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Don’t Touch Your Face: The Border

A group of migrants waits for food distribution inside the makeshift migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on March 19.
A group of migrants waits for food distribution inside the makeshift migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on March 19. Ivan Flores for Foreign Policy

On Today’s Episode: A migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border braces for the coronavirus.

Thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers living in an encampment just across the U.S. border in Matamoros, Mexico, are bracing for the arrival of the coronavirus. The virus is likely to spread rapidly in the crowded camp, where opportunities to self-isolate are limited. 

On today’s episode of the podcast, Don’t Touch Your Face hosts James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon are joined by Sam Bishop, a project coordinator with the humanitarian organization Global Response Management, which is setting up a field hospital at the camp.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to donttouchyourface@foreignpolicy.com.  See All Episodes

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