The impression of the pandemic on malaria management seems to be restricted



Back in March, when COVID-19 hit, some scientists feared malaria cases and deaths could skyrocket. The African countries have been banned. They were concerned about mass gatherings and campaigned to distribute bed nets to control mosquitoes. There have been numerous fears that patients in clinics overwhelmed by COVID-19 might not receive treatment for malaria. But that didn’t happen. The countries that were fiercely contested by the World Health Organization’s global malaria program and its partners resumed their bed net campaigns. Rapid diagnostic tests and effective anti-malarial drugs remain available. The situation could still go south as the COVID-19 epidemic accelerates – there are worrying signs – but at the moment the pandemic appears to have had little impact on malaria control.

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