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Malaria and COVID-19: Common and Different Findings

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Operational Research Unit, Doctors with Africa CUAMM, 35121 Padova, Italy
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Institute of Endocrinology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Khartoum 79371, Sudan
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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2020, 5(3), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030141
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 2 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 6 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives)
Malaria and COVID-19 may have similar aspects and seem to have a strong potential for mutual influence. They have already caused millions of deaths, and the regions where malaria is endemic are at risk of further suffering from the consequences of COVID-19 due to mutual side effects, such as less access to treatment for patients with malaria due to the fear of access to healthcare centers leading to diagnostic delays and worse outcomes. Moreover, the similar and generic symptoms make it harder to achieve an immediate diagnosis. Healthcare systems and professionals will face a great challenge in the case of a COVID-19 and malaria syndemic. Here, we present an overview of common and different findings for both diseases with possible mutual influences of one on the other, especially in countries with limited resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: malaria; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; preparedness; Africa; emergency; pandemic malaria; SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; preparedness; Africa; emergency; pandemic
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Di Gennaro, F.; Marotta, C.; Locantore, P.; Pizzol, D.; Putoto, G. Malaria and COVID-19: Common and Different Findings. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2020, 5, 141. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030141

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Di Gennaro F, Marotta C, Locantore P, Pizzol D, Putoto G. Malaria and COVID-19: Common and Different Findings. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2020; 5(3):141. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030141

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Di Gennaro, Francesco, Claudia Marotta, Pietro Locantore, Damiano Pizzol, and Giovanni Putoto. 2020. "Malaria and COVID-19: Common and Different Findings" Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 5, no. 3: 141. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed5030141

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