Study Reveals Most Venezuelan Households Are Vulnerable to Covid-19

 

A recent study reveals that more than 57 percent of Venezuelans' home conditions make them more vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19. Also, 63 percent live in conditions making it harder to comply with Venezuelan precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19.

ANOVA Policy Research, an evidence-based research organization in Caracas, Venezuela, compiled the study results in a recent article. The data comes from a survey that interviewed Venezuelan households nationwide with varying degrees of social status at the end of 2020. 

The study measured direct factors that increase an individual’s risk of acquiring severe Covid-19. These include age, access to healthcare, rate of chronic diseases, and hygiene. It also measured indirect factors that can affect a Venezuelan family’s ability to abide by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. They include food insecurity and the ability to work from home. 

Many of these measures showed the harsh realities that Venezuelan households experience regularly:

  • More than 95 percent of households don’t have access to an effective health insurance system. 
  • Almost 20 percent of households say they haven’t been able to access medicines to treat a health condition. 
  • Almost 40 percent of households don’t have access to running water. 
  • Close to 20 percent of households say at least one family member stops eating a meal a day because of food shortages.

With all of these factors, the study approximates more than half of the population lives in conditions that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19. 

According to the Miami Herald, Venezuela’s vaccine campaign has barely begun. Thus far, the country has received 700,000 doses, most of which were donated by China’s Sinopharm, far short of the amount needed to vaccinate the population of 25 million. The slow vaccine rollout, along with the emergence of a potentially more dangerous variant, has put the country’s medical system on edge.

US News reports Venezuela – with rampant poverty and an already damaged health care system – represents an extremely dire situation.  "We are the worst-case scenario," said Dr. Julio Castro, a member of the COVID-19 Technical Experts Commission with the interim government of Venezuela. "We need urgent logistics, urgent help."

Coronavirus Cases in Venezuela
Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/venezuela/

 

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