May 27, 2020
With each passing day, there is not much-updated information on COVID-19. It seems there is no new information regarding the virus as the death toll climbs. On the other hand, Africa has made Covid-19 innovations that are largely overlooked. Many worried what this pandemic would mean for lower-income populations in Africa, however, the continent has the lowest death toll in the world with 119,454 confirmed cases and 3,592 confirmed deaths.
There have been strong efforts in Africa to find alternative testing and safety measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 within the continent. It’s clear that African countries such as Senegal took the appropriate precautions during this pandemic. With a nation of 16 million citizens, there have only been 30 deaths.
In January, the country closed its borders, initiated contact tracing, and offered a bed to every coronavirus patient all following the first international alert of the virus. In addition, Senegal is working on a rapid test that is expected to cost about $1. The test is said to work in less than 10 minutes and will be able to detect present and previous infection from the virus. The test will assess antigens in saliva as opposed to a polymerase chain reaction that can cost hundreds of dollars and take days to receive results.
Through the use of traditional herbal healing, the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, claims a cure has been found for Covid-19. Will a type of daisy be the cure to the virus? Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood, is currently being clinically tested as a cure. “This unique preparation has potential – not only to modify the Covid-19 disease process by reducing harmful, excess inflammatory responses,” said Oscar Groet, KD Pharma’s Chief Executive Officer.
With such few death rates, Africa is clearly doing something right in these scary and unprecedented times. The Africa CDC is working tirelessly to come up with new practices and testing throughout the continent. Western attitudes patronized the continent at the beginning of this pandemic but now, Africa’s Covid-19 innovations cannot be overlooked.