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Voice of America 21 May 2020

Herbal Cures for COVID-19 Spreading in Tanzania With No Evidence They Work

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Despite endorsements by some public officials, medical experts warn no treatments should be taken at face value until scientifically tested


As coronavirus cases rise to above 340,000 in Brazil, it is also threatening vulnerable Indigenous communities in the Amazonas region.
The state has one of the highest infection rates in the country and also suffers from poor healthcare.
And now COVID-19 spreading to isolated villages there.

Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez-Hodayan reports.
As covid-19 started to hit the world, many of us were concerned about whether we'd be infected.
Some said it's as bad as the flu, others predicted worse. Then news about health systems being overwhelmed and bodies piling up started to emerge.
That gave a bleak picture. But it's not everywhere. Mortality rates in Qatar and Singapore are below 0.1% - among the world's lowest.
The Gulf nation's mortality rate is at 0.07% -- that's 12 deaths in more than 16,000 cases.
And Singapore's is 0.093% of more than 19,000 infections.
Experts say testing, the availabilty of hospital beds and population age are three critical factors.
Yet, Singapore's outbreak is the biggest in southeast Asia
And Qatar has the second highest number of cases in the Arab world, although the curve is flattening.
So what's exactly behind that?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie

Guests
Dr Ali Omrani, Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Head of Research at the Communicable Diseases Center at the Hamad Medical Corporation.
Dr Annie Sparrow, Professor of Population Health Science and Policy at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Archie Clements, Professor of Infectious Disease at Curtin University Perth.
U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab. Researchers are testing a vaccine by biotech company Inovio Pharmaceuticals. (April 8)
About 70 percent of Ghanaians depend on herbal remedies for their healthcare

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