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Coronavirus, covid-19, The Mask vs Shield Debate in Costa Rica: Which One Works Better

In Costa Rica, businesses that require face coverings for entry allow either a mask or a shield – "mascarilla" or "careta", in Spanish. Which one is better protection for you and others? Most experts agree that masks are much more effective in stopping the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Commented infectious disease expert Luis Romero on the radio show “Nuestra Voz”, “I don’t know who invente...

Covid-19 Treatment Costa Rica Equine Antibody Serums Prepared in Costa Rica Inhibit Covid-19

The two equine antibody formulations prepared by the Clodomiro Picado Institute of the University of Costa Rica (ICP-UCR), from plasma of horses hyperimmunized with viral proteins, are capable of inhibiting the infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes COVID-19 disease. This was the result of tests carried out at George Mason University, in the United States, which confirmed that t...

Costa Rica Vacation A Complete Breakdown of how Much it Will Cost to get Into Costa Rica on Vacation

So we all have heard that there are new requirements to travel to Costa Rica once the airports reopen to select countries August 1st.  Tourists that plan to visit Costa Rica during the upcoming weeks will have to follow all sanitary measures in place and comply with certain requirements, such as taking a Covid-19 test 48 hours prior to the flight, filling out a form with the information for epi...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Tops Previous Record of New Covid-19 Cases in a Day With 931

On Saturday July 25th Costa Rica reached another record on the number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 931. This brings the total to 14,600 since the pandemic reached the country at the beginning of March. 10,960 cases are active. A total of 98 patients have now died. Through July 1st, the country only registered 17 deaths related to the virus, which means that in just the past 24 days t...

Costa Rica Hospitals Covid-19 Covid-19 Forces Temporary Closure of Operating Rooms at San Juan de Dios Hospital

Costa Rica has confirmed a total of 11,114 cases of Covid-19 through Sunday July 19 and out of these, 2,966 have already recovered. Today the country reached a new record in the number of people hospitalized with a total of 241 patients, out of which 44 remain in the intensive care unit. 8 more people have died for a total of 62 deaths related to Covid-19. One of the latest deaths registered wa...

Costa Rica Coronavirus Emergency commission National Emergency Commission Predicts Dire Future of COVID-19 in Costa Rica

On Thursday the National Emergency Commission (Comision Nacional de Emergencias, CNE), presented the latest status update and predictions for the growth of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Costa Rica. The predictions were described by some as worrisome, by others as catastrophic. The CNE predicts that if the virus continues to progress at the current rate, by mid-August the hospital capacity of the Cost...

Costa Rica Restrictions Covid-19 Costa Rica: Restrictions That Apply July 20 – July 31

Costa Rica reports a total of 9,969 confirmed cases of Covid-19, out of these, 2,818 are already recovered, currently, 211 are hospitalized, 38 of them are in the intensive care unit and 47 people have died. The government announced changes in the sanitary measures that will apply from July 20th through July 31st, these include: Vehicular transit restriction Counties in Orange alert: Tr...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information With 360 New COVID-19 Cases in Costa Rica The Government Implements Restrictions

Costa Rica registers 360 new cases this Friday, July 10 for a total 6,845 confirmed cases, 2110 of these have already recovered. The country registers 26 deaths of Covid-19 positive patients. Currently, there are 128 people hospitalized, 17 of these are in the intensive care unit with ages ranging from 43 and 78 years. President Carlos Alvarado informed during the press conference new restri...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Numbers Skyrocket With 649 New Cases of Covid-19 in a Single day

Costa Rica confirmed the highest number of new cases in a single day since the first case was detected in the country four months ago, 649 new cases were confirmed for Thursday, July 9th which brings the total number to 6,485, out of which 2,023 have already recovered. 120 people are currently hospitalized, 14 of them are in the intensive care unit with ages ranging between 43 and 82 years old....

Costa Rica Face mask covid19 Costa Rica has Registered 5,241 Cases and 23 COVID-19 Deaths Four Months After First Case

This Monday July 6th Costa Rica has registered a total of 5,241 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This consists of 2,230 women and 3,011 men, out of which 3,705 are Costa Rican and 1,536 are foreigners. 1,766 people have already recovered. In the last 24 hours, 4 patients that were diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, the latest victims are a 92-year-old woman that was hospitalized since July 4th and ...

Costa Rica Tour Guides, Coronavirus, COVID-19 Tour Guide in Costa Rica Catches COVID from Tourists and Flatlines Three Times in the ICU

Marco Paris (57), a popular tour guide from Tibas, toured a group of French tourists for 17 days in March. It almost killed him. He survived for 41 days in the Intensive Care Unit of hospital Mexico, and had to be resuscitated three times after he flat lined. He feels he survived due to excellent medical care, and by the grace of God. He says his story should give hope to all COVID-19 sufferers. ...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Continues to Increase Daily Number of Covid-19 Cases

This Saturday, July 4th, Costa Rica’s health authorities confirmed 310 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 4,621 out of which 1,721 are already recovered. Costa Rica also confirmed its 19 death of a Covid-19 positive patient, a young man that was diagnosed post-mortem. According to the authorities he arrived in shock by ambulance at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San Jose. The case is under ...

Costa Rica Imposes New Restrictions After Almost 600 new Covid Cases in 2 Days

During the press conference held this Thursday, July 2, the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica confirmed 270 new cases, which brings the total to 4,023. Daniel Salas, Minister of Health also confirmed the country has entered the phase of community transmission. Community transmission is when the transmission has reached a point where it is no longer possible to identify the source of origin of th...

294 New Cases in One Day, Costa Rica Will Announce New Sanitary Measures

The Minister of Health announced that for Wednesday July 1st Costa Rica had the highest daily spike in the number of new cases since the pandemic started back in March 6. 294 new cases in just one day, bringing the total to 3,753. The country also registered its 17th death of a Covid-19 positive patient. 56 people are currently hospitalized and 6 of them in the intensive care unit. Considering ...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Registers 16th Covid-19 Death and Highest Number of New Daily Cases

The Ministry of Health confirmed the death of another Covid-19 patient this Tuesday June 3oth , an 89-year-old Costa Rican woman, living in San José. She had been diagnosed on June 22 and had remained hospitalized since June 25th. The deceased also suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure. The country also registered the highest number of new cases since the pandemic started with 190 and ...

Costa Rica Covid19 ICU Capacity If COVID Number Continue to Rise in Costa Rica, ICU Beds Will be Insufficient in Weeks

Through June 29, Costa Rica has registered 3,269 cases of Covid-19; in this past week the country had the highest new numbers of cases since the first patient was confirmed in the country back in March. The number of deaths in the country is up to 15, and through yesterday Costa Rica also registered its highest number of hospitalized patients: 40, out of which 4 are in the intensive care unit. ...

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Costa Rica Costa Rica Registered Two More Deaths due to Covid-19 Saturday June 27th

This Saturday June 27th Costa Rica has registered two more deaths due to Covid-19 Coronavirus bringing the total to 14. During the morning hours the Ministry of Health confirmed the death of a 78 year-old woman, a Costa Rican citizen who lived in Guanacaste who had been hospitalized at the San Juan de Dios Hospital where she remained in the Intensive Care Unit since June 24, which is the same d...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information It’s Official Costa Rica Won’t be Opening For Tourism Until Aug 1st

The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica confirmed 152 new cases this Friday, for a total of 2,836 positive cases of Covid-19 of the country, out of which, 1,280 have already recovered, while 36 are hospitalized 6 in the intensive care unit. 26,866 people have tested negative. Pilar Garrido, Minister of Planning, referred to the reopening of economic activities in the country: -Counties and d...

Costa Rica Economy Covid19 Commerce and Tourism in Costa Rica Await New Guidelines

As of June 24th Costa Rica has registered a total of 2,515 cases of COVID-19, out of which 1,210 patients have recovered, 30 people are still hospitalized and 5 are in the intensive care unit. Several counties and districts remain under orange alert, particularly in the northern Costa Rica and the Paquera district, as well as in the counties of Pavas, Alajuelita and Desamparados in San José. In...

Costa Rica Face mask covid19 As of June 27 Face Masks Will Be Mandatory In Most Costa Rican Businesses

After canceling the Phase 3 reopening of businesses this past weekend due to the important increase in cases of Covid-19. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, stated during the press conference this Monday that the reopening is tentatively scheduled for the upcoming weekend and that at the same time the use of face masks will be mandatory in some services and commerce. The legal instruction an...

Costa Rica Prepares for COVID-19 Spike With Incredible Nationally Made Ventilator

University of Costa Rica Launches First Mechanical Ventilator Designed and Made in Costa Rica Doctors from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have developed the first non-invasive ventilator for patients suffering from COVID-19. Called Fluxus Mask, the device is both a breathing machine and an isolation mask to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It was created out of a growing concern that COVID...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Suspends Reopening of Commerce After 119 New Cases in a day

Costa Rica registered the highest number of new cases this Friday with 119 new cases. This situation forced the government to cancel the reopening of commerce that was planned for this weekend. “This puts us in a high risk of heading to an exponential curve, here we all have been doing our share to protect the health (of the population), to give the opportunity to people that can get seriously ...

Costa Rica Sanitary Restrictions More Businesses Will be Able to Reopen in Costa Rica on the Weekends

UPDATED 06/19/20 The Costa Rican Government has SUSPENDED Phase 3 of the Economic reopening due to major spike in cases. The Ministry of Health confirmed this Thursday that as scheduled more businesses will be able to open doors again during the weekend as long as they comply with the sanitary guidelines given in each case. The country enters the third phase of reopening commerce which will...

Costa Rica June 13: 1662 Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

On June 13, 2020, Costa Rica registered 50 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 1,662 confirmed cases with ages ranging from 0 to 92 and involving 762 women and 900 men; 1247 patients are Costa Rican and 415 are foreigners. 743 of these patients have already recovered while 19 people remain hospitalized, 3 of them in the intensive care unit. 22,144 people have tested negative. The coun...

Costa Rica Covid19 Costa Rica Covid-19 Update: United Nations Assists With Outbreak Near Border

The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica confirmed 77 new Covid-19 cases through this Thursday, June 11, 2020, bringing the total to 1,538 registered cases with ages ranging from 0 to 92 years of age. In total 710 women and 828 men have tested positive, 1,150 are Costa Rican and 388 are foreigners out of the registered 1,538 cases. A large “cluster” of cases are located in the northern zone of C...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Struggles With Outbreak of 86 new COVID Cases Around the Nicaraguan Border

During the daily press conference carried out by the health authorities in Costa Rica this Wednesday, June 10, they confirmed 86 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, this is the highest number registered since the virus reached the country. This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive cases to 1,461, out of which 722 are already recovered and 12 have died. 1,146 are Costa Rican citizens w...

Costa Rica Coronavirus yellow alert Costa Rica Registers Its 12th COVID-19 Related Death

The Ministry of Health of Costa Rica confirmed the 12th death in the country of a Covid-19 positive patient. The deceased is a 64-year-old woman resident of San Jose, who had been hospitalized for 70 days and remained in the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital Mexico in La Uruca. The woman had several underlying conditions that made her a vulnerable patient, she had high blood pressure, diab...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Registers its 11th Covid-19 Related Death and First Postmortem Diagnosis

The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica announced the evening of this Monday, June 8th death number 11 related to Covid-19. This time the deceased was a 26-year-old woman, Costa Rican and resident of Alajuela, who apparently did not present any symptoms and whose only risk factor was being asthmatic. The diagnose of Covid-19 was made postmortem. According to the information provided by the Mini...

COsta Rica Covid19 Costa Rica Registered Major Spike With 55 New Cases of Covid-19

The Ministry of Health registered 55 new cases of Covid-19 in Costa Rica this Sunday June 7th. This brings the total to 1,318 confirmed cases: 613 women and 705 men. 1021 are Costa Rican while 297 are foreigners. Out of the 1,318 cases, 704 people have already recovered. The number of deaths related to the virus remains at 10. There are currently 20 people hospitalized, 4 of them in intensiv...

Costa Rica Covid19 Costa Rica Covid-19 Update: June 6

It has been three months since Costa Rica confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in the country and through June 6th it has registered 1,263 positive cases of coronavirus. The number is made up of 592 women and 671 men out of which 991 are Costa Rican and 272 are foreigners. By age the virus has reached 1,072 adults, 62 senior citizens and 129 minors. Out of the 1,263 cases, 701 have alread...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Covid-19 Cases Spike with 52 New Cases in 24 hours

Costa Rica registered 52 new cases of Covid-19 for a total 1,157 confirmed cases; this includes 542 women and 615 men; 913 Costa Rican and 244 foreigners. The youngest patient is a 5-day-old premature baby while the oldest patient is an 89 year-old man. 685 patients have already recovered. The number of deaths remains at 10. 21 people are hospitalized, 5 of them in the intensive care unit...

June 1 Comes With a Change on Sanitary Measures in Costa Rica

Monday, June 1st, Costa Rica enters phase three of its sanitary measures, these will be in place through June 19 and will apply for the entire country. More businesses will be allowed to operate, especially on the weekends For now, the daily and nightly vehicular transit restrictions remain the same for weekdays and weekends based upon license plate numbers. Hotels and lodging facilities in ...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Reaches 1,047 Covid-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health in Costa Rica provided the daily update this Saturday, May 30 of Covid-19 cases, confirming 1,047 cases in the country, out of which 658 have already recovered, and 379 remain active. The country registers at this point 10 deaths, while 17,686 people have tested negative for the virus. 15 people remain hospitalized and 4 of them in the intensive care unit. Costa Rica’s...

Costa Rica Covid 19 Costa Rica Covid19 Update May 27: 984 Cases

This Tuesday, May 27 Costa Rica registered 28 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 for a total of 984 patients, 461 women and 523 men out of which 804 are Costa Rica and 180 are foreigners. Out of the 28 new cases reported today, 18 were already in preventive isolation due to a sanitary order. 21 are national citizens and 7 are foreigners. 639 people have successfully recovered and currently 12 pe...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Covid-19 Update

As of Saturday May 24th Costa Rica registered 918 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This number includes 425 women and 493 men, out of which 757 are Costa Rican and 161 are foreigners. 607 people are already recovered, and 15,093 have been tested and discarded. 15 patients remain hospitalized out of them, 4 are in intensive care including a 27-year-old. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, expla...

Costa Rica Covid19 Costa Rica Covid-19 Update May 20

Through May 20, Costa Rica registers 15 new cases of Covid-19 for a total 897 confirmed cases, involving 414 women and 483 men. However, 582 of these patients are already recovered. On Monday the number of new cases informed by the Ministry of Health was of 16. “We had an important curve that began mid-March, we applied the sanitary measures and people began to understand the importance of soci...

Costa RIca Covid19 Costa Rica Registers its Tenth Death due to Covid-19 Coronavirus

Costa Rica has now registered 10 deaths due to Covid-19 Coronavirus, the tenth victim was a 73-year-old male who in addition to his age had high blood pressure and an aortic valve cardiopathy. The patient was diagnosed back on April 25 and had remained hospitalized since that date. In total 9 men and 1 woman that have been diagnosed with Covid-19 have passed away with ages ranging from 45 to 87...

Costa Rica Covid19 Costa Rica Covid-19 Update: Nine Deaths, 843 Confirmed Cases

Through Friday, May 15, Costa Rica registered 13 new cases of Covid-19 for a total 843 confirmed cases, this number made up of by 384 women and 459 men, 712 Costa Rican and 131 foreigners. 542 people are already recovered and 12,260 have tested negative. On Friday May 15th the country registered the ninth death of a Covid-19 positive patient. This time the deceased is 58-year-old women who was...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Announces the Eighth Death due to Covid-19 Coronavirus

A 75-year-old man that had tested positive for Covid-19 back on April 8th is the eighth registered death in the country due to Covid-19. The man was hospitalized on April 8th and was transferred to intensive care on April 14th, he had tested negative for the virus on May 7th but unfortunately died on May 13th. The Ministry of Health confirmed that in addition to his advanced age, had high blood...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Announces New Plans for Reopening of the Country and Economy

As of May 11 Costa Rica has a total of 801 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 277 of them are still active, 517 recovered, and 7 deceased. As the government continues to implement sanitary measures to prevent an uncontrolled global outbreak, it also announced changes for the sanitary restrictions that are in place. The Government of Costa Rica has announced the plan to gradually re-engage  economi...