Travel Ban to South Africa ~ Why it’s Ridiculous
Wow… South Africa are first out the blocks to identify a new Covid variant and are immediately blocked as a travel destination. Why?!
The question is asked in all honesty as this does not make common sense at all. Here is why I say this: South Africa has been on the cutting edge of medical and scientific research for well over 50 years.
South Africa is home to some of the world's preeminent epidemiologists.
Epidemiology Definition: A field where trained epidemiologists study patterns of frequency and the causes and effects of diseases in human populations. Epidemiology provides the scientific footings for evidence-based medicine and allows placement of strategies for improvement in public health.
These South African scientists have been on the cutting edge of research into viruses and the virus ability to mutate over several decades. The primary reason that South Africa has this advanced ability is since there has been an acute need for this capability due to the HIV Aids epidemic and Tuberculosis both being major problems in Southern Africa. Both South African and International epidemiologists have focused on Southern Africa for decades. They have advanced capability in knowledge and experience along with cutting edge labs that often surpasses the European, UK and USA.
Perhaps akin to a ‘first responder’ at an accident scene. These amazing persons have been successful in detecting new coronavirus variants and mutations early in their life cycles.
The new mutation or strain of the Covid epidemic was identified here. And yes, low and behold, the identified Omicron strain is global. In many cases there have been no identified links to South Africa at all. In the global context it would be a far more sensible assumption to make that it was in fact brought into South Africa from outside… thank goodness for South Africa’s ability to be that ‘first responder’.
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