Vusi Khumalo of SABC News reported that as the number of infections and deaths rise, so too does anxiety and fear. Globally, senior citizens remain one of the most vulnerable groups, especially those with underlying health conditions. According to medical research, the reserve capacity of lungs in older people is not as good as that of young people. This puts them at a high risk of contracting Covud-19. Retirement homes have put measures in place to ensure their safety.
“They are scared, and you have to acknowledge that. Throughout the world, the stats are indicating that older people are the most vulnerable group. It is not about others keeping you safe, it is about you keeping yourself safe as well, so there is this sense of community responsibility.” – Femada Shamam
On Monday, 13 April there was a press conference held by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who was accompanied by the Ministerial Advisory Group on COVID-19. Professor Salim Abdool Karim, spokesperson for the advisory group, stated that the South African population will be at high risk of infection once the lockdown has been lifted.
He has suggested a partial voluntary lockdown until September for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with weakened immunity. We are currently discussing the logistics of what a partial lockdown would mean for Tafta.