Analyzing Africa’s Second Wave of COVID-19

“2020 saw COVID-19 infect over 2.7 million Africans and kill over 65,000. A surge of cases in the last quarter of the year, combined with the emergence of more contagious mutations, pose new challenges for Africa in 2021.”

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Africa’s Varied COVID-19 Landscapes

“There is not a single African COVID-19 trajectory, but rather multiple, distinct risk profiles. Recognizing this can facilitate a better understanding of and response to the pandemic threat in Africa.”

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Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Africa

“While both the pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 are respiratory diseases largely spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, the two pandemics are different in important ways. The H1N1 influenza strain of 1918 had a very short incubation period—just 1 to 2 days—whereas the coronavirus incubation can stretch up to 2 weeks, and its spread is facilitated by asymptomatic carriers.”

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African Adaptations to the COVID-19 Response

“Africa’s response to the pandemic would need to be customized to its own realities, challenges, resources, and strengths. This has spurred a number of innovations and adaptations to the coronavirus response in African initiatives that continue to unfold.”

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Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s Cities

” COVID-19 spreads at close range through respiratory droplets. Consequently, the most serious outbreaks of the pandemic have been seen in dense settings and close-knit social networks. With household and core urban densities among the world’s highest, African cities have the potential to serve as deadly incubators for the virus’s spread.”

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Mapping Risk Factors for the Spread of COVID-19 in Africa

“African countries face varying levels of risk that will require adapting a diversified set of response strategies to the coronavirus. The most vulnerable countries may not be those with the earliest onset… Understanding the relative risks each country faces can better guide response efforts in both the introductory and subsequent stages as the pandemic evolves.”

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Five Myths about Coronavirus in Africa

“The spread of the coronavirus in Africa has been accompanied by pervasive misinformation. Fact-checking and ongoing public service communications by all actors are needed to curb the costs of these myths… here are five common myths that have been circulating about COVID-19 in Africa.”

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COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement Crisis

“The high densities of forcibly displaced populations and the mobility of migrants make both groups highly vulnerable to exposure and therefore a priority for reducing the spread of the coronavirus in Africa. This will require informed and efficient policy engagements and public messaging, as well as the tamping down of the stigmatization and fear-based xenophobia toward these groups.”

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