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Even as portions of the U.S. and many countries re-open in phases after months of shutdowns, COVI9-19 rolls on, often at record rates, infecting millions of people globally and killing hundreds of thousands. The pandemic intensifies its onslaught in some countries amid progress in regions that emerge from lock-downs. India, Brazil, Russia and Peru follow the U.S. as the countries leading in infection rate with India rising to near the U.S. level. The number of new daily cases has risen almost 50 percent in the U.S. over the past month and recently set a new daily record. The situation is also becoming worse in Europe as a “second wave” emerges. This highly contagious virus kills some and spares others, presenting symptoms that are unprecedented and unpredictable. It defies limited means of controlling its spread which further complicates the process of opening up communities.
New York State, for example, has managed to bring the rate of infection and death under control (going from the highest rate of infection in the nation to the lowest at one point – but now dealing with new hot spots) just as flareups emerged in the Midwest and South (especially in rural areas). States in the Northeast achieved success in fighting the spread by applying stringent mandates, while a number of states continued to record increases as they relaxed control measures and prematurely opened businesses and activities (more than 36 states reported increased infection rates in the past week).
The re-opening of some schools and other efforts to resume normal activities present new challenges to local authorities navigating uncharted waters. The U.S. is currently averaging more than 49,000 new infections every day – an increase of 13% according to Johns Hopkins University.
The wearing of masks, proper hand washing and social distancing remain the best weapons against infection. They work. Please click on the arrow and see the video of one of our health workers in Colombia teaching a very young fellow proper hand-washing skills.
The number of confirmed cases continues to grow in the U.S., where it has proven most lethal in predominantly Black neighborhoods that face systemic inequality including lack of access to quality health care. The total number of those infected in the U.S. doubled in a month in the late spring, and now accounts for nearly one fifth of all cases reported worldwide. As it rages in poor communities, it also threatens 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. Confronting this health inequity crisis is at the heart of Americares response.
Video of one of our health workers in Colombia teaching a very young fellow proper hand-washing skills