South African Covid-19 News and Discussions

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daveza

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It was revealed that at the moment, three people are under quarantine at Tygerberg Hospital following the news of the Western Cape's first confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) case.

The news comes following a briefing by Tygerberg Hospital's Dr Jantjie Taljaard, who is the hospital's Infectious Diseases Physician.
 

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The people in isolation are awaiting test results which is expected to be available later today. They are not seriously ill, but admitted for containment purposes in case their tests are positive.

So could just be drama queens?
 

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Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that six more cases of coronavirus have been found in South Africa, taking the total number of infected up to 13.

The patients are from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, where they travelled from Europe. They include:

  • A 33 year old female in Gauteng who had travelled to Italy;
  • A 34-year old male in Gauteng who had travelled to Germany;
  • A 33 year old female in Gauteng who had travelled to Germany;
  • A 57 year old male in Gauteng who had travelled to Austria and Italy;
  • A 40 year old male from KZN who had travelled to Portugal;
  • A 36 year old male from the Western Cape who had travelled to multiple countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey.
“All the patients have now been advised. Those who are symptomatic have started receiving treatment. Some of these patients are already in hospital while some, specifically those who are asymptomatic are in self quarantine.

“Contact tracing has also started for all these cases,” the department said in a statement.

"No, travelling is safe, you guys are just being scared..."

I would love to see the departure dates on the tickets of these people who went travelling abroad.
 

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Look at these morons, no masks or social distancing, test facility entrance right behind them. Still allowing international travellers from hotspots when we know there's asymptomatic spread. We deserve every bit of pain coming to us with leaders like this.

Some research coming out on how ridiculously infectious it is:

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/study-highlights-ease-spread-covid-19-viruses

"COVID-19 can be spread before it causes symptoms, when it produces symptoms like those of the common cold, and as many as 12 days after recovery, according to a virologic analysis of nine infected patients published today on the preprint server medRxiv.

The findings contrasted starkly with those from the 2003 outbreak of SARS in terms of viral load. "In SARS, it took 7 to 10 days after onset until peak RNA concentrations (of up to 5x105 copies per swab) were reached," the researchers wrote. "In the present study, peak concentrations were reached before day 5, and were more than 1,000 times higher."

The findings confirm that COVID-19 is spread simply through breathing, even without coughing, he said. They also challenge the idea that contact with contaminated surfaces is a primary means of spread, Osterholm said."
 

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Not sure if posted on mybb yet....but one patient in Joburg is critical. He is 56 i think and has underlying conditions.
 

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Mods pls close this thread.
I agree, it's pointless having 2 threads with the same info duplicated, it makes more sense keeping it in one place
Go about life and come to the check the Covid-19 thread in an hours time and the thread has more 3 pages since your last visit. Way too much info and chatter for most people to stay updated on the local situation
 

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Go about life and come to the check the Covid-19 thread in an hours time and the thread has more 3 pages since your last visit. Way too much info and chatter for most people to stay updated on the local situation

So when people start posting in the other thread, there will be 2 threads that you won't get to read, makes sense
 

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Agreed the other thread is hard to keep up with, especially with the late night lot who can get into a frenzy - pages and pages of it with little that's newsworthy.

But not sure I understand why this one is limited to safrika & co., will soon be forgotten by participants, this is a worldwide issue and is so influenced.
And the title is too similar.
Plus not sure how this won't also become mostly opinions and debates. Guess we'll have to see, thanks for the effort.
 

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Look at these morons, no masks or social distancing, test facility entrance right behind them. Still allowing international travellers from hotspots when we know there's asymptomatic spread. We deserve every bit of pain coming to us with leaders like this.

Some research coming out on how ridiculously infectious it is:

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/study-highlights-ease-spread-covid-19-viruses

"COVID-19 can be spread before it causes symptoms, when it produces symptoms like those of the common cold, and as many as 12 days after recovery, according to a virologic analysis of nine infected patients published today on the preprint server medRxiv.

The findings contrasted starkly with those from the 2003 outbreak of SARS in terms of viral load. "In SARS, it took 7 to 10 days after onset until peak RNA concentrations (of up to 5x105 copies per swab) were reached," the researchers wrote. "In the present study, peak concentrations were reached before day 5, and were more than 1,000 times higher."

The findings confirm that COVID-19 is spread simply through breathing, even without coughing, he said. They also challenge the idea that contact with contaminated surfaces is a primary means of spread, Osterholm said."

Meanwhile the doctor who attended to the first corona case says the whole thing is overblown and overhyped.
 

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it would be helpful the names of the infected could be made known, so that people who were in contact could be proactive. yes yes i know, but surely this is more important
 

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The Hilton dudes have received death threats.

Naming is a step too far, we have too many idiots.

as i said

yes yes i know, but surely this is more important

also, the people from wuhan have received death threas but their names have been made known, even with pictures
 

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it would be helpful the names of the infected could be made known, so that people who were in contact could be proactive. yes yes i know, but surely this is more important
Perhaps, if it made a difference. But all that can be done is delaying, it's going to spread either way. The cure will be too far away.
 

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Agreed the other thread is hard to keep up with, especially with the late night lot who can get into a frenzy - pages and pages of it with little that's newsworthy.

But not sure I understand why this one is limited to safrika & co., will soon be forgotten by participants, this is a worldwide issue and is so influenced.
And the title is too similar.
Plus not sure how this won't also become mostly opinions and debates. Guess we'll have to see, thanks for the effort.

Yes we wouldn't want that - Appreciate your opinion piece though ;)
 

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Perhaps, if it made a difference. But all that can be done is delaying, it's going to spread either way. The cure will be too far away.

so then we should go lick an infected person, just get it done.

lol sounds like a defeatist to me

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