AIDS and COVID-19 in southern Africa

Show simple item record Van Wyngaard, Arnau Whiteside, Alan 2021-12-14T11:17:14Z 2021-12-14T11:17:14Z 2021
dc.description.abstract By the end of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, in February 2021, the numbers of cases and deaths in southern Africa were low in absolute and relative numbers. The BBC ran a story (which was later retracted) headlined “Coronavirus in Africa: Could poverty explain mystery of low death rate?”. A heading in the New York Post said: “Scientists can’t explain puzzling lack of coronavirus outbreaks in Africa”. Journalist Karen Attiah concluded: “It’s almost as if they are disappointed that Africans aren’t dying en masse and countries are not collapsing”. We wondered if the knowledge that southern African countries have acquired in their struggle against AIDS has contributed to a more effective approach against COVID-19. The viral origins of the diseases through zoonotic events are similar; neither has a cure, yet. In both diseases, behaviour change is an important prevention tool, and there are specific groups that are more vulnerable to infection. Equally, there are important differences: most people with COVID-19 will recover relatively quickly, while people living with HIV will need lifelong treatment. COVID-19 is extremely infectious, while HIV is less easily transmitted. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Arnau van Wyngaard & Alan Whiteside (2021) AIDS and COVID-19 in southern Africa, African Journal of AIDS Research, 20:2, 117-124, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2021.1948877. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1608-5906 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1727-9445 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.2989/16085906.2021.1948877
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021 The Author(s). Open Access article distributed in terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License [CC BY 4.0]. en_ZA
dc.subject Co-infection en_ZA
dc.subject Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) en_ZA
dc.subject Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) en_ZA
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_ZA
dc.subject Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) en_ZA
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_ZA
dc.subject Tuberculosis (TB) en_ZA
dc.subject Southern Africa en_ZA
dc.title AIDS and COVID-19 in southern Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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