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Even as portions of the U.S. and many countries work to re-open in phases after many weeks 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. Brazil, India, Russia and Peru follow the U.S. as the countries leading in infection rate. 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) just as new hot spots of infection emerged in Florida, Georgia, California and Texas. 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 (22 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 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.
Currently 30.2 million infections and 950,000 deaths have been reported in 188 countries and regions. The number of confirmed cases has reached 6.7 million with the death toll at 200,000 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, and now accounts for more than one quarter of all cases reported worldwide. As it rages in poor communities, it also threatens catastrophic growth in countries 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 help determine whether you live or die. Confronting this health inequity crisis is at the heart of Americares response.
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