The first confirmed case of Coronavirus in El Salvador was reported on March, 18th 2020. Even though the country was already under a state of emergency, since March 11th. The individual, arriving from Italy, entered the country through an illegal border crossing or blind spot. Patient zero was identified in the city of Matapan, in the department of Santa Ana.
Status of COVID-19 patients.
If you live in El Salvador and have an emergency related to coronavirus, you can call 132 from any Salvadoran phone network and ask for help or ask questions.
Local cases by department.
Main recommendations of the Salvadoran Government.
Indeed, the main recommendations of the Salvadoran Government at this moment are as follow:
- Practice separation, avoid crowds.
- Wash your hands often.
- Stay at home, only go out when you have to.
- Save on energy and water.
The goal of the administration is to prevent crowds of people from gathering in public places. Therefore, reducing the possibility of the virus from spreading.
Obviously, they also recommend following all health recommendations set by the Salvadoran health minister.
Coronavirus El Salvador. Symptoms.
According to the world health organization (WHO), coronavirus is a respiratory disease that affects different people in different ways.
Most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and can recover without requiring special treatment. Nonetheless, it is essential to specify that individuals with medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe symptoms.
The most common symptoms include:
- Dry cough.
Other symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Aches and pains.
- Sore throat.
- And very few people will report diarrhea, nausea or a runny nose.
People in El Salvador with mild symptoms should self-isolate and contact 132 for advice and to know what to do next.
Lastly, people with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should call 132 as well; but should seek medical attention right away.
Nayib Bukele and his Administration.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, President Nayib Bukele and his administration have demonstrated a readiness to prevent the coronavirus from getting to El Salvador.
And now that the country has positive coronavirus cases, the government is implementing steps to prevent the virus from spreading in the territory.
Some of you might disagree with some of the decisions the president and his administration have taken thus far. The government decisions have affected everyday life for many Salvadorans, especially those traveling and for small businesses.
Coronavirus El Salvador. My point of view.
Personally, I believe that President Nayib Bukele and his administration have done a fantastic job when it comes to handling this pandemic.
When the crisis is concluded, and we know everything that transpired. Everyone, including me, is going to judge the president and his administration for everything that they did, the good and the bad.
There are a lot of people who don’t like Nayib Bukele because of the way he is governing; nonetheless, it is difficult to say that he has failed so far when it comes to this issue.
To sum up, some of you might disagree with me on how I see things. Nonetheless, I hope that at the end of this crisis, El Salvador is a country with the lowest number of coronavirus cases in Central America.