By Mike CummingsCox’s Bazar, a coastal city in southeast Bangladesh, is home to about 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps.
Yale researchers recently surveyed 909 households in Cox’s Bazar to better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms among the refugees and their host communities and how best to stop the disease’s spread.
About 26 million Rohingya refugees worldwide reside in low‐income and middle‐income countries with health systems that struggle to meet the needs of the host population.
Attendance at social and religious events is strongly correlated with COVID‐19 symptoms in both the camps and host communities, the study found.
The finding raises concerns that returning migrants, who travel significant distances to find work, could face increasing stigma in Cox’s Bazar, Mobarak said.

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