South Africa: World TB Day - What Does COVID-19 Mean for People With TB?

[spotlight] Tuberculosis (TB) is believed to make people more vulnerable to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). This poses a particular problem in South Africa, which is one of the 10 highest burden TB countries in the world and has a relatively weak health system.
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This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Could BCG, a 100-year-old Vaccine for Tuberculosis, Protect Against Coronavirus? appeared first on Inter Press Service.
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