Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, little was known about COVID-19 risk in African countries. In the latest spotlight, “Regional vulnerability for COVID-19 in Cameroon,” Dr. Seth Judson and colleagues studied Cameroon – which has all African ecoregions and is predicted to be a hotspot for zoonotic disease emergence – to identify methods for estimating regional risk variation. Highest vulnerability areas may benefit from targeted responses, and this research could be used to focus additional COVID-19 research and guide vaccine distribution.
Dr. Judson is a member of the UW Global Health Pathway and plans to apply to fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the future. He aims to continue clinical work and research in the area of emerging zoonotic pathogens.