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I was about a third of the way through SA author Deon Meyer’s thriller Fever when it dawned upon me that as far as his fictional account was concerned, I – and almost everyone I cared about – was probably dead. So were you. It was deeply unsettling.

In recent months we have all had to confront the possibility that Covid-19 could have a devastating impact on humanity. As the months have passed since the first cases were diagnosed and a pandemic declared, we have also seen scientific principles applied to stop the worst of the spread, and it’s clear that with careful management, its most damaging health consequences can be contained...

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