Corona virus and healthcare in Guam

Healthcare in Guam

The effectiveness of the health care system in Guam 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 Guam is 76.6 years for men and 83.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.4 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Guam

By January 18th, 2021, 7485 infected persons and 128 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 7,485 infected people represent 4.5% of the country's total population.

Covid 19 virus infected in Guam
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Guam

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 Guam results in a mortality rate of 1.7%. 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
02/2021624
01/2021961
53/2020572
52/2020591
51/20201052
50/20201025
49/20201861
48/20202696
47/20204288
46/20208889

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height0 cm0 cm
BMI0.00.0

Diseases

GuamØ worldwide
Diabetes *18.70%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.05%0.13%

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


Medical supplies

With about 181 physicians in Guam, there are about 1.08 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.

Supply with drinking water

As one of the few countries, Guam offers almost its entire population (99.54 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The proportion of the population that is reached by additional supply from springs and wells or supplied drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. 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 daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).