How legislation could hamper the response to coronavirus – MARTIN VAN STADEN
The coronavirus is spreading around the world at an increasing rate. Of no surprise to some of us, and a cause for considerable concern today, is that the South African government sowed a seed of disaster some years back. Our healthcare system’s ability to respond to this crisis was seriously jeopardised when government passed the National Health Act of 2003.
The key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus is what healthcare experts call “flattening the curve” of the pandemic. The way to do this is to practice self-isolation and social distancing so that fewer people are infected. Drew Harris, a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University, notes that through self-isolation and social distancing, the healthcare system can “adjust and accommodate all the people who are possibly going to get sick and possibly need hospital care”.
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Publish date: 18 March 2020
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