Everyone on Planet Earth is now talking about the coronavirus, which has manifested in over 1.6 million cases with over 88,000 deaths. The USA has registered over 489,646 cases and is now above every other country. Spain and Italy followed by 157,253 and 147,577 cases.
Although the virus has moved freely around the world, it is a surprise that it has now ended up in the Amazon indigenous group, even though they are far from the outside world and far from China, where the virus originated.
On Wednesday, Brazil confirmed the first case of this new virus among the Yanomami, one of the Amazon’s indigenous groups known for their remoteness and susceptibility to foreign diseases.
This was confirmed by Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta during the press conference, who said that it was very worrying. He added that there should be triple caution with indigenous communities, especially for those who have little contact with the outside world.
The confirmed case is a 15-year-old Yanomami boy who is currently being hospitalized in the intensive care unit of one medical facility in Boa Vista, which is the capital of the northern state of Roraima.
Brazil has now confirmed over seven cases among the indigenous population. They first confirmed a 20-year-old woman from the Kokama ethnic group a week ago.
Brazil which is home to over 800,000 indigenous people from more than 300 ethnic groups has confirmed over 19,638 cases with 1,057 deaths from the virus.
The Yanomami, known for their face painting and intricate piercings, make up only 27,000 in the group.
These indigenous groups, which were largely disconnected from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century, are very susceptible to diseases such as malaria and measles.
The group is also susceptible to imported diseases from the outside world. They have no vaccine or vaccination and because they are so isolated from the outside world and their diseases, they have not developed immunity to these germs and bacteria.
So it’s more terrible than a virus-like COVID-19 can wipe out the entire population. Dr. Sofia Mendonca, a researcher at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, said there is an incredible risk that the virus will spread to local communities and be wiped out.
Just like the rest of the world, older people in these indigenous groups are at much higher risk of dying from the disease. Experts are now saying that the virus will cause chaos in the group because older people impart wisdom and organize social functions.
Some communities in these indigenous groups are now taking mitigation measures. They break up into smaller groups equipped with hunting supplies to isolate themselves from the outbreak.
Something should be done to protect the community and avoid what happened in the 1960s when the measles outbreak killed almost 9 percent of the population. While many of these communities do not have access to facilities necessary to slow the spread, they are very vulnerable. They also have little for medical care.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.