Coronavirus in Medellin, Colombia
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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...
Colombia has closed all schools, and is in an emergency shut down. Only residents are permitted to fly into the country. All borders are closed. No large gatherings over 50 people. restaurants and bars have been ordered to close.
How People are Coping
We Asked: How are people handling the situation in your area? He replied...
Started to be a little more anxious but keeping a sense of calm.
Changing Conditions as coronavirus Spreads
We Asked: How has the situation changed as the Coronavirus has spread? He replied...
Changing drastically every 24 hours.
We Asked: Describe how the government of the country about which you are reporting is handling this situation. He replied...
Colombia is being very pro-active and providing the public with up to date information. We are very impressed how they are responding.
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...
Fantastic! No discrimination!
Supplies and Shortages
We Asked: Is there a shortage of supplies in your location? He replied...
Hand sanitizer so far.
Preparing for the Future
We Asked: What are you doing in terms of preparations in case the situation deteriorates in your location? He replied...
We have stocked up on food and supplies and cash and are good for 30-45 days.
Lockdown & Passing the Time
We Asked: Are you staying home? If so, how are you passing the time?
Once ordered by the government we will stay home.
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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...
Yes. We are in the International health care system and have full confidence in it.
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...
Pay as we go, if needed, at great rates and the 22 nd best health care system in the world according to WHO.
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...
We would go to where ever our private doctor advises us to go.
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...
We would not return to the United States. We are much safer here with leaders that know how to make decisions and keep its citizens safe.
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