For weeks now, the world has been facing a global crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, known as Coronavirus. Now, individual efforts, rapid action and international collaboration are key to face these difficulties that are coming and to diminish the negative impact, both for our societies and economies.

Therefore, in these moments of uncertainty, we must remain alert and follow the instructions of the authorities such as the World Health Organization.

Although the number of infections in our region is not as high as in other hemispheres, there are more than 100,000 cases worldwide and we must prepare. Preventive measures help protect the capacity of our health systems.

Some of the recommended actions are:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough with your elbow
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Seek medical attention if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Stay home if you have symptoms

At this time, we must show solidarity with the most vulnerable groups and cooperate with health institutions to tackle the virus.

I am convinced that in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as in the rest of the world, together we can move forward and work to be better prepared in the future. My solidarity with the people affected and remain strong at this time.

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