The impact of SARS‐CoV‐2 in dementia across Latin America: A call for an urgent regional plan and coordinated response


Ibanez A, Santamaria-Garcia H, Guerrero Barragan A, Kornhuber A, Ton AMM, Slachevsky A, Teixeira AL, Mar Meza BM, Serrano CM, Cano C, Arias Gonzalez C, Gonzalez-Billault C, Butler C, Bustin J, Duran-Aniotz C, Acosta D, Matallana DL, Acosta-Alvear D, Trépe

 

Ibanez A, Santamaria-Garcia H, Guerrero Barragan A, Kornhuber A, Ton AMM, Slachevsky A, Teixeira AL, Mar Meza BM, Serrano CM, Cano C, Arias Gonzalez C, Gonzalez-Billault C, Butler C, Bustin J, Duran-Aniotz C, Acosta D, Matallana DL, Acosta-Alvear D, Trépel D, Resende EDPF, de Oliveira FF, Ibanez F, De Felice FG, Navarrete G, Tarnanas I, Meier IB, Smid J, Llibre-Guerra J, Llibre-Rodriguez JJ, Fajersztajn L, Takada LT, Duque L, Okada de Oliveira M, Bicalho MAC, Behrens MI, Pintado-Caipa M, Parra M, Wilson MZ, De La Cruz Puebla M, Custodio N, Santibanez R, Serafim RB, Tavares RM, Piña Escudero SD, Leon Rodriguez T, Dawson W, Miller BL, Kosik KS (2020). The impact of SARS-CoV-2 in dementia across Latin America: A call for an urgent regional plan and coordinated response. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions 6, https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12092

 
 
The SARS‐CoV‐2 global pandemic will disproportionately impact countries with weak economies and vulnerable populations including people with dementia. Latin American and Caribbean countries (LACs) are burdened with unstable economic development, fragile health systems, massive economic disparities, and a high prevalence of dementia. Here, we underscore the selective impact of SARS‐CoV‐2 on dementia among LACs, the specific strain on health systems devoted to dementia, and the subsequent effect of increasing inequalities among those with dementia in the region. Implementation of best practices for mitigation and containment faces particularly steep challenges in LACs. Based upon our consideration of these issues, we urgently call for a coordinated action plan, including the development of inexpensive mass testing and multilevel regional coordination for dementia care and related actions. Brain health diplomacy should lead to a shared and escalated response across the region, coordinating leadership, and triangulation between governments and international multilateral networks.

 

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Ibanez A, Santamaria-Garcia H, Guerrero Barragan A, Kornhuber A, Ton AMM, Slachevsky A, Teixeira AL, Mar Meza BM, Serrano CM, Cano C, Arias Gonzalez C, Gonzalez-Billault C, Butler C, Bustin J, Duran-Aniotz C, Acosta D, Matallana DL, Acosta-Alvear D, Trépe
Martes, Noviembre 17, 2020