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  • Africa has held off the worst of the coronavirus. Researchers are working to figure out how.

    Sept. 25, 2020, 6:00 AM EDT / Updated Sept. 25, 2020, 10:44 AM EDT
    By Denise Chow

    When the coronavirus first began spreading around the world, there was near-universal concern among experts that countries in Africa could be hit particularly hard, with high rates of transmission that could quickly overwhelm health care systems.

    But roughly nine months into the pandemic, which has sickened over 31 million people and caused more than 950,000 deaths around the world, most African countries have fared significantly better than other parts of the world. The reasons are still something of a mystery — more research is needed, and some studies that aim to answer the questions are only just beginning — but scientists said the success of many African countries so far offers crucial lessons for the rest of the world and shine a light on how inherent biases can distort scientific research.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1241026
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