A healthy recovery from Covid-19 in SA will require more effective and scientifically informed action from the government and doctors. Unfortunately, public trust in the former is less than robust. Our recent survey in July of more than 1,000 adult South Africans shows that respondents have substantially higher trust in doctors than in the national government.

About 40% of those surveyed expressed a lot of trust in doctors, but only 10% hold the government in the same regard. Furthermore, almost a quarter of respondents expressed strong distrust in the government. Only 2% felt similarly about doctors...

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