- World-renowned Professor Salim Abdool Karim believes that Covid-19 will ease up by November and life will be able to get back to 'normal'
- He revealed this during an interview and believes that the peak will hit South Africa in a couple of weeks and things will improve
- He revealed that life will not go back to normal completely as measures will still have to be taken to limit the extended spread of the virus
Professor Salim Abdool Karim has revealed that he believes that South Africa will be over the worst of what Covid-19 has to offer by October or November.
He revealed this during an interview with Jacaranda's Martin Bester in which he said that he believed he could put a date on when SA will be past the worst of the pandemic:
"Alcohol-related injuries are using exactly the same services as we need for the Covid patients. It makes sense for us to think of short-term solutions. We’ll be over the worst by October and November."
Briefly.co.za learned that he believes that we have not reached the peak but that it is fast approaching.
“I've seen the predictions and the numbers. I am not a mathematics whiz but my gut feeling, for a lack of a better description, tells me we will start seeing a peak in about six to eight weeks.
“We will probably plateau by September, and we will be over the worst by October and November. We should be going into the new year with a very low rate of transmission. We can't clear the virus completely,” he said.
Once the virus simmers down, life will be able to go back to a semblance of normality, Karim said:
“Once it's in simmering mode, we will be able to take on more of our normal daily life activities, but of course under the new normal in which protection measures are still implemented."
Karim revealed that some of the symptoms experienced by patients who have recovered can be shocking.
“The virus can infect and kill the cells in the pancreas (Beta cells) and that can cause patients to be diabetic. It is very rare and we are not sure if it is reversible,” he said.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that rapid antibody tests for Covid-19 have been approved by the South African health products regulator. Chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim has said that the tests will soon be made available to the public.
"Some of them are laboratory-based tests and others are clinic-based tests. We do not have any home-testing that we are looking at - it is only facility-based," said Karim.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a recent post from an official government account on social media is causing a stir after claiming that the ban on liquor and tobacco is here to stay as long as SA remains under lockdown.
Without so much as a peep from President Cyril Ramaphosa or his ministers, the government claimed that the prohibition would be extended indefinitely:
“The ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarette will remain in place throughout the lockdown period. The purpose is to save lives and protect the health and well-being of our people. #AlcoholBan”
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