Dr. Julio Castro, who chairs the Commission of Health Experts to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, was one of the participants in the National Assembly session this Tuesday, March 23rd.
Castro explained through a videoconference that in Venezuela the epidemic could last two to three months in the country and the number of patients is going to spread and then stabilize.
The doctor said the threat of the coronavirus has spread notoriously around the world in the last 10 days, threatening the most vulnerable nations and forcing strong measures such as quarantine, closed borders and suspended flights.
The health expert reiterated that the consequences of the virus may be more profound in Venezuela than in the most organized countries in the world.
“There is an impact in all areas with a magnitude that has not been seen in a hundred years, this is a threat to our country, the situation in Venezuela is complicated by the vulnerability of the health system and the vulnerability of the citizens, with situations such as malnutrition and hygienic conditions throughout the country, make one think that the impact that this epidemic has in other parts of the world could be much greater in Venezuela,” he said after Congresswoman Maria Bolivar ceded the stand.
Castro reported that most organized nations estimate that the intensity rate at which the virus will occur is 40-50-60% of the general population
“Colombia estimates that the attack rate would be 10% of the general population, these numbers, including the figure given by Colombia in the Venezuelan scenario, would be a tragedy for our people. A 10% attack would generate approximately 300 to 350 thousand cases in three months, with a proportion of 20% of them requiring health services in our collapsed hospitals”.
#SesiónAN | Palabras del Dr. @juliocastrom: “Puede hacer en Venezuela consecuencias más profundas que se han registrado en países más organizados, la epidemia puede durar de dos a tres meses, el número de pacientes se va a expandir h luego se estabilizará”. pic.twitter.com/gJI0TxuW92
— Asamblea Nacional (@AsambleaVE) March 24, 2020