One Big Thing: The Impact of COVID-19 on Africa
How do you feel about Africa’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak?
What is it?
- Many experts believe the virus will affect the African continent differently than the rest of the world. The African Union reported that over 75% of the continent’s 1.2 billion inhabitants are under the age of 35 – an age group that has fared relatively well with the virus.
- That being said, many Africans regularly face a host of challenges in their infrastructure and healthcare systems, ability to social distance, and managing other diseases and malnourishment. For this reason, the death toll in Africa is likely to be concentrated among the malnourished, the sick, and the poor.
Why is it important?
- Because of Africa’s distinct conditions and situation, many argue that Africa’s response should also similarly unique. African Arguments explores the different options that African countries can take and defends why a “lockdown with income replacement” is the most effective long-term solution.
What can you do?
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