Covid-19 deaths in Africa: prospective systematic postmortem surveillance study

The global coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic has had a devastating effect on the health of millions of people, with ongoing and/or accelerated transmission in nearly all regions of the world. A puzzling question is why covid-19 seems to have largely skipped Africa. Transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) should be favored wherever population densities are high, but the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation recently listed covid-19 as the 45th most common cause of death in Africa, despite it being the 12th leading cause globally.

Covid-19 deaths in Africa: prospective systematic postmortem surveillance study