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5 challenges in curbing Covid-19

Published Jul 30, 2020

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CAPE TOWN- Epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says in order to stop the spread of Covid-19, South Africa will need to overcome five main challenges.

Karim, who is the chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, spoke during a

live webinar

earlier this month with Viasen Soobramoney, editor of Coronavirus Monitor.

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Here’s why it is difficult to stop the spread of Covid-19:

1. Pre-symptomatic infectiousness

Karim says there have been a number of cases where people spread Covid-19 without knowing they are infected and before they show symptoms of the virus. This is known as pre-symptomatic infectiousness.

“They don’t know they have it, they are not sick but they are already spreading the virus,” he said.

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2. Asymptomatic infectiousness

“Then you have those that will not get sick and won’t show symptoms but they are infected with the virus. This is when people are asymptomatic,” said Karim.

Several studies have found that

asymptomatic Covid-19

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