Prof Salim Abdool Karim provides insight on the high Covid-19 recovery rate in SA

Prof Salim Abdool Karim provides insight on the high Covid-19 recovery rate in SA

The health ministry has been giving us daily COVID-19 stats and an interesting observation for everyone is our recovery rate, which currently sits at 82%. Darren, Keri, and Sky were joined by Prof Tulio de Oliveira, as well as Prof Salim Abdool Karim, to provide more insight on these statistics and answer your questions.

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For over a month, Darren, Keri, and Sky have been joined by bioinformatician and virus hunter Prof Tulio de Oliveira, who has been answering your COVID-19 related questions. 

On Wednesday morning, however, he was joined by his friend and mentor who is South Africa's top epidemiologist, member of science royalty and, as it turns out, a massive fan of East Coast Radio, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, to give you a chance to ask all your burning questions.

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One of the most important questions that was asked had to do with SA's high recovery rate. Prof Karim explained a number of reasons, including good preparation from the SA health department and a young population, as opposed to Italy, for example, that has an older generation. 

"We learned very early on from China that a large number of people are asymptomatic and an even smaller proportion needs ventilation... our health system was also not overwhelmed and we never ran out of oxygen," Prof Karim said.

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Prof de Oliveira also answered questions about alcohol poisoning due to over sanitising, whether radiation from a full-body X-ray can kill the virus, and if infection lessens as the virus gets passed on.

Listen to the podcast below for all the expert advice:

Professor Tulio de Oliveira also shared this great short video highlighting the work KRISP has performed on COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. The video ends with the minister mentioning how KRISP with Caprisa (Prof Karim's .organisation) worked together to help in diagnostics.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Caprisa/Facebook

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