Are you a COVID-19 health worker? We’d like to tell your story

Whether you work in a hospital in the epicentre of South Africa’s COVID-19 outbreak in Cape Town or a clinic in...
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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...
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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....

Party’s over: Ramaphosa rejects demands to lift alcohol ban

The liquor ban may have contributed to nearly a 60% drop in trauma admissions, according to new research seen by Bhekisisa...
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Will Ramaphosa announce an end to South Africa’s national alcohol ban today?

South Africa loses about 170 citizens to alcohol-related deaths each day, research shows. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
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Four times healthcare workers came up with creative solutions to coronavirus problems

Doctors and nurses around the world aren’t just pulling long hours on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak, they’re teaming up...

‘Everyone should wear a cloth mask.’ But do they work?

Guidelines around the world are changing to recommend the use of masks. But you still shouldn’t be buying medical masks -...

Home sweet hell: Calls for help surge from women locked down with abusers

Research from previous crises suggests violence against women and children will only get worse as the pandemic rages on.

Q&A: Will rapid antibody tests save us?

South Africa needs to test 12 times more people per day for the new coronavirus than it currently does. Our testing...

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...
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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. ...

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...

The coronavirus ‘vaccine’ Ekurhuleni wants to import doesn’t exist

The “vaccine” Ekurhuleni mayor is hoping to buy from a Cuban-Chinese company isn’t a vaccine. It’s a drug — and it’s...

The facts beat the quacks: Our #Covid19SA vs. our #HIV response

Reporting on Covid-19 and HIV in South Africa is like night and day, Mia Malan, who has reported on both epidemics,...