The most important COVID-19 stats in South Africa

x7razor

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oh no some more bs from our wonderful government just wait for December lol
 

noxibox

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How are they choosing who to test? Has this changed?

Quoting an overall positivity rate also sounds like an attempt at scaremongering.
 

noxibox

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And the rate of new cases is still flat. No increase. Active cases are down. Death rate is unchanged.
 

Sapphiron

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Just over 37 000 active cases, pretty low.
I have been chatting to a group of friends who are doctors and medical researchers.

They are throwing lots of theories around. They think our unexplained low numbers are because of multiple factors
  1. One of the many vaccines we got as children, provides some protection in fighting the infection, meaning many cases go unreported.
  2. We have had a flu based on the coronavirus in recent decades, making large portions of the population resistant.
  3. We have a relatively high level of compliance to mask wearing and social distancing.
  4. Our community healthcare workers who have been fighting on the front lines of HIV and TB, are continuing to do a stellar job with Covid-19
  5. Much of our information and financial worker populations that normally travel extensively, are working from home and isolating.
  6. South African's are a tough breed, who are used to adjusting to new hardships.
I asked them if the numbers are underreported. They said that you can underreport infections, but not hospitalizations and so far those two numbers have been close enough, given the time lag between them.

The quicker we get the Vaccine, the quicker we can get the economy moving again. Fortunately, we have our excellent community healthcare systems to help administer it quicker than the "decadent capitalist pigs" (joke) in the US. Corona is just another HIV or TB for them. Our Vaccine spoilage rate should be lower than most countries.

Holding thumbs that production can scale quickly.
 

noxibox

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I have been chatting to a group of friends who are doctors and medical researchers.

They are throwing lots of theories around. They think our unexplained low numbers are because of multiple factors
  1. One of the many vaccines we got as children, provides some protection in fighting the infection, meaning many cases go unreported.
  2. We have had a flu based on the coronavirus in recent decades, making large portions of the population resistant.
  3. We have a relatively high level of compliance to mask wearing and social distancing.
  4. Our community healthcare workers who have been fighting on the front lines of HIV and TB, are continuing to do a stellar job with Covid-19
  5. Much of our information and financial worker populations that normally travel extensively, are working from home and isolating.
  6. South African's are a tough breed, who are used to adjusting to new hardships.
I asked them if the numbers are underreported. They said that you can underreport infections, but not hospitalizations and so far those two numbers have been close enough, given the time lag between them.

The quicker we get the Vaccine, the quicker we can get the economy moving again. Fortunately, we have our excellent community healthcare systems to help administer it quicker than the "decadent capitalist pigs" (joke) in the US. Corona is just another HIV or TB for them. Our Vaccine spoilage rate should be lower than most countries.

Holding thumbs that production can scale quickly.
Majority of cases go unreported in other countries too, because for the majority there are no or extremely mild symptoms.

You can't have an influenza infection based on a coronavirus. That doesn't even make any sense.

We don't know what the level of compliance is with wearing masks or physical distancing. Nor do we know how much impact those interventions really have (if any).

Health systems haven't been making much progress against TB and according to recent reports there will be increased TB deaths this year as well as for several years to come.

It could only be claimed that South African's are a tough breed when it comes to disease if most were exposed and the weak routinely died.

It's nonsense to claim the number of hospitalisations is close enough. That claim could only be made if you were comparing to comparable environments. Besides it simply not being true that you cannot underreport hospitalisations.

The community health care in South Africa isn't excellent. It's regularly reported as seriously deficient. The ANC have also once again proven their inability to manage.
 
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