Fellow South Africans are waiting with great anticipation for the family meeting tonight by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Coronavirus cases have been going down steadily and many believe the time has come for the economy to be opened further.
Although a move down to level one sounds appealing it could be premature and the consequences could be dire. The economy will benefit greatly from the move to level one, but the same may not be said for lives.
Here are the reasons why the move to level one could be disastrous to South Africa.
A lot of people have received the vaccine, but there is equally more people who did not get the jab. There is still a lot of vaccine hesitancy which is hampering the government's efforts of herd immunity.
Those who are not vaccinated are not written on their foreheads for easy identification which could make those who are vaccinated to relax a lot more and infect them since we are told that they are asymptomatic.
During the Spanish Flu in the early 1900 people went out to celebrate their good fortune thinking the virus was gone. That was a big mistake and resulted with even more death than before.
The country should use positive reinforcement by retaining the benefits thereby forcing everyone to get the jab before a move down to level one can approved.
Other countries have done away with lockdowns because they have achieved herd immunity. When you watch Premier League in England you see thousands of people in stadiums without wearing masks or social distancing.
South Africans on the other hand are busy refusing the vaccine while not adhering to the health protocols. The NCCC should prioritize vaccination before opening the country even further.
Level one comes with many liberties that will also be enjoyed by those who are not vaccinated. This could and will result in high rate of infections.
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