Few facts by Dr Roy W Spencer, Ph. D. March 18th, 2020 in his blog.
Some COVID-19 vs Malaria figures: Countries with Malaria have virtually no Corona virus cases reported and countries with many COVID-19 cases have little to no malaria. He downloaded the latest COVID-19 reported cases by country from the WHO as well as the incidence of malaria cases as of 2017. He calculated the COVID-19 incidence as the number per million total population, while the malaria numbers are reported per 1,000 “population at risk”.
It took him few hours to line up everything in a spreadsheet, because of differences in the naming conevention of a few countries, and what he found was just unbelievable. No malaria data for countries where malaria has been essentially eradicated, and many countries where no COVID-19 cases have been reported. He sorted all 234 countries by the incidence of malaria and compute the average incidence of malaria and the average incidence of COVID-19.
The results were simply amazing: those countries with malaria have virtually no COVID-19 cases, and those countries with many COVID-19 cases have little to no malaria. Here are the averages for the three-country groupings:
Top 40 Malaria countries:
212.24 malaria per thousand = 0.2 COVID-19 cases per million
Next 40 Malaria countries:
7.30 malaria per thousand = 10.1 COVID-19 cases per million
Remaining 154 (non-)Malaria countries:
0.00 malaria per thousand = 68.7 COVID-19 cases per million This is based upon the total number of COVID-19 cases as of March 17, 2020, as tallied by the WHO.