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Vol. 67. Issue 10.
Pages 556-558 (December 2020)
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Vol. 67. Issue 10.
Pages 556-558 (December 2020)
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Why is Covid-19 epidemics no so intense in Africa?
¿Por qué es menos «intensa» la epidemia de Covid-19 en África?
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A. Villalonga-Morales
Centre Hospitalier Mère et Enfant Monkole, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Most of the international bibliography published on Covid-19 pandemics is focused in the Asian, European or American continents. It seems that incidence is lower in Africa. In this article we hypothetize on several of the possible causes sustaining these differences. Population pyramid, climate, african population own vulnerability/resistance or sociopolitical factors are underlined.

In the case the pandemics will spread in Africa, the lack of basic healthcare resources will perhaps make the consequences disastrous and of a dantesque magnitude.

Keywords:
Coronavirus
Pandemics
Epidemics
Covid-19
Low income countries
Africa
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La mayoría de la bibliografía mundial sobre la pandemia Covid-19 se ha focalizado en los países del continente asiático, europeo o americano. En África parece que la incidencia es menor. En este artículo se hipotetiza sobre alguna de las posibles causas que han dado lugar a estas diferencias. La pirámide poblacional, la temperatura ambiente, la vulnerabilidad/resistencia de los habitantes del continente o factores sociopolíticos son subrayados.

En caso de que la pandemia se extendiera en el continente africano, posiblemente la falta de recursos sanitarios haría que las consecuencias fueran desastrosas y de una magnitud dantesca.

Palabras clave:
Coronavirus
Pandemia
Epidemia
Covid-19
Países en vías de desarrollo
Africa

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