Coronavirus in Atlantida, Uruguay
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March 29, 2020 Update
Today is March 29, Yesterday we had the first death in the country, just one hour from here. Now the total of officially confirmed sick people is 304, with 8 on Intensive Care. All the borders are officially close, but the border with Brazil is almost impossible to completely seal due to the historical integration between the 2 countries on a few spots.
Here in the Atlantida are there are at least 2 confirmed cases, and surprisingly people continue to gather here and there especially in the open markets (ferias) that happen a few days a week. Instead of reseting each food stands far from each other because there is enough space to do so, they continue to gather almost one next to each other.
Prices of food are also another issue as they continue to rise.
Soon will be cold there and then fresh food and fruits will be more scarce and prices will rise as they do normally in the winter, only this time they will be more expensive.
Mar 16, 2020 Update
We Asked: What is currently happening with regard to the Coronavirus outbreak in your area? Please provide as much detail as possible. He replied...
Gov is waiting to see what happens, citzens continue to greating with kisses and hugs, busses full, business as usual and the number of seek people continue to raise. Soon will be winter. This has everything required to become a disaster. I hope i am super wrong.
How People are Coping
We Asked: How are people handling the situation in your area? He replied...
Business as usual.
Changing Conditions as coronavirus Spreads
We Asked: How has the situation changed as the Coronavirus has spread? He replied...
Almost no changes. Kids dont have to go to school but they are playing on the streets.
We Asked: Describe how the government of the country about which you are reporting is handling this situation. He replied...
They are slowing reating with weak measures because they are afraid of the loss of revenew.
Government Response with Regard to Expats
We Asked: Describe how your home country's government has handled the outbreak situation with regards to its expatriate citizens. He replied...
Expats are treated the same as nationals
Supplies and Shortages
We Asked: Is there a shortage of supplies in your location? He replied...
Only mask n95 and alcool is in short supply so far.
Lockdown & Passing the Time
We Asked: Are you staying home? If so, how are you passing the time?
In home, reading and catching up with the news.
Public Healthcare & Public Hospitals
We Asked: Are you enrolled in the public healthcare system where you live? Do you feel that the public hospitals are handling or preparing for the Coronavirus outbreak effectively? He replied...
I am enrolled in the public system. Last week i went to a hospital for a cardiogram and had the chance to see that no one was using masks and they were greeting co-workers with kisses and hugs.
Private Health Insurance & Private Hospitals
We Asked: Do you have private health insurance? If you have private insurance, does this give you access to private hospitals? Are private hospitals or clinics better prepared, less prepared, or the same? Please explain. He replied...
Private sector seems better because the free system is gonna be overwhelmed eventually.
Hospital of Choice for Coronavirus Treatment
We Asked: Would you choose a public or private hospital if you needed treatment for Coronavirus? Why? If there is a specific hospital that you would go to in the event of severe illness? Which hospital and why? He replied...
The best hospital is the British Hospital, but is too expensive.
We Asked: Are you considering returning to your home country due to the Coronavirus? Would this be a temporary move or a permanent repatriation? Please explain. He replied...
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