A Couple of Countries with a Plan
Amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic!
The World Health Organization has decided to designate the novel coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic, citing the rapid spread of Covid-19 to new countries and the exponential increase in cases over the last two weeks. In a press conference, WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that “pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly,” and that “all countries can still change the course of this pandemic.” This story’s headline has been updated to reflect WHO’s statement. Source
In Costa Rica - The Medical Manager of the Social Security System (Caja), Mario Ruiz Cubillo, told CRHoy that the public health system will offer free treatment to those presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.
This applies if the patient is uninsured, has an irregular immigration record or is a foreign tourist.The free care is being extended to those with a fever over 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit), respiratory difficulties, dry cough and some epidemiological link to a coronavirus case.
“We have decided that all people that present symptoms … will be attended to,” Ruiz said. “Afterward, we’ll see how we manage — if we’ll offer them national insurance, or how else we’d proceed — but the important thing is they will be attended to.” Source
So proud of Costa Rica!!!
In Mexico - "Health authorities recommend that if there is someone with suspicious symptoms, they should not attend hospitals or urgencies. You must isolate yourself at your home and contact the phone of the Epidemiological Intelligence Unit (UIES). And they'll go to the home to take the sample." Source - from the Unit of Epidemiological Intelligence (UIES)
In the Uniteds States ???
In the meantime, strenghten your immune sysytem (this is important and there are many things you can do) so that you will be less likely to catch the virus, as it looks like us folks over 60 are more suseptible to the virus.
And of course...
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!
Avoid crowded spaces
Use hand sanitizer - you can make your own
Work from home if you can