As Covid-19 circumstances proceed to surge throughout South Africa, state and native officers are pushing folks to take steps that will assist gradual the unfold of the virus.
Whereas a vaccine could also be essential to totally stopping the virus, a brand new research finds easy steps might drastically assist scale back the unfold of the virus.
The new research revealed within the journal PLOS Drugs discovered that three steps might assist cease or gradual the Covid-19 outbreak with out having a vaccine.
The three steps are easy: handwashing, bodily distancing, and carrying a masks.
The research authors discovered that even with out a vaccine, if sufficient folks take steps to safeguard their well being and reduce transmission danger, these steps can drastically assist scale back the unfold of illness.
The research famous that the measures must be adopted by greater than 50 p.c of the inhabitants to assist forestall a bigger epidemic.
“If a inhabitants shortly turns into conscious of the coronavirus and efficient prevention measures, self-imposed prevention measures can each diminish and postpone the height variety of circumstances,” the authors stated.
The research researchers developed a computational mannequin of the unfold of Covid-19 primarily based on recognized details about the epidemiology of the illness. The mannequin was used to check the anticipated impact of prevention measures.