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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 in the hardest...

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 substantial role. COMMENT South...
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Are we prepared for the potential pandemic lawsuits against South Africa’s health system?

Society’s goodwill towards the health profession is justified, but in the face of doctors and hospitals having to make difficult decisions when treating COVID-19 patients...

Catholic priest: Why it’s wrong to open our churches

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Is it responsible to allow religious gatherings during level 3 lockdown? This church leader says no — there are safer ways to provide people with spiritual support during the COVID-19 epidemic.

What if you could report gender-based violence at… your local supermarket?

In the time of COVID-19, social distancing measures can make it harder to report and screen for gender-based violence (SGBV). In South Africa, we've...

Past, present and future: What should be shaping Africa’s COVID-19 response

The World Health Organisation estimates that Africa will need up to 25-million respirators monthly. We must ensure that essential medical supplies such as these...

If we invested in this today, South Africa could save billions — and fight...

Community healthcare workers have become what some have called our “heroes on the ground” during COVID-19. By keeping more people healthier for longer, and...

Why we should be making our own COVID medicines, vaccines and supplies

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There's been an unequal scramble for COVID-19 vaccines, test kits and medicines that can shorten recovery periods. Wealthy countries have already pre-ordered more than...

How to fix South Africa’s backlog in COVID-19 tests

The COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed our laboratories. Many labs can no longer deliver results within 24 hours and for some, these times have stretched...

Africa’s COVID-19 coronavirus research must be tailored to its realities – by its own...

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Trust is essential in the pandemic and scientists here can set the priorities that make the most sense for our people. COMMENT Research to find a...
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Could South Africa’s lockdown ‘experiment’ help chart a path to a more sober and...

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Researchers will need to carefully untangle cause and effect when it comes to learning what lockdown and a moratorium on alcohol sales have meant...
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South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown has us doing less — so why do we feel...

You don't have to run 5km to feel fatigued. Turns out stress and anxiety can also leave you craving a good lie-in, but could...

South Africa may not have enough doctors to fight COVID-19. But we could be...

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The United Kingdom is taking immediate steps to bring newly graduated and foreign-trained doctors into the health system as cases of the new coronavirus...

People still have sex during outbreaks — forgetting it can be deadly

Planning for the pandemic has to include sexual and reproductive health services. If not, we risk saving women from the new coronavirus but leaving...

Can you be convicted of attempted murder if you expose someone to the new...

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The virus at the centre of South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak may be new, but the idea that criminalising a disease can stop its spread...
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Four reasons to be hopeful about South Africa’s coronavirus testing plan

In a grim news cycle, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s announcement yesterday that the country is evaluating rapid tests for the new coronavirus is something...