Preparing for the fourth Covid-19 wave: 'There's no one-size-fits-all answer'

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As South Africa prepares for an anticipated fourth Covid-19 wave, the country needs to have better targeted control measures tailored for each province, says Dr Jeremy Nel, head of infectious diseases at the University of the Witwatersrand.

"We need to be quicker and more nimble in how quickly we escalate and de-escalate the various infection control measures, as well as making them more targeted, such as differentiating by province and by intervention. In general, though, I think we need to be thinking very hard about how to live with this virus, given the high rates of naturally acquired immunity now present, supplemented by a moderate amount of vaccine immunity," Nel tells Health24.

The pandemic has been marked by lockdowns and National State of Disaster measures. Nel says South Africa needs to start adopting alternative safety measures.

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