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The past 12 months have felt like 12 years, says Prof Abdool Karim

The head of ministerial committee on Covid-19 says he has learnt more about viruses this year than in 35 years

Senior science reporter

A year ago, when Prof Salim Abdool Karim delved into the first cases of Covid-19 to hit our shores, there was one deep concern that haunts him still: “In those first months, there were many who got Covid-19 and were treated like lepers.”

This level of prejudice was not a new thing for him to witness, however. After more than three decades working on HIV, he knows only too well what it looks like when we turn on our fellow humans who have fallen ill.

On the upside, he said, “patient zero in SA (a KZN man who had been on a skiing trip with his wife in Italy) was very fortunate to have a doctor who had preemptively put good Covid-19 procedures in place and was not hesitant to see him”...

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