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adminee
3/20/2020 12:48 EST


This new thread is intended for non-political posts about coronavirus. Please share information that will help other expats in your area and elsewhere in Uruguay. This is vital. Share updates on hospitals and other testing locations, business and school closures, government updates, locked down areas, travel restrictions, where to get food, medications and other necessities.



Please also use this thread as a place to support one another in these uncertain and stressful times. There are expats on this forum (many of whom read and don't post) who are living alone and very far from family. A few kind words can make a difference in someone's day. If you want to debate the politics of how the situation is being handled in your country and other countries, PLEASE keep that off of this thread.



I lived in NYC on 9/11 and remember with humbling clarity how people came together at that time. That event changed me forever and thinking of it always bring tears to my eyes, but the kindness of strangers is what I remember most. When you look back at this time one day, you will remember the kindness of strangers. Please be kind.

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Expat91364
4/8/2020 08:10 EST

So now that we know that masks really do help curtail the spread why aren’t people wearing them?

Took a walk yesterday and passed by a small shopping center. 20 people on line outside the Red Pagos, all maintaining a meter or more space but not one with a mask, scarf or bandanna over their face.

I wore a mask and mostly got looks from people like the mask means I am infected! It means I don’t know if I am infected or not as I could be asymptomatic but want to protect myself and others..

Lessons learned in Asia are that everyone should wear a cloth mask if not the N95 kind. Urge people to cover their faces!

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pdeuyu
4/8/2020 09:27 EST

I am pretty sure that people dont use the masks for the same reason that they dont use seatbelts or helmets. Also, I think there is a false sense of security here because there are not that many cases and I have been told on several occasions by Uruguayans (I dont know if it was a joke or not) that they have strong blood, no need to worry if your not old or sick.

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Suzu44
4/8/2020 09:42 EST

Agree with the mask use! Who knows if we are contagious even if we are symptom free? I wear one and thicker kitchen gloves too when I shop. Better safe than sorry!

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pjantares
4/8/2020 11:25 EST

Are you in Montevideo? Other cities have a shortage of masks and people have to make their own out of scarves and hope it works.

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Jubi
4/8/2020 11:40 EST

I was locked out of UY when the borders closed. I am temporarily stuck in the US.

The US too, cannot get masks. I have tried several times to order online only to have them cancelled last minute. Hopefully, that is due to their being needed for health care workers and the masks are finding their way to those poor men and women struggling to care for the ill.

If I can obtain the masks, I definitely will bring them with me when I can return. Thanks for confirming the shortage. That was very useful information.

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Morell
4/8/2020 12:15 EST

Farmashop are showing three different face masks on their website including the N95.

(Farmashop tapabocas)

It says they are all available.

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pdeuyu
4/10/2020 12:56 EST

I have a question to ask you that I was asked by a Uruguayan when I told them about this post.

If people are lined up around the entire Intendencia in Maldonado to get a bag of food what makes you think they would spend money on a mask instead of food. Or cut up a shirt to put over their face. Or go buy a scarf or other face covering if they don't already have it. It is a great idea but people are worried about not starving to death and that will happen way before they get the virus.

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Vortice
4/10/2020 16:22 EST

In Pan de Azucar and Piriápolis I saw about 10-20% of people wearing masks the last time I went out, on March 27. I'll need to get a couple weeks supply again next week and will see how many are masked then. I felt weird going into BROU Pan de Azucar w/ a mask, only one person at a time, and I lowered my mask to show my face to the masked Policia at the door who nodded. I was grateful that I was allowed to wear the mask inside.
FYI shopping protocol we're using:
Before exiting the car don heavy rubber gloves and mask, have sanitizer in pocket when leaving car. Wipe down handle of cart before using. Shop with care not to touch face, the gloves help remind one not to touch. Pay with credit card not cash/change. Load all into previously sanitized shopping bags. Before stowing groceries and entering car, sanitize gloves. Once inside, remove gloves, sanitize hands. Once home, don gloves and remove all groceries to a staging area outside the home to sanitize them. I use a spray bottle w/ 90% alcohol & 1 drop dishsoap and wipe all packages down. (not the veges, they get extra washing in plain water). Products can also be left outside for a few days to sanitize naturally as long as they are secure/protected. Clothing I wore to town goes directly into the washing machine. I shower, and credit card gets alcohol cleaning as well as all shopping bags too.
This is a hassle but is not likely to change anytime soon, it is prudent behavour. A close friend in the states lost his mom in New Orleans and he has not responded to emails in 2 weeks.... Be safe. We are grateful to live in Uruguay, as the states seem unprepared for anything.

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Suzu44
4/10/2020 16:58 EST

Superb advice above on hygienically shopping, sanitizing and storing groceries! Heed this advice and be prepared to keep doing it for a long time. Your life could depend on it! This will keep Uruguay safer...

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Expat91364
5/8/2020 19:07 EST

Update from PdE and Maldonado. Restaurants are starting to reopen, tables farther apart and less available but is off season so not busy anyway. Mask required to enter but Tapabocas (masks) available everywhere and required to enter the restaurant but you can take off when eating . They were spraying tables chairs menus etc down with alcohol

Still out walking most people aren’t using them and they insist on walking too close to me!

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mahoba53
5/22/2020 14:09 EST

the following link has useful information on the current health crisis in Uruguay

https://uruguayproperty.com/uruguay-no-1-en-america-latina-en-ganar-batalla-de-covid-19/?lang=en

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Whatsinaname
6/10/2020 19:31 EST

Does anyone know when the government will be allowing international flights in??

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Morell
6/10/2020 19:52 EST

The most recent information is to allow foreigners whose entry into the country involves ?? family reunification with parents, spouses, minor or older children with disabilities.
Aliens will also allowed to enter for labor, economic, business or judicial purposes with appropriate approvals from the Department of Immigration
Whether airlines will feel there are sufficient passengers to make a flight profitable is not known.

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Whatsinaname
6/12/2020 14:19 EST

Thanks for the update.

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