COVID-19 in Ecuador

This week Dr. Andres Cordova shares information about the Coronavirus in Ecuador.

Last week the government of Ecuador announced that all flights to Ecuador will be suspended starting Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 23:59.

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Dr. Andres Cordova


Passengers arriving to Quito from abroad this past Saturday night were greeted by rather few people. The large welcoming parties, the balloon-holding children and even the eventual mariachis where nowhere to be seen.


Arrival hall Quito airport

I was there to pick up Isabella, my daughter, who was returning from Spain in due haste, just as her university in Pamplona and the whole country was shutting down. She managed to do so in the nick of time. Soon afterwards, Ecuador would start to shut down too.

As Isabella came out from migration and baggage-claim, a procession of angry parents irrupted into it eerily chanting “we want our children”.  They had been waiting for hours as the plane bringing their youngsters went into special quarantine protocol when a couple of passengers showed strong COVID-19 symptoms.

Isabella is now under quarantine for the next 14 days, in the comfort of home and her wonderful mother’s care. She’s doing a color-by-numbers painting, taking courses online and binging on Netflix.


Isabella at the airport

In my case, this extra time at home is allowing me to better take care of the neighborhood birds. I started a bird-feeding project in the terrace right out of my window. I have commissioned a custom birdhouse which should be ready in the next few days.

It is lovely to work to the sound of the little birds chirping. They perch in the trees a few meters from my window waiting for the daily dose of water and birdseed.


The sobering picture, though, is that this pandemic is having profound health, economic and social consequences.

However, as opposed to when the “Spanish Flu” hit us almost a century ago, infecting about 500 million people and laying waste to millions, now the world is much better prepared, hence all the measures taken around the world, including vast communication campaigns.

While it can be argued that some measures in some places were taken too late or that due preparedness was lacking, there’s no arguing that today we are in substantially better condition to tackle pandemics like the coronavirus one from what we were decades, let alone a century ago. Hong King and South Korea are two examples of rather successful management of the crisis.

Ecuador’s first reported coronavirus case involved an asymptomatic woman that had arrived from Madrid on February 14. Once the 70 year old patient was isolated and her whereabouts traced, it turned up that she had an enviable social life, having visited many places, making contact with dozens of family and friends.

Currently Ecuador has 155 confirmed coronavirus cases with 235 under watch. Two deaths have been reported thus far.

Guayaquil has the most cases with 78, followed by Samborondón, Babahoyo, Quito and Manta with 23, 9, 8 and 7 confirmed cases, respectively.

Among the several measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to hinder the growth of coronavirus cases, these are the main ones:

  • Declaring a State of Emergency for Ecuador’s Health System
  • Implement a curfew between 11pm and 5am
  • Implement a 14-day quarantine for all travelers coming in from coronavirus hotspots
  • Classes and assistance to non-essential workplaces have been suspended
  • Supermarkets, drug-stores and other essential suppliers can’t have over 50% of their people-holding capacity at anytime
  • Circulation is restricted, with safe passage being issued for people in key work-sectors or those taking care of the elderly or children
  • Incoming international flights have been suspended

This pandemic, however brutal, may prompt important changes and advances in many areas. Even a before and after in many ways. For one, it is sure to give a rather large boost to the work-from-home idea. It will also bolster the protocols for effectively managing outbreaks from their very onset. Also, it will give the planet a break from some pollution.

The financial and social costs will linger for some time. The pandemic will very likely push the global economy into a tailspin, it has already wreaked havoc on the stock markets, making people focus better on sheer fundamentals.

We are resilient and will come out of this sobered and better. We are seeing so many acts of kindness and generosity, so many corporations stepping up to the plate. As a people person it can only strengthen my faith in humanity.

Stay safe,

Andrés Córdova

If you have questions for Andres send an email to with the word ECUADOR in the subject line.

Spanish Words You Can Use

Flu – Gripe
Quarantine – Cuarentena
Work – Trabajo
Patient – Paciente
Color – Color
Bird – Pájaro

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Merri teaching a Super Spanish course in Florida.

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Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.