Covid-19 is not a once off pandemic and there is a likelihood that we will face another one in the future that might be far more virulent. South Africa like many other countries in the world, hoped that it was special and would not be impacted in the same way as other countries, but this was wishful thinking. South Africa had similar infection rates and fatalities as many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Access to granular data on the Covid-19 pandemic is required to see what differences if any, did exist between South Africa and other countries of the world.
Michael 'O Donovan is a data scientist and demographer that has worked on the Covid-19 data since the pandemic started in South Africa.
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