The South African Medical Association says it supports government's measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But SAMA says government should also consider giving telemedicine a priority and do away with face-to-face consultations. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - South African Medical Association chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee says 80% of those who contract COVID-19 will fully recover.
She said the concern is for the more vulnerable and these include the elderly, asthma sufferers and smokers.
"I have to stress, 80% of people will be fine. You will have the flu-like symptoms, you will have flu. Corona will not give you a runny nose, sinus or an earache.
You can have both of them together but you will be fine', said Dr Coetzee.
She said the government should also consider giving telemedicine a priority and do away with face-to-face consultations.
"We have asked the minister to look at this as well for South Africa because it is not a direct face-face but it via media, whether it is Skype or any other media", she added.
On Wednesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa soared to 116.