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"COVID-19 To Outlive Past Pandemics"

A local health expert has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could last beyond 2023 if people continue to disregard measures meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive officer Solwayo Ngwenya made the remarks after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said acute COVID-19 deaths and hospitalisations could end in 2022.

Speaking to NewsDay on Tuesday, Ngwenya said gross complacency is promoting the mutation of the virus and this will ensure that COVID-19 with outlive other pandemics in the past. He said:

Pandemics don’t just end with a few deaths. Globally, pandemics kill a lot of people, millions, according to their historical backgrounds.

We haven’t seen anything yet if people continue with the lackadaisical approach of complying with the prevention measures.

This COVID-19 is being perpetuated by the global population gross complacency which is promoting virus mutation, and other changes.

As long as we are allowing the virus to spread like we are doing, the COVID-19 pandemic will outlive other pandemics in the past.

The Spanish flu, for instance, lasted for about three years, but COVID-19 may last longer if people remain complacent.

Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said the public should continue to adhere to COVID-19 control measures and also to get vaccinated. Said Rusike:

The big problem is that people are taking their focus from the main challenge which is the COVID-19 pandemic and are now instead, focusing on the Omicron variant, but the control measures remain the same, what may differ is that some strains are more virulent or cause more severe illnesses than others.

The general COVID-19 prevention measures should continue to be adhered to, including vaccination.

More: NewsDay

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7 Comments

Tkt 7 months ago

So stupid of a DOCTOR
what do you mean by this

""Pandemics don’t just end with a few deaths. Globally, pandemics kill a lot of people, millions, according to their historical backgrounds.

We haven’t seen anything yet if people continue with the lackadaisical approach of complying with the prevention measures.""

when COVID has already taken the lives of atleast 4.5M people

ifa iwe number isvike pa the MILLION figure you want COVID yacho yobva yapera

njaaaaaaaa


Tek-Tek 7 months ago

Haa ndaneta nezvecovid izvi kana ichiuraya ngayingo uraya mhani,everyday this that covid,maChina imboko dzevanhu necovid yawo ndiyani akati bat-bat rinodyiwa,kungodya zvese zvese kunge kamwana kadiki,haaa fuckoff im sick and tired of this covid, ahitinzwiro tsitsi here kuti tukugara muZIMBABWE, Living in zim is punishment enough,why bring more misery,


Makelanwi 7 months ago

This Professor is a prophet of doom,nxaaa,hameno professor chete zvazvaita


Adv slamey 7 months ago

Dr are you trying to say that those vast nbers of people who have succumbed to covid globally ,the number is just too little according to your view


Herd Immunity 7 months ago

This one nxaaaa. His greatest contribution to Covid pandemic has just been speaking gloom and doom. He isn't doing anything to bring solution. Siyanai naye uyu.


The guy 7 months ago

Those are utterances of a doctor on a moribund career. A real doctor does not solve grievances by pleading for their rectification, he does so by getting to the route cause. Invent a medicine doctor as opposed to analyzing the virus


Rutendo chinhoka 7 months ago

Taneta necovid.vhurayi zvikoro.inga takabaiwa wani



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