The lifting of SA’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions, including the wearing of face masks, drew mixed reactions, with some questioning whether this will make a difference in infection numbers.< /p>
Health Secretary Joe Phaahla this week announced the suspension of key Covid-19 measures following the end of the fifth wave and the decline in infections in the country.
< span>These include mask wearing, gathering restrictions and entry requirements.
“We have been monitoring the epidemic, collaborating with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and up-to-date epidemiological analysis carried out . The numbers suggest lower infection rates and that the country is coming off a recent spike in infections,” Phaahla said.
Will scrapping face masks make a difference in infection make numbers?
Around the world,European countries such as France, a Increase in Covid-19 cases recorded after relaxation of regulations and mask-wearing requirement.
Boise, Idaho, USA also saw an increase in Covid-19 cases Cases after face mask requirements were lifted in March.
The Associated Pressreported that hospitalizations in the US were also increasing, with 94 residents confirming as of June 5 or suspected cases of Covid-19.
< p>Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) H ans Kluge saidCountries like Germany, France, Italy and the UK were lifting their restrictions “too early and too brutal”, a nd, as a result, there was a sharp increase in infections.
” There are no answers to this question simple answer”
According to Caprisa director and epidemiologist Prof. Salim Abdool Karim, there is no simple answer to the question of scrapping measures after the fifth wave.
“Some would say that once measures like masks and social distancing are dropped, it would be difficult to turn them back on in the future if needed,” Karim said.
“Others argue with prevention Public holidays increase compliance with public measures when they are required. Regardless of which viewpoint best applies to a population at any given time, there are simple measures that could be considered during times of low transmission to help people live smartly with the coronavirus – not to it with precautions exaggerate or admit defeat to the virus.”
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