The Nicaraguan government denies the existence of COVID19 in Nicaragua. In March and April 2020, the government organized mass rallies and celebrations. Many Nicaraguans have died of "atypical pneumonia" since the COVID19 pandemic has swept the rest of the world. In the eleven villages our health care project serves, our health care providers have been emphasizing the importance of frequent hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks. However, most of our clients are not wearing masks because they cannot afford to buy them. During our September mobile clinic visits to each of the villages, we will begin distributing washable double-layer fabric masks to our clients. So far, we have purchased 1,000 face masks at 50 cents each. But to provide all of our clients with face masks will require new donations of several thouand dollars.
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