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Citation: Franck J. D. Mennechet, Guy R. Takoudjou Dzomo. Coping with COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Might the Future Hold? [J].VIROLOGICA SINICA, 2020, 35(6) : 875-884.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12250-020-00279-2

Coping with COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Might the Future Hold?

  • Corresponding author: Franck J. D. Mennechet, franck.mennechet@umontpellier.fr, ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6036-930X
    Guy R. Takoudjou Dzomo, rodriguetakoudjou@gmail.com, ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2660-5396
  • Received Date: 04 June 2020
    Accepted Date: 24 July 2020
    Published Date: 01 September 2020
    Available online: 01 December 2020

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    Coping with COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Might the Future Hold?

      Corresponding author: Franck J. D. Mennechet, franck.mennechet@umontpellier.fr
      Corresponding author: Guy R. Takoudjou Dzomo, rodriguetakoudjou@gmail.com
    • 1. Institute of Molecular Genetic of Montpellier, CNRS, University of Montpellier, Montpellier 34090, France
    • 2. University Hospital Complex the "Bon Samaritain", N'Djamena, BP 456, Republic of Chad

    Abstract: Sub-Saharan countries are sadly linked with similar poor indicators, such as high poverty and mortality rates, the burden of disease, fragile health systems and poorly developed infrastructure. Along with the rest of the world, Sub-Saharan countries are facing this new coronavirus outbreak. Nevertheless, chaotic predictions of a particularly destructive epidemic in Africa do not seem to be borne out, at least for the time being. But uncertainties remain, such as how the virus is spreading in countries with low incomes, informal economies, high HIV/tuberculosis prevalence, extremely low median age, or warm/dry climates and for which containments are almost impossible to enforce? Not even 8 months after the first reported case in China, parts of the world are already showing post-lockdown twilight measures. Yet, the war is certainly far from over, because the virus is gaining ground in the sub-Saharan zone. This viewpoint attempts to describe the COVID-19 crisis in a sub-Saharan perspective, in particular in the Republic of Chad, from both, distant perception and by living it on a daily basis.