The state must urgently counter pandemic fatigue

CATEGORY: Media and COVID-19
DATE: 4 November 2020
AUTHOR: Head Topics

Scientists, public health officials and even President Cyril Ramaphosa have warned of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases as the summer holidays loom.

Whether anyone will listen is questionable, given the evident pandemic fatigue.A recent survey by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) found more than half the 7,000-plus respondents didn’t believe they were likely to get Covid-19 in the months ahead; 41% thought the threat of the disease was exaggerated; and almost a quarter had been to a funeral or religious service with more than 50 people even before government restrictions were eased.

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