How to escape the virus, plus 5 highlights from 'Vrye Weekblad'

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22 May 2020 - 07:23
Keep yourself safe as lockdown is lifted.
Keep yourself safe as lockdown is lifted.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

In the coronavirus danger zone we will have to move carefully, but just because you are exposed to the virus does not automatically mean that you will get ill.

As more people start moving around when we move to the next levels of lockdown, there will be more and more points of contact where you can get the virus. But if you understand how this corona infection works, you can manage your own risk better. 

Projections suggest that up to 1.2 million people in SA could be infected and 50,000 could die by November. 

We know we'll be in the danger zone for a long time but we'll have to get on with life and do what we can to avoid hospitalisation. 

We will have to move carefully, but just because you are exposed to the virus does not mean that you will automatically get ill. 

Read more on how to keep yourself safe and other corona-related news and analysis in this week's edition of Afrikaans digital weekly Vrye Weekblad.

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Critical to your safety is exposure over prolonged periods, says Dr Erin Bromage, a professor in infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The longer your exposure, the greater the risk of infection. 

When you go shopping, these are the factors to keep in mind: the bigger the space, the smaller the number of people and the shorter the amount of time spent, the better. The chances of you getting infected by a fellow shopper who just walks past you are very slim.

You could of course also get the virus from touching your shopping or the trolley or basket, but you can disinfect these yourself to keep the risk down. 

We know by now that the three most important ways to avoid the virus if you have to go out are to wash your hands, wear a mask, and keep your distance from others. 

Use all you have in your arsenal to stay safe, and stay home.

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