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Listeners put their Covid-19 questions to the WHO

8 April 2020 3:26 PM

Natural remedies, a link to 5G technology and life after lockdown. Listeners put their Covid-19 questions to the WHO on CapeTalk.

The World Health Organisation's Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela joined The Midday Report for a Covid-19 Q&A - listeners put their questions to the special advisor to the Director-General of the WHO.

Pangisa in Kyalami asks: "In the eyes of the WHO, what does the end of the lockdown look like - will we just go about our normal business or will there be a gradual lifting of the restrictions."

The decision about what needs to be done by a country is dependent on the situation in that country.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Special advisor to the Director-General - World Health Organisation

It's important to understand that lockdowns are part of a broader approach that WHO advises governments to take.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Special advisor to the Director-General - World Health Organisation
This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab, SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19, the virus shown was isolated from a patient in the US. Picture: AFP.

Patrick in Pretoria wants to know: "Is there a connection between coronavirus and 5G technology?"

No. This technology is meant to drive information, it's something we call an infodemic, it's not something associated with the virus. It's to drive fake news and create panic and havoc.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Special advisor to the Director-General - World Health Organisation

"Can natural remedies be used to treat the coronavirus?"

There is no systematic research on traditional medication or herbs and we would advise people don't self medicate. At this time there is no known treatment for this Covid-19.

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Special advisor to the Director-General - World Health Organisation

Listen to the full Q&A below:


8 April 2020 3:26 PM

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