On Monday, 1 February 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the easing of some lockdown restrictions in South Africa under adjusted Level 3 of the lockdown. Although the new lockdown regulations have been eased, the Covid-19 pandemic is still a reality and we must all play our part in reducing its spread.

1. Preventative tips

  • Always wear a mask in public.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

2. Know the common symptoms

Take care of yourself and be aware of the common Covid-19 symptoms: fever, sore throat, shortness of breath. Take the necessary precautions and seek medical attention.

3. Don’t panic

The South African Covid-19 online resource and news portal reports that 82% of COVID-19 cases are mild: patients only experience a slight fever, fatigue and a cough. Only about 6% of patients need intensive care. Most people can stay at home and get better without hospital treatment.

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Visit the South African Covid-19 online resource and news portal for announcements, vaccine updates, regulations and more information.