SARS-CoV-2 in the Amazon region: A harbinger of doom for Amerindians

Juan David Ramírez, Emilia Mia Sordillo, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Carol Zavaleta, Daniel Caplivski, Juan Carlos Navarro, James Lee Crainey, Sergio Luiz Bessa Luz, Lourdes A. Delgado Noguera, Roxane Schaub, Cyril Rousseau, Giovanny Herrera, Maria A. Oliveira-Miranda, Maria Teresa Quispe-Vargas, Peter J. Hotez, Alberto Paniz Mondolfi

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As the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic contin-ues to expand, healthcare resources globally have been spread thin. Now, the disease is rapidly spreading across South America, with deadly consequences in areas with already weakened public health systems. The Amazon region is particularly susceptible to the wide-spread devastation from Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) because of its immunologi-cally fragile native Amerindian inhabitants and epidemiologic vulnerabilities. Herein, we discuss the current situation and potential impact of COVID-19 in the Amazon region and how further spread of the epidemic wave could prove devastating for many Amerindian people living in the Amazon rainforest.

Translated title of the contributionSARS-CoV-2 en la región amazónica: Un presagio de la muerte para los amerindios
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0008686
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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