Haiti Has One Of World’s Lowest COVID Death Rates

Most people have given up wearing masks in public on the streets of Port-au-Prince and elsewhere.(Photo via NPR)

(NPR) Haiti has one of the lowest death rates from COVID-19 in the world.

As of the end of April, only 254 deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in Haiti over the course of the entire pandemic. The Caribbean nation, which often struggles with infectious diseases, has a COVID-19 death rate of just 22 per million. In the U.S. the COVID-19 death rate is 1,800 per million, and in parts of Europe. the fatality rate is approaching 3,000 deaths per million.

Haiti’s success is not due to some innovative intervention against the virus. Most people have given up wearing masks in public. Buses and markets are crowded. And Haiti hasn’t yet administered a single COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Jean “Bill” Pape says a combination of factors have kept the death rate so low.

Pape played a role similar to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s in the U.S. The 74-year-old Haitian doctor served as the co-chair of a national commission in Haiti to deal with COVID-19, leading the country’s effort to deal with the crisis. But the commission was dissolved earlier this year.

Read more at: NPR

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