communities throughout the country restricted all gatherings and encouraged people to limit social interaction and stay home to slow the progression of the pandemic. States and cities cancelled major events, conferences and other large gatherings while closing all businesses deemed non-essential and banning most events.

Decisions by some state and local leaders to keep strong measures in place to contain the virus for an extended period led to a leveling off and a significant decline in the infection and death rates in a handful of states. New York state implemented a phased reopening in regions that achieved certain benchmarks of lowered infection and fatality rates, while at the same time new hot spots emerge in many states as the pandemic continues its deadly spread. The new outbreaks led to travel restrictions into states that have achieved a sharp decline in infection and death rates.

Loading shipment of masks for health workers
Loading shipment of masks for health workers

One of the most disturbing aspects of the pandemic is its disproportionate impact on predominantly Black, Indigenous and Latinx neighborhoods where social and economic inequality, a greater incidence of underlying health conditions and lack of access to health care have contributed to an alarming disparity in infection rates and deaths. The continued nationwide protests against systemic racism have given the entire issue a major role in the pandemic narrative.

Medical experts had cautioned that a premature reopening and lack of government mandates could lead to a resurgence of infections which has happened in some states. The disease remains relentless, striking government leaders, top athletes and celebrities right along with health and other essential workers on the front lines of the service economy. The death of more than 2,900 health workers in the U.S., brutally underlines the critical importance of adequate supplies of protective equipment and infection prevention supplies, as well as training in their use.

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Our Response

What are we doing?

01 | Delivering Critical Supplies

Americares is delivering protective supplies – masks, gowns, gloves and disinfectants – as well as leading support groups and skill-building workshops for health workers in COVID-19 hot spots. Our global distribution network has provided more than 15 million units of protective equipment and infection-prevention supplies to health facilities in 33 countries, including the United States. These supplies helped protect health workers and patients from infection and ensure facilities could stay open and provide essential health services that low-income communities depend on. For some, Americares deliveries were their only source of items like gloves and masks; for others, the donations were critical budget relief during a time of instability. To see a fuller view of our programs in the first year, read our COVID-19 2020 report on our global work during the Pandemic.

Infographic on the COVID-19 Response

In the U.S. alone, Americares has delivered nearly 340 tons of protective supplies to health facilities in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands. We provided 4.5 million protective supplies to U.S. health workers including masks gloves, disinfectants and other critical supplies. Our support also includes 35 tons of personal protective equipment, infection-control supplies and hygiene products for Native American communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the shipments of critically needed supplies to the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation.

More international and domestic shipments are planned. Click here for the most recent list of our U.S. partners who have received supplies.

Americares global network of health care partners depends on the continuity of regular shipments of medicine and supplies from our distribution center. The most vulnerable in these communities have no other access to care. To that end our distribution center staff continue their efforts to maintain the critical lifeline while keeping the staff safe.

With the pandemic now in its second year, Americares continues to address the gaps that most affect disadvantaged communities. This includes continuity of quality health services, access to essential medicine, education for health workers and community members, and support for mental health and vaccine readiness. We will also continue public education campaigns around safety, including masks.

Staff of the Americares global distribution center in Stamford, Conn., prepare a series of aid shipments for Armenia. Photo by Juan Santana/Americares

Watch the video of our Distribution Center in action!

02 | Providing Clinical Care

The Latest

Americares continues to be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the US. Most recently, in response to an urgent request from FEMA, Americares mobilized three medical professionals to support Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) Health Services’ COVID-19 response. CPN Health Services is located in Oklahoma and services patients who are either Native American, have a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CBID), or are a CPN service provider.  Americares three medical professionals are helping administer COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 booster shots to eligible populations, COVID-19 testing, and flu vaccinations. The two health clinics operated by CPN Health Services (East and West) provide health care services, including COVID-19 vaccination and testing, to Native populations including but not limited to Potawatomi, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation and the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.

Americares response team of medical professionals will be providing care from Monday to Friday, allowing tribal leadership and FEMA to identify a longer term staffing plan.

Continued Care

Americares is continuing to provide primary care services at its clinics in Connecticut, Colombia, El Salvador and through its mobile health centers in India. The Americares clinics are on the frontlines of the pandemic; health workers are identifying suspected COVID-19 infections and referring patients for testing.  

The COVID-19 pandemic increased the barriers to care that low-income uninsured people experience every day. With clinics closed or on reduced hours, patients who already struggled to access care risked complications and even death from untreated chronic diseases and other health problems. Americares COVID-19 response helped ensure that patients at both Americares-own clinics and those of our partners had safe access to health services.

In Colombia, India and the United States, Americares clinics quickly pivoted from in-person appointments to telehealth services in response to government restrictions, opening when rules allowed. Americares clinics in Colombia, and El Salvador closed temporarily and now provide in-person care, adhering to strict safety protocols for staff and patients.  Our Free Clinics staff in Connecticut have been seeing patients directly since August with careful attention to the protection of patient and staff with PPE and protocols. Americares India, which normally operates seven mobile health centers in the slum communities of Mumbai, is currently facing an extraordinary surge in the Pandemic across the country and has expanded its support for hospitals overwhelmed by the surge. Learn more about the Americares India response.

Supporting Health Centers and Health Workers

Our top concern is the capacity of under-resourced health centers to respond to the pandemic. Americares is training health workers in infection prevention and control, disaster preparedness and mental health and psychosocial support. To date, Americares has hosted 508 training sessions attended by nearly 35,900 participants. We are developing and utilizing COVID-19 specific support modules to ensure health workers treating critically ill patients are equipped to manage their own stress and anxiety, as well as support patients and caregivers who rely on them. Americares has trained more than 26,000 participants in psychological first aid and coping skills to handle fear, stress and anxiety.

To reinforce vaccine confidence among health care personnel, and in turn the patients and communities they serve, Americares is supporting and will continue to promote a range of efforts to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence among our health center networks and the broader public. Vaccine confidence training and education sessions continue to be provided to health workers and key stakeholders across Africa and the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States. The CDC Reinforcing COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence project has been launched to build and reinforce COVID-19 vaccine confidence among healthcare personnel in the safety net sector in the U.S. and in turn the patients they serve. In addition, the “Wear A Mask” campaign officially came to a close in May after more than 2 million engagements on Social Media and 42,000 streams of the Wear A Mask song.

The Importance of WASH

Without running water, it’s nearly impossible for staff and patients to follow safety protocols so, in 10 countries, Americares collaborated with local health partners to improve water infrastructure. We have provided communities with 542 water infrastructure improvements, including hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations. In every location where Americares has provided hand-washing stations, we have also done community education and outreach on hygiene.

In Peru, Americares provided surge medical support in Peru from June 2020 through March 2021 to support health facilities overwhelmed by the pandemic. Americares relief workers also provided rapid COVID-19 testing in partnership with VIDA Peru, at mobile clinics in communities with high rates of COVID-19 in Lambayeque, Lima and Piura and reached over 200,000 people with COVID-19 health education throughout the duration of the project. Additionally, Americares psychologists provided mental health consultations.

Americares knows from a long history of disaster response that maintaining primary care services during crisis is critical to saving lives and restoring health.

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Watch the video with Nurse Practitioner Mary Beth Fessler on treating patients at Americares Free Clinics during the pandemic.

Additional Information

Providing Training and Resources

Resources for Health Centers

Americares offers this useful resource for health workers and our health center partners around the country who serve the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our clinic resource page.

Institutional partners supporting our COVID-19 response

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Americares Thanks You

Thank you to the following institutional partners for their support of Americares COVID-19 response:

Americares Emergency Response Partners

AbbVie
Aetna Foundation
The Alexion Charitable Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation
Avangrid Foundation
Baxter International Foundation
Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
Cisco
Dutch Bros Coffee
Emergen-C
FirstRespondersFirst
GE
Global Impact
Kyowa Kirin
Legg Mason Global Asset Management
Medtronic
Peacock
New York Football Giants
Novartis
Novo Nordisk
P&G
Rural India Supporting Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
UBS Optimus
Xylem Watermark
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Your Response

What can you do?

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We work with a dedicated and experienced staff, a global network of health care partners, corporate partners and donors. The success of this unprecedented fight against a global pandemic relies on the coordinated efforts of federal, state and local authorities, global and local non-profits, community action and most of all you.

You have the greatest power to change the course of this global disaster: Get the vaccine, wear a mask, keep social distancing (remember the 6-foot rule), and wash your hands thoroughly and properly (for 20 seconds). And double masking offers even more protection. It will help to keep you, your family and your community safe.

And you can do one other important thing: Fight the “infodemic” by getting the facts, sharing the facts and following the science (which means following the steps just mentioned). We can do this.

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02 | Protect Yourself

A patient with respiratory symptoms is examined at the Americares Family Clinic in Santiago de Maria as part of Americares expanded COVID-19 response supported by USAID. Photo courtesy of Americares.

Prevention and protection come down to individual actions to keep everyone safer. Those actions are the key to controlling the pandemic. Remember to be vigilant even as more and more people receive the vaccines. We still have a long way to go before most people around the world receive the required doses. Some treatments for COVID show promise but none offer a cure. The virus is not going away. In fact, it has returned in second and third waves with a vengeance along with new variants of the virus (Delta being dominant). It remains highly contagious, and it seizes any opportunity. Don’t give it one. Be relentless. Masks, social distance and hand washing/sanitizing remain as important as ever and perhaps more so even after receiving the vaccine.

Download a useful guide on proper hand washing and other preventive tips right now. It might be a lifesaver.

Haga clic aquí por un guía de lavado de manos—podría salvar su vida. Hag clic aquí.

“Because public health measures are really only as good as the public using them and implementing them, or at least the majority. I’d say that especially with this outbreak, this is something that we’re all in on together. It’s not just about my risk or my family’s risk, you know, and that kind of individual piece, this is something where we’re working as a community.”

Dr. Julie Varughese 
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03 | Protect Your Mental Health

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A third of Americans report signs of clinical anxiety or depression in a US Census Bureau poll, documenting COVID-19’s alarming impact on mental health.

Watch mental health experts discuss and share mental health issues that arise during a crisis along with tips from Mental Health professional Lisa LaDue about relieving stress in difficult times. vimeo.com/showcase/mentalhealthindisasters

Join Us

Want to help? Join us in spreading awareness on social media of how to properly protect your family, your community and yourself. To help you share the life-saving information, check out the new “Wear a Mask” campaign complete with some great new tools.

A woman in a face masks gets her temperature taken by two medical workers in full PPE gear.

Our History Responding to Disease Outbreaks.

Americares has extensive experience with outbreaks including in response to Ebola in West Africa and DRCZika in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as recent outbreaks of Measles and Dengue so we are ready to respond as the situation evolves. The organization has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in warehouses in the United States, Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis.