Fact Check: Africans not resistant to coronavirus

Fact Check: Africans not resistant to coronavirus

- Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student who lives in Jingzhou in China, is the first African to contract the coronavirus

- He is also on record as the first African to be healed of the virus completely; he was treated in a local Chinese hospital

- Daryl, whose treatment was fully funded by the Chinese government, says he never wanted to return to Africa with the virus

- There were several news reports that suggested that Africans were immune to the virus

- The World Health Organisation has however not issued a formal communication to announce the alleged discovery

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In the phase of the outbreak of the epidemic which has caused a global scare, Chinese doctors came out saying the African skin was resistant to the virus which has and is still causing a lot of deaths in China and certain parts of the world.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that anyone in proximity to an infected person is at risk of contracting it (COVID-19) irrespective of the color of the skin or genetic make-up.

A blog recently posted that Chinese doctors confirmed that Africans have skin layers that are immune to the deadly coronavirus

The information excited a lot of Africans especially Ghanaians because if a case of coronavirus should be recorded, the rate at which it would spread would be quite deadly.

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Findings have, however, suggested contrary notions to the misconception a lot of people especially Sub-Saharan Africans carried.

According to a report filed by duwaba.org., the claim is baseless; and just another conclusion circulated with no credible news platform publishing it.

Also in addition, the World Health Organisation, has not issued a formal and official communication to announce the alleged discovery.

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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a 21-year-old Cameroonian student, Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, who contracted the coronavirus, reportedly got cured from it.

At the moment, he is on record as the first to be infected with the deadly coronavirus as well as the first to recover.

While Senou is the first African to contract the virus and recuperate from it, one cannot attribute his recovery to just genetics or a superior immune system. His healing was due a function of medication administered, according to new reports.

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