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Africa's pandemic puzzle: why so few cases and deaths?

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Science  14 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6505, pp. 756-757
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6505.756

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  • RE: Why so few cases of Covid-19 in Africa?

    Could it be due to antimalarial medicines esp those based on quinine, coupled with herd immunity?

    Competing Interests: None declared.

    Here in the U.S. a huge portion of COVID deaths are in nursing homes. Another large group is people with pre-existing conditions which are part of our Western lifestyle; diabetes, extreme obesity, etc. Take away these fatalities, and the remaining number is more like what you see in Africa.

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