The Mekong Basin Contains COVID-19 to Some of the World’s Lowest Casualties 

The area offers significant lessons on stopping and neutralizing effects of the pandemic. The real story is one of an early and consistent war hard-fought even before the first battle, and of these international societies largely fighting the fight as one.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A memory of SARS/MERS, a population with a history of compliance with government orders, immediate and drastic reactions by governments, and a much younger population have given the lightly policed borders of the Mekong Basin a common thread of advantage in containing the COVID-19 infections, making the area of nearly a quarter of a billion people one of the danger areas least affected by the virus from neighboring Wuhan.

The area has identified a total of only 4857 cases and 84 deaths. Even accounting for the possibility of cases going undetected, the Mekong is . . .

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