Coronavirus testing

Updated Coronavirus testing guide: A quick reference for South African healthcare workers

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An updated version of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’  reference guide for health workers testing for the new coronavirus. Resource details: Publication title: Updated Coronavirus...

Updated South African guidelines for the testing and treatment of the new coronavirus

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Resource details: Publication title: Clinical management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease (Version 4) Author(s): National Department of Health and National Institute for Communicable Diseases. Publication date:...

SA’s lockdown liquor ban: All the spats and stats

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Take a look back at all our reporting on the alcohol ban, whether it helped, and why it was necessary  South Africa banned the sale...

Asked and answered: Six things you need to know about the new COVID variant...

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In December 2020, scientists announced that a new variant of the coronavirus had been identified in South Africa. Here's a look at what we've learnt in the past month about the new variant that is driving the country's second wave of infections.

‘This could be a game changer’: What you need to know about the eight-weekly...

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Finally, a better HIV prevention choice for women. Here’s what we know about cabotegravir and what we don’t.

Nearing the second peak under lockdown Level 3: Here are the rules

Following the festive season, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new measures to deal with the rising number of coronavirus infections. Find out the latest developments in South Africa’s planned response to the epidemic.

What’s unique about the body’s response to the 501Y.V2 variant? Find out

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New research shows that protection against the 501Y.V2 variant could also extend to other variants — including the original virus circulating the country and the variant first identified in Brazil. Understanding the immune response to the new form of the virus in South Africa can help shape how vaccines are designed for more long-lasting and wider protection.

Where can South Africa’s healthcare workers get a COVID vaccine?

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More COVID vaccines are arriving in South Africa over the next few weeks. These jabs are allocated for healthcare workers as part of the Sisonke trial. Find out where they'll be available.

Who’s new on SA’s COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee?

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Plus, find out what powers the expert group has. Update : On 28 September Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced changes to the members of the...

What does COVID-19 mean for people with HIV and TB? Check out the data

Plus, why new, simpler TB prevention medication couldn't come at a better time for South Africa. Check out these resources from our latest webinar. Resource...

How to be a health reporter: Asking the right questions of research

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Battling to understand how studies are designed and when they’re good enough to use in your reporting? This webinar by Cochrane South Africa and...
SANDF lockdown coronavirus

Lockdown laws: South Africa’s amended regulations

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South Africa’s efforts to stymie the spread of the new coronavirus continue with new regulations gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister,...

Read South Africa’s national, provincial COVID-19 projections in full

Go behind the headlines and take a look at the projections in detail in these newly released reports. Publication Titles: Estimating cases for COVID-19 in...

The ABCs of grief – and when to get help

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Thousands of South Africans may already be mourning the loss of their loved ones as the COVID-19 death toll rises. Here’s what to expect....

How researchers found that a cheap steroid can reduce COVID-19 death rates

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The RECOVERY trial in the UK has found that dexamethasone can reduce deaths by one third and those receiving oxygen by one fifth. Resource details: Publication...
alcohol

Level 3 lockdown: You can buy booze again, but there’s a catch. Read the...

Resource details: Publication title: Determination of alert levels / hotspots and amendment of regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) Author(s): Department of Cooperative Governance and...