Strange times in our world

Strange times we find ourselves in at the moment, Day 7 of the 21days lockdown… Another 2 weeks to go…

Still, the number of COVID 19 cases has been low in South Africa. But what happens when the corona virus reaches the townships and crowded city centers? The population of South Africa is very young, 90 percent are younger than 60 years. However, many people are affected by the HIV virus that triggers immunodeficiency or the lung disease tuberculosis. An estimated seven million South Africans are HIV positive. Two million of them are not in treatment. There are no possibilities for self-isolation at home.  More than 25 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is still one of the most unequal countries in the world. This is particularly evident in health care. 82 percent of people living in South Africa have no health insurance and rely on public clinics and hospitals. These facilities are overcrowded, understaffed and not equipped to respond to infectious diseases to this extent.

As we know, small things we can do to stay safe:

• Wash your hands frequently

•  Maintain social distancing

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Your and our safety is important to all of us – stay healthy and optimistic!

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