Zimbabwean doctors are not sure if the country has indeed flattened the curve as far as coronavirus infections are concerned, saying more time is needed to come up with a definite position.
Flattening the curve is a public health strategy to slow down the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This means that even though the same number of people may get sick, the infections happen over a longer span of time so that hospitals are not overwhelmed.
The secretary-general of the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA), Arron Musara, said the nation should remain vigilant as the war over coronavirus is not over yet. He said:
It is difficult to say that we have now flattened the curve. We need more time before we can get to that conclusion.
We are facing testing challenges and this may result in the reduction of recorded cases of Covid-19. Results are also taking longer to come, and so we cannot say we have flattened the curve.
High temperatures might have a bearing, but so far we are not sure. We must not be complacent and we need to remain vigilant because Covid-19 is still there and the number of positive cases can increase.
The president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Enock Dongo concurred with the senior doctors, saying it is too early to say that we have flattened the curve.
Dongo said citizens should continue following the set guidelines, like maintaining social distancing because the country has not reached the peak yet.