Coronavirus News in South Africa
There are now more than 300, 000 cases of COVID-19 in South Africa and deaths are listed at 4, 453. South Africa has the highest number of infections on the African continent. The country has very high infection rates globally but a low mortality rate relative to these figures. There have been around 160, 000 recoveries from coronavirus. The nation has conducted some 2.2 million tests over the last four months, since the virus was first detected. This COVID-19 update for South Africa paints a challenging but not insurmountable health crisis ahead.
Local Health Officials Preparing for Increases in Infection Rates
Local health officials in South Africa are preparing for an increase in infection rates during this winter season, as it is traditionally the time for influenza infections. The fact that South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of infection among its population, but a relatively low death rate poses a number of questions, I think. Why so few deaths compared to nations like Italy and Spain? Is it because South Africa has fewer people per capita in the extremely vulnerable age demographics? Or, is it due to the weather, as some researchers are proposing?
Scientists are putting forward Vitamin D levels as the catalyst for the better performance of infected patients in sunny places like South Africa in comparison to Europe and parts of the United States, where mortality rates are much higher. These experts believe that Vitamin D helps modulate the response of white blood cells to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This information is available on researchgate.net. They also mention that alcohol may play a part in hindering the human immune response to novel viruses. Alcohol consumption is considerably higher in western countries than in Africa.
Wherever you are in the world, we wish you and your family good health and best wishes in the face of this pandemic.