The country of Nicaragua and Gettysburg’s sister city of Leon watch with sadness the events unfolding in the United States, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages here. Almost everyone in Nicaragua knows someone who has died from what is officially labeled as pneumonia so as to hide the extent of COVID-19 infection.
A complication is that the rainy season brings more illness and death from other causes which plague the country, such as dengue and malaria. Nicaragua remains the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere. An out-of-control pandemic hits hardest at the poorest of this country, who lack not only medical resources but they lack even accurate prevention information.