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 sub-national levels in the region. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • pandemic
  • seasonal incidence

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