Public Health

  • While confined to my home in New Jersey, I have winced at each new report of the coronavirus spreading back in Nigeria. Like many Africans, I have vivid memories of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and the palpable fear that permeated that season is hard to forget. On Friday, my family's WhatsApp group received a mass message that scared us: my aunt’s coworker in a government building in Nigeria had been exposed to the virus, but still came in to work. Panic and confusion set in—it took us three days to verify this information was in fact false.
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    Apr 02, 2020
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  • Discussions of COVID-19 often cast the Global South as the tragic victim of an imminent surge in cases. Doctors and public health experts have lamented the weak health systems in the Global South—there are fewer than 130 ICU beds in Haiti and perhaps only 500 ventilators for 190 million people in Nigeria. However, this focus on tertiary care, while justified, neglects the lessons that places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has battled many epidemics before, could teach the United States about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Publication date:
    Mar 30, 2020
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