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COVID-19 Pandemic: An Insult Over Injury for Lebanon.

Authors
  • Bizri, Abdul Rahman1, 2, 3
  • Khachfe, Hussein H4, 5
  • Fares, Mohamad Y6, 7, 8
  • Musharrafieh, Umayya1, 9
  • 1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
  • 2 National Committee for Communicable Diseases, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
  • 3 COVID-19 Taskforce, Lebanese Society for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
  • 4 Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, P.O. Box: 11-0236, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
  • 5 Neuroscience Research Center, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
  • 6 Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, P.O. Box: 11-0236, Beirut, Lebanon. [email protected] , (Lebanon)
  • 7 Neuroscience Research Center, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. [email protected] , (Lebanon)
  • 8 College of Medical, Veterinary, and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. [email protected]
  • 9 Department of Family Medicine, Director, COVID-19 Clinic, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. , (Lebanon)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of community health
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2021
Volume
46
Issue
3
Pages
487–493
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10900-020-00884-y
PMID: 32661861
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19) caused a plethora of challenges worldwide and tested healthcare systems across the six continents. Lebanon had recently faced harsh political and economic crises. We aim to describe the effect of COVID-19 on an already crisis-stricken country. A descriptive analysis of the burden of COVID-19 pandemic on Lebanon was performed. Relevant data on COVID-19 was retrieved from the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health from February 21 till June 13th, 2020. Results obtained were analyzed and a literature review was performed. 1422 confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified and reported in Lebanon by June 13th, 2020, comprising an incidence rate of 208/million persons. There has been a total of 31 deaths thus far, with a reported death rate of 5/million persons. The age group with the highest number of cases was 20-29 years. Beirut was the district with the highest number of cases (18%). The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the country on a multifactorial level. COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for Lebanon. The country is on brink of bankruptcy, the healthcare system is struggling for survival and the government is striving to regain the trust of the population.

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