The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommends staying home if you feel uncomfortable and suspect you have a cold or Covid-19.
This will help that To reduce the likelihood of infecting other people who become seriously ill if they are infected with Covid-19.
The institute says that the dominant variant, Omicron, could make it difficult to determine.
” With Omicron it may be more difficult to tell if you have Covid-19, a cold or the flu. Caution is the mother of the porcelain box. Even if you have mild cold-like symptoms, it is important to stay home as you can pass this on to people who can become seriously ill, “said the NICD.
Dr . Marlin McKaytold TimesLIVE PEOPLE wondering if they have the flu or Covid-19 should isolate themselves and seek medical treatment.
“Missing a Covid-19 diagnosis can be wreak havoc on families because they might move on thinking they have the flu. My policy is that everything is Covid-19 until proven otherwise.
“If you miss a flu diagnosis, it’s not that bad, but if you have a Covid- Missing 19 diagnosis, it can be disastrous. If that person goes out and infects someone with comorbidities, they could die. I test anyone with symptoms that suggest Covid-19. “
SA has more than 144,000 active Covid-19 cases and since the pandemic started.
The Omicron variant drives most infections in the fourth wave, but the institute’s executive director, Prof. Adrian Puren, said it could be over in a few days
“We hope the trend continues to decline overall, and this is shown by the number of new infections versus hospital admissions and deaths.
” Me think this particular image looks promising and will continue for us to get out of this fourth resurgence, “Puren told Jacaranda FM