Puerto Rico's COVID-19 Outbreak Curtails Vacation Plans
According to U.S. data, despite having less than 1% of the U.S. population, Puerto Rico now accounts for about 7% of all COVID-19 cases reported last week.
This COVID-19 outbreak is unusual since Puerto Rico’s 2-dose vaccination program has reached about 78% of the island’s population, far exceeding the U.S. national average of just 66.3%.
The Puerto Rico Department of Health's website says 'Experts continue to conduct studies to assess the effect of the COVID-19 vaccine on the severity of illness in COVID-19 cases, as well as its ability to prevent people from spreading the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.'
According to reporting by Medriva on May 10, 2022, Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi believes that the 'time for mandates has passed and that it is now up to individual citizens to exercise “civic responsibility” in deciding what actions to take and when.'
Additionally, the Dengue virus is endemic in Puerto Rico and more than 100 countries in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Most of Puerto Rico's dengue cases confirmed during 2021-2022 are in the San Juan area.
Dengue can be prevented with the Dengvaxia vaccine; however, it is available under various restrictions.
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