Interview with a Clinical Virologist: COVID-19 In South Africa

By Dr. Nirvana S. Pillay, Medical Scientist & Founder of Nirvana Natural Bliss


Since the first case of COVID-19 reached the shores of South Africa there has been an abundance of information about COVID-19 on the internet. 

For my very first interview on the Nirvana Natural Bliss Health & Wellness Podcast I thought it would be useful for us to get questions that needed to be answered and to bring us up to speed on the matter.

I also seized the unique opportunity to interview Dr. Marvin Hsiao, who is not only my husband but is Principal clinical Virologist at the National Health Laboratory Services at Groote Schuur Hospital and Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town.

In this interview, recorded on the 6 April 2020, I ask 4 major questions and you can listen to the entire interview or skip right to the parts of interest to you.

At 0:48: I ask: "How is the virus spread?"

At 2.20: I ask "Who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19?

At 4:37 : I ask "How can one avoid being infected?"

At 5:34: I ask "What is the importance of the lockdown and why is it necessary for the public to not only to abide by law but also from a public health perspective?"

At 8.56: I ask Quick Fire Questions.

Hand Sanitiser vs Hand Soap

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask

To wear gloves or not 

To get a Flu vaccine or not






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