Thursday, November 19, 2020

Why is Africa the best-performing continent in terms of COVID infection rates?

I've been really curious why, throughout the COVID pandemic, the countries Trump calls the "shithole countries" are doing so well?

It's not just that they have a warmer climate. If that's all it was, why is South America doing worse? And why was Brazil one of the worst-performing countries through most of the summer? India was also performing badly in the late-summer/early-fall despite its warm weather. But Africa as a region has had consistently lower rates that all but the best performing countries in other parts of the world. Africa has a lot of poverty, several poor performing or almost nonfunctional medical systems, and areas with high population density--all stuff that you would think would cause higher COVID growth. But those liabilities have not been reflected in their infection rates.