COVID-19 Physician Deaths in Peru: A Result of An Underfunded and Fragmented Healthcare System

8 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2020

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Luis Gonzales-Tamayo

Hospital Stella Maris

Mariano Arevalo-Oropeza

Clínica Internacional

Jaime A. Yanez

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas; Teoma Global

Date Written: August 10, 2020

Abstract

Peru has an underfunded and precarious healthcare system, which has reflected in a high number of physician deaths because of COVID-19. Insufficient and inadequate distribution of PPE to physicians have been identified as a main cause of physicians’ deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. We illustrate the case of a physician in Peru using regular plastic bags as an improvised PPE in an effort to protect himself during the examination of a possible COVID-19 patient.

Note: Funding: None to declare

Declaration of Interest: None to declare

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, physician, death, Peru

Suggested Citation

Gonzales-Tamayo, Luis and Arevalo-Oropeza, Mariano and Yanez, Jaime A., COVID-19 Physician Deaths in Peru: A Result of An Underfunded and Fragmented Healthcare System (August 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676849 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3676849

Luis Gonzales-Tamayo

Hospital Stella Maris ( email )

Sao Paulo
Brazil

Mariano Arevalo-Oropeza

Clínica Internacional ( email )

Lima
Peru

Jaime A. Yanez (Contact Author)

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas ( email )

Prolongación Primavera 2390, Monterrico
Lima, Lima
Peru

Teoma Global ( email )

Avenida Santa Cruz 348
Lima, Lima
Peru

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