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Can third world countries fight against Covid-19?

Asked by Zed (66points) 2 months ago

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte obviously tired of these people who aren’t obeying such simple instructions. Stay at home is stay at home. The cases here in the Philippines are clearly rising due to the lack of discipline some people have. He stated something about the distribution of supplies, yet a lot of people are acting like he isnt doing anything about the situation right now. He has been leading our country for years now, and Im still surprised some of you guys dont get what he is saying. I know his choice of words are not that good, but hey, he is making a fair point. At first, the way he deliver his thoughts is kinda disrespectful but as time pass by Im kinda used to the way he talks, thats just how he is. Who am I kidding, some of you guys still wouldn’t get it.

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snowberry's avatar

@Zed most of the folks on this site are from the USA. I think I am speaking for the majority of us, that we have no idea what the present situation is in the Philippines is. It’s always good to get a firsthand view of situations on the other side of the world.

Please give us more information on conditions in your country. Thanks!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Of course it can fight. The question is how long before the first world gets a handle on the disease, and is able to divert its attention to the 3rd. I fear for those in the gap.

zenvelo's avatar

Ordering the police and the military to shoot people protesting the nation’s lockdown over the coronavirus is not a very good way to earn support.

Duterte is a thug, who only sees killing people as a way of getting things done. That means anything he declares to solve a problem like Covid 19 will be questioned. Go ask people who live in Market Three if they trust him.

kritiper's avatar

Yes, but not as effectively as developed nations.

RocketGuy's avatar

Social distancing is a cheap, effective strategy that 3rd World countries can do. It’s just a matter of doing it.

snowberry's avatar

The people in some third world countries often have a very difficult time socially distancing because it’s totally not part of their culture. One of my daughters has been working in West Africa on the Mercy Ship. Many times patients would need to be quarantined because of an illness, but they found it so painful they cried the entire time that they were isolated. It was relatively easy to enforce social distancing for these individuals because Mercy Ship medical professionals were there to make it happen. Asking them to voluntarily do this as individuals in such a culture is not going to be very effective.

The concept of actually having to be physically away from other people is excruciating for them.

I’m not saying that’s true of every third world country, but it is the case there.

raum's avatar

Different countries rely on different infrastructures. Shifting to social distancing model intensifies inequities of wealth and information.

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