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COVID-19 is killing private medical practices. Here’s how to save them.

As cases of COVID-19 mount, people are steering clear of clinics and doctors are forced to postpone surgeries to free up beds. If something isn’t done now, there’s slim chance private doctors will have the ability to volunteer for the national response because their jobs — and those of their staff – won’t survive the pandemic.

How wearing a mask can slash COVID-19 deaths

The more people wear masks, the safer everyone will be, shows this modelling study.

The dark smell of illness: One family’s struggle for news from inside the ICU

You can’t visit family members with COVID-19 in hospital. So how do you find out how they’re doing? Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism documented one woman’s story.

‘We are not respected like nurses’: Porters, security guards demand more COVID-19 protection

Hospital porters move around facilities to help transport patients from the moment they’re admitted until they’re discharged. Why do they get...

These health workers are more likely to die from COVID-19. Unions say not enough...

People who are over the age of 50, obese or living with diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to...
The LAM urine test allows doctors to diagnose a seriously ill HIV patient with tuberculosis in just 25 minutes. No special laboratories or technicians are required to administer the test

In epidemics, our health facilities can become hotspots. Here’s what to do about it.

Two epidemics, two diseases, 200 kilometres and almost 20 years apart. Find out what they have in common.

Q&A: Nine things to know about Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial

In about a year we’re likely to know if a candidate vaccine we’re starting to test this week, is effective against...
Thermal screening

The dubious value of fever screening: Why measuring for surface temperature won’t help curb...

Apart from being unreliable, fever screening can create a false sense of security and pose an infection risk to thermometer operators.

Old lessons, new pandemic: ‘We showed up to do COVID-19 testing & communities told...

What happens to HIV prevention programmes during the coronavirus pandemic? Take a look at how South African projects went from performing...

Folly and fortitude: What sets good and bad leaders apart in the COVID-19 era?

A country's coronavirus response is only as good as its president, writes Lawrence Hamilton. So how does South Africa's head of...

What will the future of COVID-19 testing look like?

Our COVID-19 response can take a leaf out of our HIV strategy book. For a start, to focus on testing people...

Eastern Cape health workers wait up to one month for COVID-19 test results

Provinces hard hit by COVID-19 rush to fast-track the diagnosing of health workers as South Africa’s cases surge

Unions, activists call for Cape Town COVID-19 clinical trial to be stopped

The study is investigating whether a tuberculosis vaccine typically given to newborns could protect at-risk hospital workers from serious COVID-19.
Protestors

#PoliceBrutality: ‘They have killed us more than corona’

As the killing of George Floyd sparked protests worldwide, Kenyans marched against local police brutality during the country's coronavirus curfew.

Could the debate over South Africa’s temporary alcohol sales ban have a subtext you’re...

No, South Africa's alcohol ban wasn't the only thing that helped lower hospital trauma admissions recently, but it did play a...

People living with HIV, TB at two to three-fold higher risk of COVID-19 death

The Western Cape has released South Africa’s first local data, which finds that although people with these common illnesses are more vulnerable to COVID-19, they are less likely to die from the new coronavirus than many previously thought.