The Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests are laboratory-analysed tests which determine if a person has contracted the coronavirus and in response developed antibodies to fight it. It therefore tests for immunity against the coronavirus.
Now that Level 1 has settled in and we've seen an obvious decrease in numbers, we now wonder about the possible second wave. Western Cape is going above and beyond in trying to prepare for a second wave as seen in many other countries.
While the majority of those who test positive for the virus recover fully, there are a growing number of people who can’t seem to shake unusual symptoms that linger months later. Shakira Choonara, an African Union Youth Advisory Council member, says some of these patients develop what medical health professionals call post-Covid-19 lung disease, which is permanent damage to the lungs.
Government has launched the COVID Alert SA app which enables you to be notified if you've been exposed to the virus or not. This is in efforts to go even further with contact tracing while also keeping your identity and infection status private.
Health officials are now looking at whether South Africa will see a second Covid-19 wave and if re-infections are possible as the country sees progress in the battle with Covid-19. The next few days are therefore said to be vital for South Africa and will be able to tell us what to expect now that we are seeing a decline in cases across the country.
Covid-19 antibody tests are approved and are now available in South Africa. With this, you could find out if you're immune to the coronavirus or not. Here's some information on what exactly an antibody test is and how it works.
While the country waits to hear whether we'll be moving to Lockdown Level 2 or not, Gauteng seems to be ready to have lockdown regulations eased in the Province. However, there have been warnings of a possible second surge in cases.
The country has seen many positives in it's way of dealing with this pandemic and things seem to have eased as multiple provinces pass their peak. Now, officials are pushing for level 2 and many are speculating that the President might announce a further easing of lockdown regulations. Are we finally moving to lockdown level 2?