CTAG Travelers Land in Havana

Cuba Tames COVID CTAG’s first travel group from Pittsburgh arrived on January 4, 2021 at Havana’s Jose Marti airport. Renewed Cuba travel was made possible by the country’s fast action to control Covid-19. When the pandemic struck the island in early 2020, a medical response protocol borne of having tamed malaria and dengue fever at home, and Ebola throughout Africa, sprung into action. Martialing thousands of healthcare workers to all parts of the island, Cuba’s Health Ministry has thus far limited COVID fatalities to 155 out of 12,000,000 citizens - roughly 13 per million! and exponentially fewer than anywhere in Latin America and the U.S. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/cuba/.

The country’s “immediate prevention and control plan” triggered highly trained teams of physicians going door-to-door in every municipality to check residents for COVID symptoms, an “all-hands-on-deck” response credited with protecting every community from the virus’s wide spread.

(Known throughout the medical world, Cuba’s health system is taught as a model for developing countries. Martialing the highest number of physicians in the world -roughly 8.4 per 1,000 - the country’s focus on health care has brought the Cuban people an average life expectancy of 79 years, higher than the U.S. and second only to Canada)!