EDITORIAL | We accept doctors’ advice, so why not that of scientists?
We owe experts gratitude for their unprecedented work to contain Covid-19 and we should give it to them by getting vaccinated
The Covid-19 rollercoaster delivered another mild stomach lurch on Monday when the emergence of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, C.1.2, was announced in a pre-print of a paper co-authored by South African scientists.
Reaction to the news was minuscule compared with the shock waves that reverberated around the world last October, when the Beta variant - originally known as the South African variant because it was first identified in the Nelson Mandela Bay area - was revealed. That’s as it should be because it shows we’re learning.
Viruses mutate all the time. SARS-CoV-2 has surprised scientists with the rapidity of its evolution, but other lessons we’ve learnt in the last 18 months - to wear masks, keep our distance from other people and ensure good ventilation of the spaces we occupy - will protect us equally well from all of them...