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Public health and Covid-19 in Puerto Rico

Healthcare in Puerto Rico

The effectiveness of the health care system in Puerto Rico is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Puerto Rico is 76.7 years for men and 83.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Puerto Rico

18th calendar week (05/02/2022 to 05/08/2022): 151.1 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By May 9th, 2022, 578117 infected persons and 4203 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 578,117 infected people represent 18.10% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 18th calendar week was 33,775 , representing 151.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Puerto Rico results in a mortality rate of 0.7%. It should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 544,342 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Puerto Rico a new mortality rate of 0.7%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
18/202233,77522
17/202223,65019
16/202221,9806
15/20229,0598
14/20225,6077
13/20222,71611
12/20221,7195
11/20221,6484
10/20221,19515
09/20221,41025

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height179 cm163 cm
BMI28.428.6
Weight90.7 kg76.0 kg

Diseases

Puerto RicoØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.70%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.00%0.13%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.



Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in Puerto RicoThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Puerto Rico is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.3 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 5,590 physicians in Puerto Rico, there are about 1.75 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.



Supply with drinking water

As one of the few countries, Puerto Rico offers almost its entire population (99.86 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The percentage of population reached by additional supply from springs and wells or delivered drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: LIfe expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 123 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?