More than five months after the first official case of coronavirus in America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) demanded that the population of the continent adapt to the "new reality" that the presence of COVID-19, a disease, implies. It has already infected 4,604,134 people and left 230,165 dead.
"We must be realistic about the future: all of us must adjust to a new lifestyle and redefine our sense of normality," said its director, Carissa Etienne, in the face of the increasing number of infections in the Americas, without forgetting that there are countries that have Known to cope with the pandemic better than others.
"Although we rejoice when a country successfully flattens its epidemiological curve for COVID-19, the risk of a regrowth is always present unless we flatten the curve both regionally and globally," added Etienne, quoted by the daily newsletter from the World Organization. of Health (WHO).
With each passing day, more American countries are joining the dangerous area of more than 5,000 cases per million inhabitants, where Chile is already absolute number one with 13,309, followed by Peru with 7,910, the United States with 7,038 and Brazil with 5,391.
In the section of the more than 500 deaths per million inhabitants, it is the United States that leads this lethal statistic with 365, while Brazil follows with 248, Chile with 247 and Mexico a little distant with 181.
Condensing these data for the analysis, it can be broken down that, although the USA It has a higher consolidated rate of diagnosed cases, Chile is the country with the most alarming growth per million inhabitants of SARS-CoV-2.
TEN TIMES MORE CASES
Staying in the purely statistical field of this pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that the number of Americans infected with coronavirus is likely to be ten times higher than the number of confirmed cases.
This calculation has been extracted after examining blood samples throughout the country for the presence of antibodies to the new pathogen. In that sense, the director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, specified that they have seen that, for each confirmed case of COVID-19, ten people had antibodies.
With these data, it is assumed that between 5 and 8% of the population would have contracted the virus, so that the vast majority of Americans would still be susceptible to contracting the cause of COVID-19 by not being immune, in the midst of an increase in infections that seems unstoppable in states like California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, which have already reopened their economic activity.
DOCTORS COUNT VICTIMS IN PERU, GUATEMALA AND COLOMBIA
The healthcare professionals' guild continues, as the first on the battlefront, counting its deadly "casualties" in the continental war on coronavirus. In Peru, the Medical College of that country reported on Thursday that the pandemic has claimed the lives of 65 doctors and infected 1,850 more.
In Guatemala, the Ministry of Health and the president of that country, Alejandro Giammattei, assured that at least 450 members of the health system have contracted the disease, including more than a hundred people who work at the National Health Laboratory.
But this drama in Colombia today has its own name and pain. This is Heandel Renteria Córdoba, a 40-year-old professional, who died in Medellín (northwest), the city to which he was transferred from Quibdó, in the impoverished department of Chocó, due to the very delicate state of his health.
Renteria Córdoba had been fighting the coronavirus for months at the San Francisco de Asís hospital, the main health center of a regional entity that lacks everything and from which it tirelessly asked for the improvement of its salary conditions and that of its colleagues, as well as a better provision of means.
"DISTANCIA2" IN ECUADOR
The Ecuadorian Government presented this Thursday the technological tool "Distancia2", developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and which uses artificial intelligence to measure the distance between people.
"Distancia2" analyzes the recordings of the cameras installed in the cities, detecting people and measuring the distance between them, and when the space is less than two meters, it sends an alert signal and the control panel receives the information in real time.
If there are crowds, "Distancia2" emits an alert sound in those places where megaphones are installed, while in others where it is not possible, police personnel will be able to go to the site and remind citizens to keep their distance.