Published 31 March 2020 by By Dr Iqbal Survé

Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)

Cape Town – An unseen and invisible enemy has brought about a profound change in the way we humans view what we call life.

In our usual world, race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religion, wealth or poverty status, and even age are often used to discriminate against people who are different from us. This is even more prevalent since the dawning of the “follow-me” era of social media, where people follow those with similar likes and interests, eschewing those who don’t fit the bill.

But, in a world dominated by Covid-19, there is no place for our foibles because Covid-19 does not discriminate. Having crossed from animals into humans, Covid-19 sees no differences and needs no one to follow it, but it will surely follow YOU.

A previously unknown betacoronavirus (hCoV-19), Covid-19 was first detected in China and reported on in December. It is a virus that attacks the respiratory system in humans and has been linked to bats and pangolins. Experts confirm the virus is not a living organism.

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