Of the COVID-19 in Ghana - Preparedness, Demographics and Comorbidity

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35800.65289

5 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2020

Date Written: March 27, 2020

Abstract

Even before it was declared as a global pandemic, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak had become a grave matter of concern for nations and the global community. Having emerged in China in late 2019, the virus spread quickly to some other Asian countries, then to the Middle East and Europe, becoming a warning to all other countries of the impending challenge. More so for the developing countries of Africa with comparatively weaker systems, structures and capacity to handle large scale health emergencies. The late emergence of the virus on the continent bought some invaluable time for the continent, especially countries at a higher-risk of the virus, including Ghana. This paper briefly discusses Ghana’s preparedness, and aspects of its demography and underlying disease conditions/burden and how it could pan out with the COVID-19 outbreak; Ghana reported its first case on 12th March 2020.

Keywords: Age, Comorbidity, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ghana, Sex

Suggested Citation

Addo, Laud K., Of the COVID-19 in Ghana - Preparedness, Demographics and Comorbidity (March 27, 2020). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35800.65289, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3562720

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