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Bhekisisa wrapped: Our greatest hits from 2021

As the second year of coronavirus pandemic reporting draws to a close, the Bhekisisa team takes a look back at their favourite stories of the past twelve months.

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

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

The SHINE trial – hope for shorter, kinder TB treatment for children

Bhekisisa speaks to researchers from the SHINE TB trial on advances the study has made in shortening treatment periods for children with minimal TB.
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World Health Organisation guidelines for managing and treating latent TB

A consolidated look at the World Health Organisation’s latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) guidelines.
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The story of a lifetime: Inside SA’s COVID newsrooms

What does it take to deliver accurate and engaging vaccine roll-out news during a pandemic? These media heavyweights share the realities and politics of covering COVID in South Africa’s leading newsrooms.
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What does South Africa’s COVID vaccine roll-out plan say?

With the first COVID jabs beginning to roll out, South Africa has announced its plan to reach two-thirds of the population once doses reach our shores. The country is expecting to receive its first share of available shots within the second quarter of this year. Here’s a look at who will get it and how.
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SA is not reaching herd immunity. Our new goal is containment – here’s how...

The stop-start nature of South Africa’s roll-out is not the only reason herd immunity is an unrealistic goal for this year. A scarce supply of vaccines and new variants of concern circulating in the country play a role too. Find out more.

New year, same rules: The science behind masks, ventilation and keeping a distance

Wearing a mask, washing your hands, good ventilation and keeping your distance all help to lower your chances of getting infected by the virus that causes COVID-19. This is because they reduce how much virus you could be exposed to as you go about your day. As scientists think the virus will be with us for years to come, these measures, along with vaccination, will be crucial to help us keep safe as we go back to the office, schools, and everywhere in between.

Can you be forced to quarantine in a state facility?

There’s a difference between quarantine and isolation — but in both cases, you can’t refuse to comply with the regulations.

Adjusted level 3 lockdown: Six things you can or can’t do

Lockdown regulations have been eased, and you can now buy booze again and go to restaurants, but not wearing a mask remains a criminal offence and the 10pm to 4am curfew remains in place

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

Read the modelling studies released by South African academics that predict the impact of COVID-19 on the country.
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Did COVID-19 help Big Business punt harmful products?

A look at the NCD Alliance and SPECTRUM Consortium report on big business’ marketing tactics during the coronavirus pandemic and their public health consequences.

Full report: How 135 people at St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban got COVID-19

The report outlines in detail how SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, spread through Netcare's 149-bed facility in DurbanResource details:Publication: Report into a nosocomial outbreak of coronavirus...

COVID coverings for kids — the World Health Organisation’s mask guidelines

Here is a summary of the health authority’s recommendations for children younger than 18 wearing facial masks to curb COVID-19.

Updated: Pregnant and breastfeeding women will soon be included in the Sisonke J&J trial

The Sisonke trial, that was paused earlier this month because of the US government's regulator the Food and Drug Administration's , investigation into rare blood clotting disorders associated with the Johnson & Johnson jab, will resume on Wednesday, April 28th.

Saying ‘I do’ under lockdown level 2

South Africa lockdown level 2 tourism directives reopening hospitality services such as wedding venues, amusement parks and holiday accommodation.