Dwelling in emergency. The effect of the COVID 19 pandemic on Syrians displaced in Lebanon

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Maria Gabriella Trovato

On 30th January 2020, the WHO declared the Chinese outbreak of COVID—19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern posing a high risk to countries with vulnerable health systems. The emergency committee has stated that the spread of COVID—19 may be interrupted by early detection, isolation, prompt treatment, and the implementation of a robust system to trace contacts (World Health Organization, 2020). Although Lebanon reacted promptly to the emergency caused by the pandemic, COVID-19 exacerbated an already devastated and precarious economic situation the country is facing since October 2019. Indeed it revealed the inadequacies of Lebanon’s social protection system (Human Rights Watch, 2020).