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.

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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