Two Pandemics: The True Costs of Covid in the Global South

Kwame Anthony Appiah’s long-read article in The Guardian examines the nature and costs of the pandemic in the Global South. Citing recent research, he notes that that “the direct health impact of Covid in these relatively youthful countries was less than in richer (and, invariably, older) countries, but that economic vulnerability was decidedly greater. Households typically reported a drop in income – people lost jobs or had a harder time selling their goods. Half of the rural households in Kenya they surveyed had to skip meals or shrink them; in Sierra Leone, that number was nearly 90%.”  To read the this article, click HERE