Scientists investigate lower covid infection rates across African continent

Posted on 23 November 2021

Though fewer than 6 percent of Africans are vaccinated and residents of many countries do not wear masks regularly, the World Health Organization has described Africa as "one of the least affected regions in the world."
Researchers think the lower number of cases could be due to the population being younger—the average age being 20—or their lower rates of urbanisation and longer time spent outdoors. Others think it could have something to do with prior infections with other diseases. Researchers in Uganda  found COVID patients who had previously been exposed to malaria were less likely to show severe symptoms or die.