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Unprepared for the Worst: World’s Most Vulnerable Brace for Virus

Syrian families, displaced by recent fighting, living in tents underneath a sports stadium in Idlib, Syria.
Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

Crowded camps, depleted clinics and scarce soap and water make social distancing and even hand-washing impossible for millions of refugees.

In an embattled enclave in Syria, doctors have seen patients die from what looks like the coronavirus but are unable to treat them because they lack beds, protective gear and medical professionals. A refugee camp in Bangladesh is so cramped that its population density is nearly four times that of New York City, making social distancing impossible. Clinics in a refugee camp in Kenya struggle in normal times with only eight doctors for nearly 200,000 people.

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