Weary from Ebola, Congo also fights coronavirus

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Just as Congo was preparing to declare an end to the second-largest Ebola outbreak, a new case popped up.
Now, it must also face a new scourge: the coronavirus pandemic.
Congo has endured decades of conflict and corruption that has left the population largely impoverished.
Mistrust of authority is so entrenched that health workers have been killed during the Ebola outbreak.
The virus could easily spread unchecked.
Despite the challenges, there is still hope.
Many of the tools used to fight Ebola, like hand-washing and social distancing, are also key to combating the coronavirus.
Community workers have started to include warnings about the coronavirus on their morning rounds.
The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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