Refugees are at a higher risk of coronavirus, especially those in refugee camps. Dorien Braam, a PhD student who studies zoonotic diseases in displaced populations and Petra Molnar, a human rights lawyer at the University of Toronto released an article on the coronavirus situation in refugee camps. 

Humanitarian workers tried to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in refugee camps, but close and unhygienic living conditions make the disease more likely to spread. Refugees often live in close conditions and families will share sanitation facilities, which makes it hard to stop disease spread. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) said that lockdown in many areas was causing the delay of supply shipments, combined with increased demand for PPE, which means that many refugees are not receiving necessary supplies.

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Their article said, “Unfortunately, the most effective responses to COVID-19 such as testing, social distancing and quarantine are nearly impossible to implement in many displaced populations due to overpopulation of camps and shelters and inadequate access to resources. In , where families often share washing and sanitation facilities, disease control is difficult.”

Disease protection would be helped with better living conditions and asylum procedures for displaced populations. The UNHCR has stopped all resettlement travel indefinitely in light of the virus. Universal healthcare would also help to limit the transmission of coronavirus and help care for those most in need.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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