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Chair of South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Group on COVID-19.

Coronavirus in South Africa: What happens after lockdown ends?

South Africa may have flattened the curve, but find out why it’s unlikely the country will escape deaths. Find out what it’s doing to prepare.
South Africa has the eighth highest rate of suicide in the world

‘Your life is altered, but it’s not the end’: Life with HIV, stigma and...

The dark days of the HIV pandemic are over, but patients still face social stigma. And emotional distress that can push them to stop treatment or even into a deep depression. Hear it first-hand from people who’ve lived it.
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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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South African guidelines for the testing and treatment of the new coronavirus

Author(s): National Institute for Communicable Diseases (David Anderson, Lucille Blumberg, Cheryl Cohen, Tendesayi Kufa-Chakezha, Shaheen Mehtar, Natalie Mayet, Jeremy Nel).Publication date: 27 MarchWhat:These are...

Here’s how cholera spread through SA

We’ll update this page with the latest figures of the cholera outbreak in South Africa.
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These steroids can help treat some COVID-19 patients, but not all

The World Health Organization has approved the use of corticosteroids in patients with severe and critical cases of COVID-19. Read the WHO guidelines.
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South Africa guidelines for contact tracing of COVID-19 patients, health promotion and handling of...

Guidelines on how we navigate home and work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ABCs of grief – and when to get help

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.
Having trouble finding a healthcare provider that gets you? You're not alone and the good news is there's help.

Transgender healthcare: What to know before you hit the waiting room

Finding gender-affirming care can be tough but there are some tips and resources to help.

Overseas trips & a midnight curfew: This is life in lockdown level 1

You can hang out with your friends for two hours longer but night clubs are still off limits. Here’s what else is new.

Lockdown cheat sheet: Adjusted level 4 extended until 25 July

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.
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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.

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

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 Research Foundation (NRF) and the Embassy of Sweden.

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

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.

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

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

Mapping a virus: Tracking the spread of South Africa’s COVID-19 outbreak

In March 2020, South Africa confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Seven months later the country had just over 650 000 people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus. Here’s what our local epidemic has looked like over time.