New book exposes how the misuse of science compounded SA’s Covid crisis

One Virus, Two Countries examines SA’s response to Covid and its first world minority’s fixation on Western science

13 December 2021 - 20:15 By STEVEN FRIEDMAN

Now, and in the past, “following the science” on Covid-19 has landed SA in trouble. This is not an indictment of science, but of the way it is understood in SA.

My new book One Virus, Two Countries, which examines SA’s response to Covid-19’s arrival in 2020, points out that SA fared far worse than the rest of Africa — its case and death numbers were equal to those of the rest of Africa combined. While it is commonly claimed that this is because SA tests more, its own scientists have acknowledged that this is not. The book argues that this happened because the minority in SA public life is fixated on Europe and North America...

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