Doctors warned against prescribing unproven medication for COVID-19

It’s available and it’s affordable. But science still doesn’t know enough to back the antimalarial drug chloroquine for widespread use against...

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.

What do coronavirus and Ebola have in common? They always get a head start

A passenger wearing a protective mask enters Beijing West railway station following the outbreak of coronavirus. (Nicolas Asfouri, Getty)
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From Central Park to Nasrec, the COVID-19 field hospitals of today are shaping the...

South Africa is scrambling to set up field hospitals in places such as the Nasrec Expo and Durban International Convention centres...

Is wearing a mask fogging up your glasses? Here’s how you can fix that

As lockdowns ease, more people are having to wear masks for longer periods of time. While they help reduce the spread of COVID-19, masks may also be causing increased irritation in your eyes. Find out why.

Coronavirus: What you need to know if you have HIV, diabetes or TB

If cases of the new coronavirus spread in South Africa, the country may be heading into uncharted territory — becoming the...
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South Africa could see 40 000 COVID-19 deaths by November

South Africa won’t have enough hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients as symptomatic cases of COVID-19 could surpass a million by...
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New virus, old wounds: Frontline COVID-19 workers demand better pay

Would you risk your life for R 3 500? These community health workers have been doing just that for years. ...

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
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Why one hospital takes up almost 30% of this country’s entire health budget

Today, the country’s only specialist hospital run as part of a public-private partnership takes up almost a third of the nation’s...
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HPCSA: No plans to include foreign-trained healthcare workers in COVID-19 response

Fast-tracking unregistered healthcare workers into the system isn’t without its risks, but it’s not without its solutions either, say foreign-trained doctors....

Social distancing: How far is far enough?

Talk of social distancing and how to do it right shows up in the Bible and the writings of Muhammad. Centuries...
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South Africans arrive from Wuhan. Here’s why they’re unlikely to test positive for the...

Despite fear-mongering by some and threats that their arrival will be met with protests, the cluster is unlikely to introduce new...

How one COVID-19 case at St Augustine’s Hospital led to 135 infections within 51...

The coronavirus spread rapidly through Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital and beyond and made up 14% of KwaZulu-Natal’s infections by the end...

Will it be enough? Inside South Africa’s plan to ramp up coronavirus testing

The NHLS has only managed to do about 6 000 tests since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported...

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...