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Stay home for your hood and help flatten the curve

Written by: Lilford Lesabe

It has been a week since government declared a state of emergency and called for a national #LockdownSA.

While most heeded this call, not everyone played their part.

LeadSA has launched a digital campaign encouraging citizens to stay at home and flatten the curve #StayHomeForMyHood.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia in England have used data from the Chinese and Italian epidemics to make an online tool that estimates the potential number of deaths in other countries, including South Africa.

Led by Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, the team, known as the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Human Mortality (PIHCM) Expert Consortium, predicts South Africa could have between 190,000 to 240,000 deaths if 50% of the population were to be infected.

The tool’s results should be treated with caution. They have made assumptions based on the very imperfect knowledge we have of the coronavirus pandemic. Scientists are still unsure of how fast the virus spreads and what percentage of infected people it kills.

Based on the predictions, social distancing is our best bet at beating the odds.

From Soweto to Mitchell's Plain, we know the difficulties communities face and the challenge to social distance.

LeadSA is a vanguard of active citizenry and calls on community pillars to set the pace for the rest of the campaign.

Post your video message and tag @Lead_SA on instagram and twitter

StayHomeForMyHood #LeadSATogether #FlattenTheCurve #Covid19SA #LockdownSA




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