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We're more than halfway into lockdown in South Africa. How is South Africa faring, and how far along is a vaccine?

To answer these questions and more, Kfm Mornings speak to Dr Jody Boffa, an Epidemiologist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Looking at our stats, is South Africa on the right side of the equation with Covid-19?

I like to use the term, cautiously optimistic because things in this time can change so quickly and we've seen that in a number of European countries especially the Scandinavian countries they thought they were ahead of the game and then all of a sudden the deaths started catching up with them.

Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research Fellow - Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Is there any truth to the BCG vaccine protecting against Covid-19?

It is all theory at this point. So, it's a correlation, they're seeing that some of the countries that have fared better also have compulsory BCG.

Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research Fellow - Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal

It's possible. But we just don't have enough data to know.

Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research Fellow - Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Will South Africa get worse before it gets better?

We haven't gone above 100 since we've had this lockdown. This is working, and people need to hear that. This is working and it's not a reason to stop doing it.

Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research Fellow - Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal

We have to listen to what the government is saying. Stay indoors as much as humanly possible. Try and keep that separation between us and the hope is that in those three weeks, anybody with active virus will get it out of their body and then we can really start thinking in terms of keeping it under control going forward, without hopefully another lockdown.

Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist and Research Fellow - Centre for Rural Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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