In an effort to combat and contain the Coronavirus, South Africans are urged to stay at home and avoid public areas. South Africa now has a total of 202 confirmed covoid-19 cases. It has been 15 days since the first case was reported on the 5th of March and local transmissions are on the rise.

“It is not with testing one patient that the virus will be prevented…the number of peope who have got the infection must not rise so rapidly that it will overwhelm our health system,” advised the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize. The virus can be contained if more and more people practice social distancing. Public Hospitals only have so much capacity to deal with cases and self-isolation helps reduce demand significantly.

“The faster the infection curve rises, the quicker the local health care system gets overloaded beyond its capacity to treat people. As we’re seeing in Italy, more and more new patients may be forced to go without ICU beds, and more and more hospitals may run out of the basic supplies they need to respond to the outbreak.”

“A flatter curve, on the other hand, assumes the same number of people ultimately get infected, but over a longer period of time. A slower infection rate means a less stressed health care system, fewer hospital visits on any given day and fewer sick people being turned away.” reads Health Journal, Live Sciences.

Social distancing and hygiene are key in fighting the virus.

The government on Wednesday gazetted regulations which amongst them are the banning of gatherings of more than 100 people and prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 18:00.

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