Africa recorded much lower rates of corona infection than expected when the virus spread around the world months ago, with its sharp decrease in Africa, and may be clarified by a “stunning” theory. Crowded towns, common washing spaces, and the impossibility of applying social spacing are common factors in South Africa’s slums.
According to experts, these factors may be the main driver of the spread of the new Corona virus in the densely populated areas of Africa, but this has not happened on the ground.
But the surprise now is that extreme poverty in the neighborhoods of South Africa and other African countries may be the reason protecting their populations from contracting Corona, according to a theory developed by a number of HIV scientists.
Professor Shabir Madhi, South Africa’s chief virus scientist and one of the main researchers in the mission of reaching the vaccine “COVID-19” said: “It seems likely that our bad circumstances are in the interest of the African countries and their inhabitants”, according to BBC website.
Scientists in the country said that by studying blood samples from poor regions, we may find evidence that the citizens have several previous viruses, including Coruna viruses of previous kinds, which means that the citizens enjoy a great degree of immunity against the new Corona virus.
Professor Madhi, explaining those statements, said: “It is a hypothesis. May explain a certain level of pre-existing immunity. It is the reason for the non-proliferation of the epidemic (as in other parts of the world),” BBC reported.
Scientists in Africa believe that, given the spread of infectious viruses in densely populated neighborhoods, where it is difficult for people to isolate themselves, they may have a stronger immunity against the new Coronas virus.
“Protection may be more effective in densely populated areas of the African environment,” Madhi said. This may explain why there are fewer infections in Africa.”
At a time when many regions of the world, toped by Europe, are witnessing a new increase in the cases of Corona virus infection, it seems that the African continent is on a contrary side, according to official statements.
Africa’s top public health official, has indicated last week that the continent witnessed a noticeable 20% decrease in the confirmed cases of Corona virus, but he warned “against exaggerating in rejoicing at the end of the epidemic”.
The African continent has registered more than 1.2 million confirmed cases, nearly half of them in South Africa.