More than a year has passed since the coronavirus arrived in the world and during this time thousands of research have been done in different countries. According to an analysis published on Tuesday, only four percent of the scientific research published on Kovid-19 worldwide is related to Africa, while it is the second-largest continent in the world. Researchers analyzed more than two thousand peer-reviewed articles published in 10 major health and medical journals between January 1 and September 30, 2020. During this period, it was found that 94 articles out of 2,196, i.e. about four percent, contained material related to Africa or any country of this continent.
According to the analysis, in articles related to Africa, only 210 out of 619 listed authors were African i.e. 34 percent. This means that two-thirds of the authors of Kovid-19 research related to this continent were non-Africans. This analysis has been published in the online journal BMJ Global Health. Its authors say that the results were not surprising given how African writers are characterized under scientific research.
If we talk about corona infection, there are confirmed cases of about 4 million infections across the continent, and more than one lakh people have died due to the virus. Although millions of people here have also been cured of this disease, now the new strain of Corona has increased even more concern.
The new strain of Corona found in South Africa has spread to many countries including India. Although this new strain can cause more serious illness or increase the risk of death than before, there is no strong evidence yet, but scientists say that it is definitely contagious. Some time ago, quoting research, the scientists warned that this strain can 'betray' the body's antibodies as well as the immune system. Therefore, there is a need to be very careful.
Note: This article is based on the study report published in BMJ Global Health, which detailed the research.