The impact of COVID-19 has been lower in Africa. Experts weigh the reasons

Prior exposure to circulating coronaviruses could reduce the severity of COVID-19 illness. Image: REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Alex Ezeh

Dornsife Professor of Global Health, Drexel University

Michael Silverman

Chair of Infectious Diseases, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Saverio Stranges

Professor & Chair of Epidemiology, Western University


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