If you think coronavirus is a joke, wait until you find yourself jobless and can't feed your family.
Black communities will pay the heaviest price.
It is a fact black people have the highest unemployment rate, TB and malnutrition.
Before the pandemic, we had 29% unemployment rate and around 50% among the youth. This will skyrocket.
The respected Bloomberg Business Week calls 2020 a lost year. The year is already over by March. Economists say the recession will be worse than 2008 financial crisis. The majority of small businesses won't survive Covid-19.
We are facing tough times ahead.
If we can prevent the virus from spreading to people with poor immune system in overcrowded areas, we can save the economy from collapsing.
Those who are malnourished, have TB or cancer, their bodies cannot fight the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen and will develop severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. They will need hospital admissions.
The virus spreads exponentially. It is contagious because one infected person who sneezes or coughs virus-laden droplets can infect the whole room or taxi.
We must prevent further infections by locating those infected before they infect others.
Banning mass gatherings worked in Mexico during 2009 swine flu.
There is no available vaccine, hence social distancing, basic hygiene and disinfection campaigns are critical.
We are now playing catch-up with the virus.
Forget about flattening the curve hashtag. Just straighten your attitude first. Covid-19 is not a movie.
Dr Lucas Ntyintyane, email