Corona virus and healthcare on the Virgin Islands

Healthcare on the Virgin Islands

Healthcare on the Virgin Islands is rather above average in a worldwide 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 on the Virgin Islands is 76.3 years for men and 83.0 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.0 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus on the Virgin Islands

Currently: 12.6 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By January 18th, 2021, 2260 infected persons and 24 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 2,260 infected people represent 2.1% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 2nd calendar week (// to //) was 94 , representing 12.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.

Covid 19 virus infected on the Virgin Islands
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus on the Virgin Islands

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, on the Virgin Islands results in a mortality rate of 1.1%. However, 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.

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
02/2021940
01/20211110
53/2020511
52/2020830
51/2020930
50/20201790
49/20201050
48/2020400
47/2020700
46/2020290

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height0 cm0 cm
BMI0.00.0

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals on the Virgin Islands is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 18.7 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 175 physicians on the Virgin Islands, there are about 1.65 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.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 0 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

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 daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).