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.

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

A new proposal guarantees private doctors at least 70% of what they made before the pandemic hit — but it also helps medical aid schemes’ financial risks in the face of mounting coronavirus claims.

Life under Level 1: Here’s what international travel looks like

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South Africa has partially re-opened its borders, as it moves to the lowest alert level of the national lockdown. Although international flights are now back on the table, there are going to be some changes. Here’s what you need to know before getting to the airport.

From the frontlines: Which type of health worker is most likely to get COVID-19?

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Despite being among those at highest risk of contracting the new coronavirus, information about infections among healthcare workers in South Africa has been scarce. But Health Minister Zweli Mkhize recently released new numbers detailing how the outbreak has impacted health workers across the country.
COVID containment

SA is not reaching herd immunity. Our new goal is containment – here’s how...

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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.

No child’s play: Will social distancing work on playgrounds?

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Children can return to nursery schools, but they’ll have to stay far apart and there won’t be any outings Resource details: Publication title: Directions on...

Q&A: Six things you’d want to know about COVID jabs

South Africa is on the verge of rolling out COVID vaccines widely, but can we vaccinate children and pregnant women, and which jabs work against the 501Y.V2 variants identified in South Africa? We asked the epidemiologist and former ministerial advisory committee chairperson, Salim Adbool Karim.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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:...

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...

The jabs that could save us — an introduction to COVID vaccines for journos

We co-hosted an online course on COVID vaccine science for journalists.  The course content was conceptualised by Bhekisisa and the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care...

Back to school — again. Can parents decide to keep their children out of...

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Learning continues under lockdown level 3 as the South African school year resumes, again. These department of basic education directives tell you what to...