We must figure out how to scale the lockdown up and down as needed – possibly several times. We might need to locally switch areas on and off – not the whole country – to deal with isolated outbreaks.
A food market in Ibafo in Nigeria’s Ogun State. The effects of COVID-19 on food systems will be keenly felt in poorer countries.
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The potential exists for malnutrition to exacerbate the health consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Shops in Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria locked due to a total lockdown announced by the government.
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As Africa battles to contain the spread of Coronavirus and limit its impact on the economy, it is imperative that such efforts are driven by local realities.
In Mozambique’s urban settlements a lockdown might be feasible for a short period of time.
When restricting the movement of their citizens to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, low income countries should tailor measures to local socio-economic circumstances.
Representational image of an older person receiving treatment.
It is not surprising that being unhealthy makes you more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. But what may worry you is just how many Americans are in this high-risk group.
An illegal Zimbawean immigrant crosses into South Africa.
Borders in southern Africa -- as on the entire continent -- were arbitrarily imposed by former colonial powers, and aren't respected.
Collaboration is crucial for scientists to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic.
A crisis like COVID-19 demands that professional barriers be broken.
A young school boy running past a mural in Soweto, South Africa.
Attempting to defeat these folk theories with science achieved little; the myth busters of the AIDS epidemic were talking past those they were trying to convince.
Children at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed.
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South Africa could lose many children due to a measles outbreak which is completely preventable.
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Fighting coronavirus is like steering a container ship that takes two weeks to respond to new commands.
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in Kolkata,India
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With recent calls for their use in combating COVID-19, there are concerns that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine might become unavailable to people who need them.
Taking a look at food supply chains in South Africa during the lockdown.
Police trying to enforce COVID-19 lockdown regulations outside a shop in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
Health workers walk from house to house during vaccination campaign against polio in Kano, northwest Nigeria in 2017.
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Interventions seen to originate in the West frequently spark suspicion in northern Nigeria.
Nurses and midwives can make a significant impact in managing and preventing the leading causes of death.
Adequate numbers of healthy and motivated health professionals are also critical to governments’ effective responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19.
Research participants want to know the results of the studies in which they participate.
Findings that are effectively communicated can go a long way to serve the interests of the public. They can help to address social injustices or improve treatments offered to patients.
South Korea has been the quickest to bring the pandemic under control.
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It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
A staffer works on a ventilator-refurbishing assembly line at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells but is now refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to treat coronavirus patients.
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Scientists and academics on how the world might change once this is all over, and if a return to 'normality' is even possible.
Polls and surveys use random sampling. Why not pandemic testing?
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Researchers and public health officials still don't know how widespread nor how deadly the coronavirus really is. Random testing is a way to quickly and easily learn this important information.
Somali women on a coronavirus awareness campaign.
Some of the false claims about coronavirus may be harmless. But others can be potentially dangerous.