Netcare CEO Richard Friedland revealed that most patients at the group’s Gauteng hospitals are showing milder symptoms compared to the past waves. It shows that the current infections are not giving a bad sign as in people dying or being severely ill, in the past wives advancing people die one after the other which was very worrying as we thought that things were going to get worse.
Approximately 90% of the Covid-19 patients at Netcare’s hospitals don’t need oxygen, he said describing the cases as "incidental". There was a point where hospitals are even running out of oxygen is when people were over flooding but now things have changed and it is even better that most people have vaccinated. Which has reduced the number of severe illness and at the same time it shows that even those who have not vaccinated and not badly affected by those current covid-19 wave.
Despite the less severe fourth wave, Friedland urged South Africans to be cautious and to take the virus seriously. So despite the fact that the number of hospitalizations have reduced and also the fact that people are not being severely ill, people should keep taking care of themselves and making sure that they follow all the lockdown regulations.
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