COVID-19 in Latin America: a humanitarian crisis

The Lancet
Nov 07, 2020 Volume 396 Number 10261 p1463-1534, e73-e82


COVID-19 in Latin America: a humanitarian crisis
The Lancet
Latin America has some of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world. Why? For outsiders, much of the discussion of COVID-19 in Latin America has focused on Brazil and the errors of President Jair Bolsonaro. But the region as a whole is facing a humanitarian crisis borne out of political instability, corruption, social unrest, fragile health systems, and perhaps most importantly, longstanding and pervasive inequality—in income, health care, and education—which has been woven into the social and economic fabric of the region…