Weathering the pandemic: How the Caribbean Basin can use viral and environmental patterns to predict, prepare, and respond to COVID-19

David E. de Ángel Solá, Leyao Wang, Marietta Vázquez, Pablo A. Méndez-Lázaro

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Abstract

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is developing at different paces throughout the world. Some areas, like the Caribbean Basin, have yet to see the virus strike at full force. When it does, there is reasonable evidence to suggest the consequent COVID-19 outbreaks will overwhelm healthcare systems and economies. This is particularly concerning in the Caribbean as pandemics can have disproportionately higher mortality impacts on lower and middle-income countries. Preliminary observations from our team and others suggest that temperature and climatological factors could influence the spread of this novel coronavirus, making spatiotemporal predictions of its infectiousness possible. This review studies geographic and time-based distribution of known respiratory viruses in the Caribbean Basin in an attempt to foresee how the pandemic will develop in this region. This review is meant to aid in planning short- and long-term interventions to manage outbreaks at the international, national, and subnational levels in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1460-1468
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Volume92
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • pandemic
  • seasonal incidence

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