PAHO urges preparation for “dual threat” of hurricane season and COVID-19

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    PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne (Image via PAHO)

    PAHO is calling on national and local authorities to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season.

    Dr Carissa Etienne also warned that COVID-19 and the potential devastation of high winds and flooding make preparation even more critical than usual.

    She says steps must be taken to ensure that health services are fully operational to save lives and protect the well-being of populations before, during and after hurricanes.

    She adds that efforts must also be made to ensure that emergency care, hospitalization, ICU beds, labs, and quarantine and isolation centers are protected and functional.

    June 1st marked the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is forecast to have a 60% chance of above-normal activity.

    PAHO says it is working to provide emergency supplies and assist in securing critical facilities in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.