Refugees in the COVID-19
Keywords:Asylum, Covid-19, Exacerbated, Health Risks, Refugees, Ultimatum
COVID-19 brought about most unprecedented public health and socio-economic crisis in our lifetime. It
affects us all, especially the vulnerable populations, which refugees and migrants often find themselves in.
COVID-19 could have even more dire consequences in refugees camps than in general populations.Refugees
and migrants are potentially at increased risk of contracting diseases, including COVID-19, because they
typically live in overcrowded conditions without access to basic sanitation. The ability to access health-care
services in humanitarian settings is usually compromised and exacerbated by shortages of medicines and
lack of health-care facilities. Moreover, refugees typically face administrative, financial, legal and language
barriers to access the health system.
Forced migration is at record highs in 2020, with around 70.8 million people around the world being forcibly
displaced. The risk of communicating the novel covid 19 increases in case of the refugees because they
come from the diverse regions of the world which might be facing a higher risk to lives due to the pandemic.
Therefore, the health professionals need to be more vigilant.
As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
is monitoring COVID-19 risk in each destination and making travel recommendations. Travel Health
Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease
outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in destinations around the world.
The sudden outbreak of the pandemic has posed a serious ultimatum to the world of providing proper
shelter, asylum and healthcare facilities to the refugees. However, public health professionals, community
organizations as World Health Organization (WHO) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
resettlement agencies, and healthcare providers can assist refugees arriving in the United States by providing
them with information they need to protect themselves from COVID-19.
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