COVID-19 in Africa

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies has undertaken a series of analyses tracking the spread of  COVID-19 across Africa, examining key risk factors, urban landscapes, and vulnerable populations that shape the virus’s transmission as well as the social, political, and security implications for the continent:

Africa’s Varied COVID LandscapesInfographic

Africa’s Varied COVID Landscapes

July 13, 2020

There is not a single African COVID-19 trajectory, but rather multiple, distinct risk profiles. Recognizing this can facilitate a better understanding of and response to the pandemic threat in Africa.

Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in AfricaSpotlight

Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Africa

May 13, 2020

Despite important differences, colonial Africa’s experience confronting the Spanish flu of a century ago provides historical lessons for the COVID-19 response today.

African Adaptations to the COVID-19 ResponseSpotlight

African Adaptations to the COVID-19 Response

April 15, 2020

Presidential task forces, staggered mobility, support for the most vulnerable, and local innovations mark Africa’s adaptive response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s CitiesSpotlight

Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s Cities

By Mark Duerksen
April 9, 2020

With urban population densities and poverty rates among the world’s highest, innovative measures will be needed to prevent African cities from becoming hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mapping Risk Factors for the Spread of COVID-19 in AfricaInfographic

Mapping Risk Factors for the Spread of COVID-19 in Africa

April 3, 2020

African countries face varying levels of risk that will require adapting a diversified set of response strategies to the coronavirus. The most vulnerable countries may not be those with the earliest onset.

Managing Health and Economic Priorities as the COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads in AfricaSpotlight

Managing Health and Economic Priorities as the COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads in Africa

By Shannon Smith
March 30, 2020

The coronavirus is placing severe strains on Africa’s health, economic, and security sectors. Mitigation and suppression efforts will require a comprehensive government response built on clear communications and public trust.

Five Myths about CoronavirusSpotlight

Five Myths about Coronavirus in Africa

March 27, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Africa has been accompanied by pervasive misinformation. Fact-checking and ongoing public service communications by all actors are needed to curb the costs of these myths.

COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement CrisisSpotlight

COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement Crisis

By Wendy Williams
March 25, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Africa is intersecting with the continent’s population displacement crisis. Protecting displaced persons and migrants will be key to reducing the overall rates of transmission.

Coronavirus Spreads through AfricaInfographic

Coronavirus Spreads through Africa

Updated weekly

The coronavirus pandemic has spread rapidly since it arrived in Africa. This time series analysis tracks the logarithmic dissemination of COVID-19 across the continent.

What the Coronavirus Means for AfricaSpotlight

What the Coronavirus Means for Africa

By Shannon Smith
February 4, 2020

Given its fragile public health systems and close ties to China, Africa is vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus, highlighting the continent’s centrality to global health security.

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