Although the Covid-19 pandemic was spread around the world by people who could afford to travel by airplanes and cruise ships, the coronavirus now threatens the socially invisible and forgotten communities of urban slums.
About a billion people live in slums — defined by the United Nations as human settlements with inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, poor housing quality, overcrowding and insecure residential status.
Infectious disease epidemics tend to spread into slums. Cases of Covid-19 infection have already been reported from Dharavi in Mumbai, India; Orangi Town in Karachi, Pakistan; and Payatas in Manila. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa between 2014 and 2016 was largely driven by the virus entering the large and densely populated urban slums of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.… Seguir leyendo »