PART 1: HIGH RECOVERY RATE MAY PROVIDE OPTIMISM IN THE MIDST OF WIDESPREAD FEAR AND DESPAIR
BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG
COVID-19 or Coronavirus (i.e. SAR-COV-2) are the words on the tip of everyone’s tongues the world over. Global infection rates continue to climb and many countries have been forced to implement full and partial lockdown conditions to try and contain the pandemic.
In Ghana, an increase in SAR-CO-2 (i.e. Coronavirus) infections was expected and infection rates will continue to climb as enhanced purposive testing is rolled out across the country. The intensified testing is essential if we are to build a reliable database and provide the data needed for ongoing research and drug and vaccine development. However, it is important to remember that not all people infected with SAR-COV-2 will convert to the associated disease called COVID-19.
As of April 13th the mortality rate in Ghana as a percentage of known infections remained below 1.45%. South Africa had a similar mortality rate at 1.2% and the global mortality rate stood at 6.2%.
Known infections as a percentage of Ghana’s total population remained below 0.002% and serious and critical cases stood at 0.35%.
As at April 15 there have been 83 full recoveries from COVID-19 in Ghana. This represents 13% of known infections and rising. The key now is to focus on the recovery rate as a percentage of the total infections. I am hopeful that this rate, which can be determined through ongoing data collection and data mining, will show that Ghana is experiencing a relatively high recovery rate. This will provide Ghanaians with a more positive outlook on the COVID-19 disease. The higher the recovery rate the more hope and optimism we can attain for our beloved Ghana. This, I believe, will assist with the gradual replacement of the partial lockdown with an adapted and workable form of social distancing that will protect the health and wellbeing of our people while at the same time allowing our economy to recover.
The social and economic consequences of this global pandemic have been unprecedented. Lives are being lost and economies are struggling. But Ghana, with our very limited resources, has already achieved so much in the battle against the virus and we must continue to act to ensure that we emerge collectively from this crisis as a stronger and more self-sufficient nation.
May the Almighty continue to bless and protect Ghana and the rest of the world. Keep hope alive. Stay safe and blessed.