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...

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.
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South Africa guidelines for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients, health promotion and handling of...

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Guidelines on how we navigate home and work during the coronavirus pandemic. Resource details: Publication title: COVID-19 Environmental Health GuidelinesAuthor(s): Department of HealthPublication date: 16 March...

Beaches, bars and gyms are back: What you can and can’t do under level...

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The curfew stays, you'll have to wear a mask to the gym and you can only order alcohol until 10pm. But you'll be able...

45.6% of SA adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID

Nationally, 45.6% of eligible adults have been fully vaccinated. Limpopo is leading the pack with the Eastern Cape hot on its heels & the Western Cape not far behind.

‘Hard lockdown is no longer sustainable in its current form’ — Mkhize

Take a look at what Health Minister Zweli Mkhize presented to the National Command Council. Resource details: Publication Title: Presentation to the National Command Council: Easing...

‘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...

When all else fails: Why people opt for backstreet abortions

Abortion is legal in South Africa. But bad treatment, stigma, a lack of privacy and long waiting periods for abortions at government clinics can drive people to illegal providers. A reproductive health researcher and an abortion doctor explain backroom abortions and what can be done to make it easier to go the safe route instead.

Sorry, no scalp massages: Hairdresser rules under #level3lockdown

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Itching to get your hair and nails done during lockdown? Well, now you can visit your stylist — but make sure to book an...

Explained: This is how advances in HIV medicines helped turn the tide on a...

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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted access to services for HIV prevention and treatment — but before that great progress had been made in these areas. An ever-expanding toolkit of new interventions and medications has helped turn what was once a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. Find out more.

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...

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

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This is what the health authority recommends for children younger than 18. Resource details: Publication title: Advice on the use of masks for children in the...

Lockdown cheat sheet: Adjusted level 4 extended until 25 July

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Gauteng is closed for the next two weeks. Gym sessions are over for now, as are alcohol sales and visits with your friends and family at home.

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...

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...

No cloth mask, no entry: Rules for restaurants, hotels and casinos under level 3...

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Here’s how tourism services can reopen while protecting their employees and patrons from the coronavirus. Resource details: Publication title: Directions to address, prevent and combat the...