SARS-CoV-2 outspreads in Caribbean, Americas; WHO alerts

WHO released advisory about another spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the region of the Americas and the Caribbean on 11 January.

Deyalsingh revealed COVID-19 cases at NCRHA Chaguanas. Image Credit: Facebook. Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew
Deyalsingh revealed COVID-19 cases at NCRHA Chaguanas. Image Credit: Facebook. Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew

Caribbean: The World Health Organisation, also known as WHO, raised the alarm about another spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the region of the Americas and the Caribbean on Thursday, 11 January.

The World Health Organisation has warned about the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 with other respiratory viruses around the nations in the region.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, also known as SARS‑CoV‑2, is the strain which causes COVID-19.

The World Health Organisation recommends the people of the region and also the governments maintain the necessary caution for SARS-CoV-2 while keeping the surveillance of medical conditions.

As per the epidemiological reports, it is advised to keep the health infrastructure strong and able to respond quickly as other kinds of possible outbreaks of communicable diseases like are also observed.

In the last year, it was mentioned by medical experts that in the regions of the Caribbean and the Americas, the cases of respiratory disease are increasing due to the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 primarily.

It is also recorded that cases of respiratory disease due to SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses are higher in the nations of the northern hemisphere in the winter.

Unexpectedly, some nations in the southern hemisphere are also recording a high number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 in these months, which was not predicted by medical experts.

This is seen as the possible upcoming outbreak of viruses like SARS-CoV-2, which will lead to more cases of respiratory disease in the near months.

It is advised to the nations of the Caribbean and the Americas to take precautions and detect the cases of respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 so that the conditions don’t get worse.

The medical experts asked nations in the region to be prepared to manage the increasing number of cases and hospitalisations. The efforts must be continued against the spread of the virus, and vaccination should be available for the high-risk areas with more populations.

World Health Organisation asked the countries of the region, “Keep healthcare infrastructure prepared and ready to respond to all departments for the possible elevation of cases and hospitalisations,  especially around the epidemic period of communicable diseases that needs high demand for care.”

The doctors and medical staff of the Caribbean and American region are already on high alert, and this advice from the World Health Organisation brought the situation into focus.

The nations of the regions which are not recording many cases realted to SARS-CoV-2 are also taking precautions.

The prior statements by the health ministry of the nations in the region mentioned that they are taking necessary measures to avoid the diseases caused by viruses.

And it is noticed that after the pandemic of COVID-19, many changes came in the medical infrastructure of the nations of the region and also the world.

People of the region are coming out with very divided opinions on this advisory given by the health organisation.

People who are taking it seriously are saying, “We must take this advice seriously. We saw what was the time when people were dying on the streets, and there were no medical facilities to save them. We don’t want that time back. We must follow the advice and take all precautions. It is not just the duty of doctors and government but also the citizens. Stay safe.”

On the other hand, the people who are not taking it seriously are saying, “Another day, another stupidity. We see this every day. This is just propaganda to make us scared. Nothing is going to happen. Just let us live our lives. We are not animals who will be captured inside the cages.”

Along with the World Health Organisation and Pan American Health Organisation also shared a similar kind of advisory, which highlighted the seriousness of the condition.