WILLEMSTAD – Health services in Brazil have probably detected infection with the new coronavirus for the first time.
It may therefore also be the first case of the coronavirus in South America. This is a 61-year-old man from São Paulo who has been in northern Italy between 9 and 21 February and is showing symptoms.
In Curaçao, epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth warns that the virus is getting closer.
“In Curaçao, no case of infection with the new coronavirus has yet been found, but the flu virus is coming. That’s for sure. Now that the virus has spread to several countries, the immigration detection list has been expanded,” says Dr. Gerstenbluth in an interview with Curaçao Chronicle. The entire interview will be available in the ‘Watch now’ section of the website.
Just like the epidemiologist said before, Gerstenbluth again repeats that “it is a matter of time” before an initial case of infection occurs. The virus is transmitted from person to person via the air, for example by sneezing and coughing, or with contaminated hands via eyes, nose, and mouth. “An epidemic is therefore difficult to prevent.”