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'Closing down schools over Covid-19 scare must be based on scientific evidence'

6 March 2020 1:26 PM
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Coronavirus
COVID-19
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NICD respiratory diseases and meningitis head professor Cheryl Cohen gives an update on the coronavirus.

A tracer team constituting of clinicians and epidemiologist from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is on a mission to track down those who were in contact with the 38-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19.

The man returned from Italy with his wife on Sunday and consulted with a GP on Tuesday complaining of fever, a sore throat and a cough.

RELATED: '90% of patients who contract Covid-19 have flu-like symptoms then recover'

He is currently in self-quarantine.

Cowan House Preparatory School where the children of the man diagnosed with coronavirus was also shut down for the day on Friday.

RELATED: School where coronavirus patient's children attend closed for Friday

Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report speaks to NICD respiratory diseases and meningitis head professor Cheryl Cohen and EWN report Nkosikhona Duma to give an update on the matter.

The man has been isolated and is being treated for the illness. All the close contacts of the patient have been listed and contacted and are now being asked to self isolate at home and their symptoms are being monitored.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, Respiratory diseases and meningitis head - NICD

If they develop any symptoms that are worrying, then they will be tested for the virus, she says.

The decision to close down schools should be based on scientific evidence, she adds.

What we know is that the man's children are healthy and have also been self-isolating since the patient became ill.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, Respiratory diseases and meningitis head - NICD

People who are worried that they might have been exposed, need to seek medical care, adds Cohen.

Duma says the ward councillor where the man who tested positive lives, has asked for calm after the diagnoses.

He says he has been in contact with the man and the man is doing much better. There is a community meeting that is taking place as the community want answers.

Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - EWN

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is expected to meet with the community later on Friday to give an update, he says.

Listen below Cheryl Cohen's comments:

Listen below to Duma's interview:


6 March 2020 1:26 PM
Tags:
Coronavirus
COVID-19
coronovirus south africa

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