Early oxygen use contributed to more recoveries says research unit

South Africa's COVID-19 cases have passed 500,000. Over 68% of those have recovered. What's contributing to the high recovery rate? Francesca Conradie from the Clinical HIV Research Unit at Wits University unpacks this. Courtesy #Dstv403

JOHANNESBURG - The early administration of oxygen contributed to lower fatalities and recoveries in COVID-19 patients, according to the Clinical HIV Research Unit at Wits University.

"We adopted the use of a form of oxygen called high-flow nasal oxygen, which is a step down from ventilation. That's helping less people die", said the research unit's Francesca Conradie.

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Despite the positive numbers in terms of recoveries, people are urged to maintain safe practices to avoid infection.

Conradie also added that social-distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands are the only real measures people have to protect themselves.

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South Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 500,000.

But over 68% of those infected have recovered, that's over 342,000.

Watch the full interview with Francesca Conradie in the video above.