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February 15, 2021

Why over optimism raises Covid danger

By Paul Dennis

15 February

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, an economist, retweeted an article on Northwestern University economist Seema Jayachandran discussing her wide-ranging research in the developing world and insights on the pandemic impact in poor nations.

She argues that one of the many tragedies of the Covid-19 pandemic is that hunger, poverty, and infant mortality are all going to be increasing.

While working on a research project in India that examines people suffering with co-morbidities such as diabetes and hypertension, Seema says that they face two-fold risks as they cannot interact with healthcare staff because of the restrictions.

As a result, they are not able to manage their disease and are therefore at high risk of suffering from the Covid disease.

Additionally, the research found that approximately 90% of the people believed they were at a low risk of getting Covid or dying from the disease.

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People were quite sure about other people being at risk, but overly optimistic about themselves not being at risk, she stated.

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