Written by Chuks NZEH

40 percent of Africans believes continent cannot contract COVID 19...ACDC






A report by the African Center for Decease Control, ACDC, has revealed that 40 percent of people interviewed on the dreaded corona virus believed that Africans could not get the virus. 




This is contained in statement release after after a virtual conference aimed at improving journalists reportage of corona virus pandemic by the ACDC, and partners, where it said 60 percent believe that taking lemon or vitamin C can prevent them from the virus.


The statement noted that "Across the continent, less than half the people interviewed about the deadly COVID-19 pandemic believed they faced the risk of contracting the virus. 


"More than 60% believed that COVID-19 could be prevented by drinking lemon or taking vitamin C. And just over 40% believed that Africans could not get COVID-19. 


"These are some of the findings from a report released by the Partnership for Evidence- Based Response to Covid-19, PERC, Consortium. 


"The consortium is made up of public health organizations such as the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention; Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; the World Health Organization; the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team; and the World Economic Forum and private sector firms such as market research company, Ipsos. "


"The survey was conducted in March and April 28 cities across 20 AU Member States. It gathered real-time information about the dynamics of the pandemic, governments’ responses to it, and people’s perceptions of both, to help governments implement the best public health and social measures to contain the virus. " 


"Dr Emmanuel Agogo from Resolve to Save Lives said that even though Africa’s COVID-19 numbers have been lower than the rest of the world, it was important to identify the common trends, issues and attitudes across the phases of the outbreak. 


“Outbreaks and pandemics come in various phases. We need to keep vigilant. COVID-19 will hit rural areas and villages later than urban centres,” said Agogo. Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative that has been funded to look at the COVID-19 response. " The statement noted. 













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