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Mediclinic News : COVID-19: AFTER A SEVERE EPIDEMIC, SOUTH AFRICA APPEARS TO BE APPROACHING SOME HERD IMMUNITY

Title

COVID-19: AFTER A SEVERE EPIDEMIC, SOUTH AFRICA APPEARS TO BE APPROACHING SOME HERD IMMUNITY

Date

2020-10-07

Link

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-10-07-covid-19-after-a-severe-epidemic-south-africa-appears-to-be-approaching-some-herd-immunity/

News Description

DAILY MAVERICK The Western Cape can be assumed to have near 60% immunity, which approaches herd immunity levels – and what is true for the Western Cape should also be true for the rest of South Africa. There is a frequently expressed view that South Africa and, more generally, African countries have been substantially less affected by Covid-19 than northern hemisphere developed countries. For South Africa, this is despite expectations to the contrary, because of our higher prevalence of HIV, TB, diabetes and other chronic morbidities. Is this really true? Did we in South Africa get off lightly with the Covid-19 epidemic from a health perspective in terms of severity of Covid-19 disease and mortality?
Created at 2020/10/13 10:54 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/10/13 10:54 AM by Mediclinic