#SARSCoV2 is also spreading in Africa, but the number of fatalities remains remarkably low relative to the rest of the world. Young populations and fair metabolic health (low hypertension, obesity, diabetes) likely play a role in keeping mortality down.
So glad to finally read a paper that discusses the relatively low burden of COVID-19 across Africa with scientifically sound hypotheses. To be clear, the hypotheses proposed here may later be proven to be wrong; but I commend the authors to go beyond ...
The dampened course of #COVID19 in Africa might reveal innovative solutions in the fight against this pandemic, suggests a new #SciMagPerspective:
Possible explanations for the differing reported COVID-19 dynamics in Africa
COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm?
Strong piece arguing for more and specific research into the epidemiology, clinical presentation and control of COVID-19 in Africa. Let’s ensure it is led by African scientists #decolonizeglobalhealth ⁦
The dampened course of #COVID19 in Africa might reveal innovative solutions in the fight against this pandemic, suggests a new #SciMagPerspective:
Experts predicted millions of #COVID19 deaths in Africa. More than 4 months after the first cases in Africa were detected, prevalence and mortality are still low. Could early lockdown measures have contributed to this reality? In perspective 👇🏾
COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm? Interesting perspective - More Local research reqd on #COVID19Africa. Looking for more research from #Africa institutions
Africa and #COVID19. "It appears the virus is spreading differently and potentially with an attenuated outcome" 2 new pieces on this important and evolving situation: w/
"The first COVID-19 vaccine testing is starting in South Africa... , this will stimulate the full participation of Africa in research into the critical factors that hold the key to innovative solutions in the fight against the pandemic"
Interesting perspective on how environmental factors could explain COVID-19 dynamics in Africa
"So far, despite a paucity of data, it appears that the virus is spreading differently and potentially with an attenuated outcome in Africa."
COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm?
See here for more (including the reminder that I forgot about "helminths" as another potential hypothesis). Any other leading theories? Or is it simply a lagged artifact of overdispersed transmission, where global fatality rates will eventually converge?