West Africa’s Ebola Advantage May Be Fading

Hard-won lessons from Ebola gave West Africa a head start against COVID-19—but now, infections are rising, writes Amy Maxmen in Nature.

In Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, coronavirus task forces adopted an aggressive approach to testing and isolating everyone who tests positive—but some are refusing to relocate.

And hospitals are strained. In Sierra Leone, they are running out of beds, medicines, disinfectants, and fuel for emergency vehicles. Some health care workers say they haven’t been paid in 2 months.

The Quote: “Since they never paid us what they owed us during Ebola, I’ve decided not to risk my life again for COVID,” says Christopher White, an ambulance driver at Kenema Hospital in Sierra Leone.

Nature

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