Expert warns against complacency as Covid rises

With winter knocking on the door and a fifth wave of Covid infections looming, some non-masked citizens have blamed seasonal flu for the surge in cases and remain skeptical about wearing masks.

The number of new cases has dropped from 4,146 people who tested positive for the virus last week to just 2,650 new cases this week, a 21% reduction. percentage of positive results.

Professor Jan Sanne, from the chair infectious diseases at Wits University, the escalation of Covid cases says the average person should consider their risk when going out or to work.

“I recommend that everyone get vaccinated, step up vaccinations and take their own precautions to wear a mask when leaving home,” he said.

Pauline Kempster-Britz of Randburg said she still wears a mask with religious beliefs despite the relaxation of mask rules.

“I also still disinfect everywhere I go as nothing has changed. I don’t want to take any risk,” Kempster-Britz said.

She said she has been watching infections rise over the past few weeks.

“I think there is a spike in infections because fewer people are wearing masks and getting complacent,” she said.

Kempster-Britz said people quickly forgot about the bad times of total lockdown and the full impact of rules and restrictions.

Buitumelo Mokabane of Capital Park said she no longer wears a mask outside. Mokabane said she had heard that wearing a mask could cause a throat infection.

“No big deal, but I still wear it indoors. It’s a must, I can’t risk it,” she said.

Mokabane said that because it took us time to adjust to wearing masks, she would feel uncomfortable not wearing a mask indoors. Zandry Burger said her entire family is currently sick.

“It’s just seasonal flu because we rarely go into town once a week,” Burger said.

Nico Vermaak said he is waiting for smart people to announce a new option.

“Even if the virus was weakening, I was still careful,” he said.

Erica Eibers said we should throw away the masks.

“Covid is Covid whether you wear a mask or not, because I know many vaccinated people who have been diagnosed with Covid,” Eibers said.

Jaco Pretorius agreed and said that he did not believe that masks helped.