EDITORIALJOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF HUMAN MEDICINE 2020 - Universidad Ricardo Palma
1Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Biomédicas, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima -Perú.
aPHD in Medical sciences.
The epidemic and pandemic of COVID-19 constitute an unprecedented public health emergency, it arrived in Latin America, first in Brazil, then in Ecuador; The first cases in Peru were registered as of March 6, 2020(1). The correct response of the Government of Peru decreed a state of national emergency and mandatory social isolation, initially for 14 days, with the aim of reducing the exposure and transmission of the Coronavirus. It assigned economic funds for 3 million poor families in Peru, during social isolation(2).
The repercussions of COVID-19 are huge, at a social, economic, cultural, and educational level, of course, on the country's health system and your staff. Borders, universities, shops, restaurants are closed. The Pension Fund Administrators (AFP for its acronym in Spanish) announced to be affected quickly, generating significant losses to users. All of this is unpredictable and, just the tip of the iceberg.
Now more than ever, doctors and health workers are the most valuable resource in every country.
The picture is clear, as millions of people around the world stay home to minimize the spread of coronavirus and severe acute respiratory syndrome, doctors and healthcare workers prepare to do just the opposite; they will go to hospitals, clinics and health centers, putting themselves at high risk of COVID-19. Experiences in China and Italy show that 20% of health workers were infected and only in China, 22 of them had died(3).
The situation in hospitals is complex. There is Not only and intense pressure in the triage services, but physical and mental exhaustion, the torment of difficult decisions and the pain of losing patients and colleagues appear, all this in addition to the risk of infection.
Table 1. Cases of COVID-19 infection in health satff, Peru (on date 03/20/2020 - 7:00 p.m.).
Correspondence: Jhony A. De La Cruz Vargas.
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