SASTA is following the outbreak of COVID-19 with great concern that the Arab countries are going to suffer a major spread of the disease as a third wave after China and Europe waves. Similar to Iran, the population are not taking it as serious or some governments are not taking the appropriate measures or took it too late and the virus is already spreading rapidly. “The Health systems of all the Arab countries will not be able to cope with the kind of morbidity and mortality that Italy is going through, which has a much more advanced health system” Said Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, Chair of the Board of SASTA and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of California San Diego. “The worst is yet to come for countries such as Syria, Iraq, Libya,Yemen, Sudan and other countries in conflict and civil strife” he predicted. Dr. Al-Delaimy provided an Arabic Language educational youtube about the Corona Virus aimed at educating and alerting the Arab populations.
You can watch the video here.