Natural Sciences lecture warns against lowering guard against COVID-19

Dr Kuben Naidoo

The rate of new COVID-19 infections might be low but South Africa and the rest of the world are not out of the woods yet. This is according to Dr Kuben Naidoo, Senior Lecturer at MUT’s Department of Nature Conservation, during a lecture he delivered on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.

In his lecture address, titled COVID-19: A threat on a global scale, Dr Naidoo gave an explanation of the nature and behaviour of the notorious Coronavirus, and how it transfers from animals to human being. Dr Naidoo reminded virtual attendees that South Africa was at risk of being hit by the second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Responding to a question from one of the attendees, Dr Naidoo mentioned that “there will be a second wave” in South Africa; a sentiment that was also echoed by Professor Roger Coopoosamy, Acting Head of Department of Nature Conservation. Dr Naidoo appealed to everyone not to be complacent. “The Coronavirus is going to be with us for a long time since there is no vaccine yet. We just need to learn to live with the virus,” he said. He added that there was still to learn about the Coronavirus.

Dr Naidoo further emphasised the need for everyone to abide by the COVID-19 protocols to limit the spread of the disease. Professor Coopoosamy reminded fellow attendees that the total eradication of the virus was not possible as yet. Professor Coopoosamy explained to participants that there is no vaccine for the common flu, even though people have been living with this flu for ages. He pointed out that the same could be true with the Coronavirus, which is in fact a kind of flu.