“Here, you can die for a million other reasons before COVID-19.”
In Syria, 9 years of relentless conflict that have made the virus almost impossible to track or contain.
- Thousands of cases are likely spread across government-held areas.
- 70% of the country’s medical professionals have left the country since fighting began
- Hospital bed capacity is a third of international standards.
Plus: The ever-presence of government security forces deter many from seeking medical care and make it dangerous to criticize response efforts.