The likelihood of there being a 2nd Wave of COVID-19 in South Africa is quite high. Even though our lockdown restrictions have been eased during Level 5, it does not mean that we are out of the woods yet.
The 1st wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa peaked in July 2020. Most countries that have had a 2nd wave, were hit 6 months after the 1st. There seems to be a pattern which would mean SA should get its second wave early in January 2021.
The international travel ban has also been lifted now & there is a concern that with the easing of regulations, people will become complacent and not adhere to the restrictions still in place, such as wearing a facemask in all public places and adhering to the required hygiene practises.
The festive season is around the corner in which people usually have family visiting them during the holidays. We all miss our families and would like them to visit us, but it is best for people to resist the temptation to travel locally to visit family and friends and rather stay home and have a quiet, stress free Christmas this year.
At Service Master, we can already see a spike of enquiries for our microbial fogging services the past three weeks. Some of our branches in the main metropolitan areas have been particularly busy due to cases of COVID-19 in South Africa increasing again.
The only surefire way of the prevention of resurgence is vaccination. Currently there are various trials globally that are endeavouring to develop a vaccine that can be used to inoculate the global population to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One such trial is the ChaDoX1 Ncov-19 (Oxford-AstroZeneca) which is currently in its third phase of testing. The vaccine trial is being tested worldwide, as well as in South Africa, across a number of different sites within the country. Until we have a successful, effective vaccine, we must be extra careful to do our part on preventing the spread of the dreadful virus, even if you have to skip seeing your family this year for Christmas.
To find out more about COVID-19 in South Africa, visit the Department of Health’s online resource and news portal.
If your businesses or home has been affected by someone contracting COVID-19 in South Africa, please contact us to enquire or book a Microbial Fogging. This treatment not only eradicates viruses, but also prevents the build up of pathogens even after it has been applied.