Access to information during South Africa’s lockdown

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Publication title: Electronic communications, postal and broadcasting directions/regulations Author(s): Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Publication date: 26 March 2020 What: These are directives on the use of...

Keen to join the People’s Vaccine Campaign? Here’s what it’s about

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South Africa’s government cannot handle the COVID-19 vaccine rollout alone, these activists say. That’s why it’s time for citizens to get involved in this ‘life or death’ issue.

Saying “I do” under lockdown level 2

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You can only invite 50 people to your wedding, do you know who you’ll choose? Find out what else has changed and whether “you...

‘I’m safe because you’re safe’: How COVID-19 brought science into our homes

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Leading epidemiologists come together to discuss how COVID-19 has changed the meaning and process of science in this lecture presented by South Africa’s National...

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.
Microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19

The World Health Organisation’s Solidarity trial testing possible COVID-19 treatments

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A closer look at the study set to take place in multiple countries, including South Africa. More than 70 countries have already confirmed they...

These steroids can help treat some COVID-19 patients, but not all

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For patients who are very ill with COVID-19, 10 days of treatment with anti-inflammatories can work wonders, but the opposite is true for patients...

How epidemics like COVID-19 increase violence against women and children

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When crises hit, gender-roles can not only influence who gets care and when, but also who bears the brunt of violence during emergencies, argues...

People without medical aid can now do walk-ins at private sites. How does it...

The health department has issued new guidance on how South Africa’s COVID vaccination sites should handle “walk-ins”. We unpack the document from how it works to who is covered.

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

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Preliminary findings from the SHINE trial for children with non-severe TB have been released. What do the results mean for young patients? Watch the...

COVID-19 casualties: Why medical aids are keen on saving South Africa’s failing medical practices

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A new proposal guarantees private doctors at least 70% of what they made before the pandemic hit — but it also helps medical aid...

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.
Coronavirus illustration by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus testing criteria: A quick reference for South African healthcare workers

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An updated version of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ (NICD) reference guide for health workers testing for the new coronavirus.

Your guide to side-effects: What you can expect after a COVID jab

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Vaccines are our most powerful tool to fight the COVID pandemic. Soon, South Africa will start with its mass roll-out. We take a look at what to expect when you get vaccinated.

What does moral injury feel like? A guide for health workers

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South African health workers have to make difficult treatment decisions every day, but epidemics make it worse. Go inside the moral distress of working...

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

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