- A study conducted by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that people are more likely to contract Covid-19 in their own home
- It is far more likely that you will contract the virus from members of your own household than from outside the home
- South Africans were alarmed at the news and concerned as to where they could go to be safe
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A study focused on Covid-19 has revealed that people are more likely to contract the disease at home.
South Korean epidemiologists have discovered that people are more likely to contract the disease from members of their own families than from outside the home.
Briefly.co.za learned that the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had published the report on 16 July and examined 5 706 cases of people contracting the virus and the 59 000 people they came into contact with.
The results were surprising, just two out of 100 infected people had not contracted the virus from someone outside of their home.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and one of the authors of the study, told a briefing:
"This is probably because these age groups are more likely to be in close contact with family members as the group is in more need of protection or support."
The study found it harder to include them in the study group, according to eNCA.
"The difference in age group has no huge significance when it comes to contracting Covid-19. Children could be less likely to transmit the virus but our data is not enough to confirm this hypothesis," said Choe.
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South Africans have not taken the news well and have reacted to the study on social media:
"Trying everything they can to keep schools opened. We were told to stay home and stay safe, now we're told it's not safe to stay home. When you meet them please tell them bayanya."
"Stay home and get sick. Go out and get sick. Rather ignore paid-for advertising articles like these and do what makes you feel better."
"Now we must not stay at home, where are we supposed to go?"
"What do you suggest we do now?"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Deputy President David Mabuza is suffering from 'ill health' and has cancelled a question session in Parliament as a result.
While Mabuza's exact ailment has not been disclosed, Thandi Modise and Amos Masondo have confirmed his absence in a statement issued by both officers:
"The Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Thandi Modise and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Mr Amos Masondo have received an apology from Deputy President Mr David Mabuza, that he is unable to honour scheduled appearances in both Houses due to ill health."
In other news, Breifly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has promised to provide SA with a 'consensus' position on whether or not schools will be closing. Motshekga is waiting for Cabinet to approve the plan in the face of rising Covid-19 infections in the country.
The minister explained while presenting her department's adjusted budget to the National Council of Provinces, that there had been countless views on the crisis:
"There are divergent views on whether schools should remain open or closed."
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