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Brian_G

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Let's compare S.A. to Australia in this low fatalities respect - last I read a couple of days back they only had 30 deaths (compared to our 11), and I think aren't yet in full LD.
They have supposedly been a couple of weeks or so ahead of us with developments, so then it appears to be very equal-ish numbers.

So then, what's the difference between them and other proper 1st world countries which haven't been experiencing strong winter but have much higher figures?
There's soo much still not understood.
 

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Let's compare S.A. to Australia in this low fatalities respect - last I read a couple of days back they only had 30 deaths (compared to our 11), and I think aren't yet in full LD.
They have supposedly been a couple of weeks or so ahead of us with developments, so then it appears to be very equal-ish numbers.

So then, what's the difference between them and other proper 1st world countries which haven't been experiencing strong winter but have much higher figures?
There's soo much still not understood.
Geographical isolation, and border enforcement. Australia is super-strict on biosecurity (try importing fruit or biltong!?) Their worst outbreak was a cruise ship docking in Sydney Harbour.
 

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Geographical isolation, and border enforcement. Australia is super-strict on biosecurity (try importing fruit or biltong!?) Their worst outbreak was a cruise ship docking in Sydney Harbour.
Yeah, I agree re the borders biosecurity. Their whole security approach has always been very anal, even their bus walls (used to be) covered with signs about what may not be done and the "penalties" involved.

International isolation - not so much IMO, they're a very popular destination, and last I knew had a major issue with Chinese illegals.
But maybe the very spread out population comes into it.
 

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Inside Covid-19: NYIT's Dr Otazu on his research BCG may provide shield; How SA medics protect themselves - Ep 12

In episode 12 of our Inside Covid-19 podcast, much needed hope for South Africa’s fight against the virus as research from a top US university suggests the BCG vaccination against TB, administered in the country for the past 80 years, provides protection against Covid-19. More on that coming up, including an interview with assistant professor Dr Gonzalo Otazu, head of the NYIT research team whose paper is global reshaping thinking and has sparked a fresh wave of clinical trials. Also in this episode, a US-based South African is spearheading a drive to get a skin prick Covid-19 testing kit into the market and we go to Groote Schuur for a peek into how SA medics are preparing for the expected wave of coronavirus patients
 

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What happens to a landlocked and surrounded country like Lesotho? Are they allowed to travel here if important enough?
 

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France: The BCG was mandatory for school children between 1950 and 2007
Spain: Past national BCG vaccination policy for all from 1965 to 1981.
United Kingdom: The UK introduced universal BCG immunization in 1953. From then until July 2005, UK policy was to immunize all school children aged between 10 and 14 years of age, and all neonates born into high-risk groups.
 

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France: The BCG was mandatory for school children between 1950 and 2007
Spain: Past national BCG vaccination policy for all from 1965 to 1981.
United Kingdom: The UK introduced universal BCG immunization in 1953. From then until July 2005, UK policy was to immunize all school children aged between 10 and 14 years of age, and all neonates born into high-risk groups.
there goes that theory.
 

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UK is catching up. But compared to Italy - NO BCG vaccination at all - it seems strange.
My thought is that they were looking for what 'protects' the younger population and someone connected BCG , which seems to keep antibodies on average for 15-20 years. That is just personal opinion based on the Aus trails, I don't have any extra info.
 
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