Coronavirus (337) LGH: COVID-19 pandemic in west Africa

3 April, 2020

This comment in The Lancet Global Health concludes: 'Early comparisons between the number of confirmed cases in the worst affected European countries and the west African countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases do not support the hypothesis that the virus will spread more slowly in countries with warmer climates. In the case of west Africa, a rapid acceleration in the number of cases could quickly overwhelm already vulnerable health systems. Swift action to control further spread of the virus, and to improve the response capabilities of affected countries in west Africa is therefore urgent.'

CITATION: COVID-19 pandemic in west Africa

Melisa Martinez-Alvarez et al.

Lancet Global Health 2020

Open Access Published:April 01, 2020

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30123-6

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