South Africa can get COVID-19 under control if it blocks the routes that enable transmission

POSTED ON: June 18, 2020 IN Media
by Alex van den Heever, Imraan Valodia, Lucy Allais, Martin Veller, Shabir Madhi & Willem Venter

As the lockdown is relaxed, South Africa’s focus should now be on how best to suppress the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus using other strategies. Policy should be informed by understanding the spread of the virus both in terms of the main mechanism of transmission (respiratory particles) as well as in terms of the connections that result in spread between communities. Crucially, not all spreaders are equal, and understanding this is important for policy.

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