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KT edit: Why the rise in cases?

Filed on September 3, 2020

Even as the figures rise alarmingly despite almost everything possible being done to keep them in check, we do come to learn with each passing day more about this blight called Covid-19. The latest revelation is that poorly ventilated rooms or spaces like the one on a Chinese bus allow the virus to flourish. In this case proximity was not the cause because the passengers were sitting apart. There is also a belief brought forward from early days that clinics and hospitals are high risk areas but that was before massive sanitising operations were set into motion. Certainly, common sense tells us that congregations, even if they are family-oriented can contribute to multiple exposures. This is an area that needs to be addressed because we are perhaps being a little casual. It cannot be the reopening of schools because it is too early and the demographics do not indicate this.

Whatever it is, we had come down to the hundreds and were hoping for single digits. All the people now have to make a concerted effort and pressure those in our vicinity to do the right thing. There is no call to lie back and label it a second wave because it is not that. There is a need to wake up to the fact that the virus is well and live, and nowhere near extinction. Whether it is spawning new mutations is also on the cards but populations cannot help it along and perhaps the worst encouragement given its proliferation is from an increasing number of people who have convinced themselves that it is exaggerated. Ask the 848,000 who died.


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