"We cannot stop this virus from spreading. We have to find a way of living with it." These are the famous words uttered by South Africa's top epidemiologists Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim. Salim is the chairperson of the ministerial advisory committee on Covid19.
The question that comes to mind is, when is the coronavirus going to end? The correct answer is, no one knows and with the way infections are spreading there is still a long way to go with this virus. Instead of the nation to continue hiding from this invisible enemy, it is high time people started to learn to live with the virus. Quarraisha points out that there will be periodic outbreaks during the Level 4 of lockdown.
"The absolute reality is that the virus is here and we're going to have to live with it....We could cocoon ourselves for 18 months until we get a vaccine or we can start slowly start doing things."
She added that life will not basically return to normal. South Africa must co-exist with the virus for the sake of progress. The economy has to be opened and people must be given a chance to earn their livelihoods. Some critics believe that the time spent during lockdown has given people and government time to study the virus and ways of preventing infection. It cannot be allowed that a nation can be held hostage by a virus for a long time.
All sectors of the economy and society must start operating. Safety measures must be applied when the economy opens. Social distancing, washing of hands regularly, wearing of face mask and hand sanitisers must be used all the time.
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