Covid-19 infections rising daily

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Andrea Rademeyer, the CEO of Ask Afrika and the project lead on the COVID-19 Tracker study

Covid-19 infections are raising rapidly and the people of Free State must be extra cautious as the province is experiencing the third wave. The country is said to be recording more than 4500 new cases daily.

Ask Africa’s Covid-19 Tracker study, which was launched at the start of the lockdown in the country, stated that 65% of South Africans still adhere to Covid-19 preventative measures, while an alarming 35% demonstrate limited adherence. It is believed one of the reasons for the infections increasing rapidly in South Africa is the declining adherence to recommended safety protocols. It is also stated the 35% are least likely to take consideration of social distancing and going into isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, which can also mean they are super spreaders of the virus. This group also does not trust advice or opinions related to the vaccine.

The study also shows that there has been a 20% decrease in the use of hand sanitisers between February and March of 2021. It is also advisable to use hand sanitisers when soap and water are unavailable, however, the standard for hand sanitisers must include a minimum concentration of 70% alcohol, as stated by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). Annette Devenish from Infection Protection Products advises that officially certified sanitisers will bear the ‘SABS Approved’ mark on the product.

It is further explained that in the past year there have been numerous complaints around questionable sanitisers, thus it is important to get a certified sanitizer that is safe to use and provide the required protection against Covid-19.

The CEO of Ask Afrika, Andrea Rademeyer, indicated that the public should carry on protecting themselves because the rapidly growth in the numbers of the infections indicates that life is not back to normal and people must be tired of hearing about all things Covid-related, however, they should not stop adhering  to recommended regulations. “As we head into winter it is critical that we all practice preventative measures,” she added.

 Corn Koteli

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