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The higher education experiences of the first wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa
The higher education experiences of the first wave of Covid-19 infections in South AfricaArticle

Despite the unknown realities of the Covid-19 second wave spread in 2021, Cornerstone Institute is continuing with online teaching and learning...

Issued by Cornerstone Institute 4 May 2021

The world spends billions on treated mosquito nets each year. Irene Abdou / Alamy Stock Photo
New malaria vaccine proves highly effective - and Covid shows how quickly it could be deployedArticle

Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in low-income countries...

Adrian Hill 26 Apr 2021

Professor Shabir Madhi
Covid-19 is here to stayArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 death rate is likely to be three times higher than the official figures

21 Apr 2021

Daniel Cole/AP
New Covid variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global 'maximum suppression'Article

At the end of 2020, there was a strong hope that high levels of vaccination would see humanity finally gain the upper hand over SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Salim Abdool Karim 6 Apr 2021

Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
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'Frugal design' brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemicArticle

Dr Msandeni Chiume Kayuni found herself in the middle of a supply crisis as Covid-19 spread to Africa in April 2020...

Rebecca Richards-Kortum & Theresa Mkandawire 31 Mar 2021

The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patients
The implications of administrating ivermectin to Covid-19 patientsArticle

Being a new virus, Covid-19 has evoked a great deal of uncertainty around which treatments will be beneficial to patients...

31 Mar 2021

Professor Marc Mendelson, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital
Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, says Professor Marc MendelsonArticle

Scientists are predicting that the social gatherings associated with the Easter weekend will trigger the third wave of Covid-19, just as the country heads into winter. What are the lessons learned from the second wave?

19 Mar 2021

Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first wave
Study: SA variant could have emerged in E Cape after first waveArticle

The Covid-19 strain, known as the South African variant, that became dominant in the country towards the end of 2020 may have emerged from the coast of the Eastern Cape after the first wave of pandemic. ..

18 Mar 2021

Like Covid-19, water use requires permanent behaviour change
Like Covid-19, water use requires permanent behaviour changeArticle

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has resulted in many fault lines emerging in our societies. One of the key ones is that of behaviour change...

Jay Bhagwan 18 Mar 2021

Train passengers carried out a Covid-19 detection test with the GeNose C19 screening at Pasar Turi Station, Surabaya, February 15, 2021.
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Indonesian-made Covid-19 breathalyser sensitivity comparable to RT-PCRArticle

A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, global testing capacity sadly mimics countries' GDP per capita. Testing requires money, and rich countries can spend more on tests than middle-income and poor countries...

17 Mar 2021

Covid and flu - Should you still have the flu shot?
Covid and flu - Should you still have the flu shot?Article

Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, head of operations at Bonitas Medical Fund, unpacks the differences and similarities between 'flu' and Covid-19, how it affects your body and offers compelling reasons why you should consider getting the flu vaccine this year...

Issued by Bonitas 8 Mar 2021

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective against the strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is dominant in South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Venter
Johnson & Johnson vaccine looks excellent for South Africa in first published detailed analysisArticle

Interim results from clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be presented to the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday 26 February in an effort to obtain an emergency licence for its distribution...

Michael Cherry 25 Feb 2021

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Viruses can hijack cellular process in order to block immune responseArticle

Research has found that viruses that cause diseases such as the common cold, measles, or Covid-19 can hijack an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body's antiviral immune response to a viral infection...

20 Feb 2021

A Phase I Covid-19 vaccine trial is about to start in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
A new vaccine is being tested in Cape Town: Here's why it's differentArticle

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are expected to start a phase one clinical trial of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate, hAd5 T-cell, later this month...

Michael Cherry 19 Feb 2021

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How the coronavirus mutates and what this means for the future of Covid-19Article

The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing Covid-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity...

Ed Rybicki, Anna-Lise Williamson, Don Cowan & Stephanie G Burton 17 Feb 2021

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Covid-19: Remarkable results from blood donor surveyArticle

A study led by authors from the National Blood Service, shows that a large percentage of the population has likely already been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and that there are striking differences in prevalence between blacks and whites.

Michael Cherry and Nathan Geffen 15 Feb 2021

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science centre amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Oldham, Britain August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo
Recovered Covid patients likely protected for at least six months, study findsArticle

LONDON - Almost all people previously infected with Covid-19 have high levels of antibodies for at least six months that are likely to protect them from reinfection with the disease, results of a major UK study showed...

Kate Kelland 9 Feb 2021

Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?
Variants, vaccines, and virology - are we protected?Article

News reports on mutated, more virulant, strains of the virus most likely conjures movie-like images of an invisible, indestructible enemy causing massive disruption. The reality is fortunately much less dramatic...

Felicity Burt, Dominique Goedhals & Sabeeha Vawda 4 Feb 2021

The lowdown on Covid-19 test protocols
The lowdown on Covid-19 test protocolsArticle

As South Africa finds itself starting to move out of the second wave of a Covid-19 outbreak, over eight million Covid tests have been carried out in the public and private sector since the start of the pandemic...

Issued by Bonitas 2 Feb 2021

Study shows that the Novavax vaccine is effective against the dominant variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Results from Novavax vaccine trials in the UK and South Africa differ: why, and does it matter?Article

To fast track the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a broad range of candidate Covid-19 vaccines are being investigated...

Ina Skosana 2 Feb 2021

Professor Marc Mendelson
Third wave is on its way, if rapid vaccine roll out faltersArticle

South Africa is currently riding the second wave of Covid-19 infections, driven by 501.V2 - a particularly virulent strain of the virus...

26 Jan 2021

Health care workers and patients in the temporary outside area Steve Biko Academic Hospital created to screen and treat suspected Covid-19 cases in Pretoria. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
South African scientists who discovered new Covid-19 variant share what they knowArticle

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19...

Willem Hanekom & Tulio de Oliveira 25 Jan 2021

Hand hygiene is important to fight Covid-19 but how can you do that without water. Shutterstock
Covid-19 policy briefs must be realistic: a review by young southern African scientistsArticle

Just over a year after the coronavirus was first reported in China countries are still reeling from its effects. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Covid-19 disease...

Puleng Segalo, Adeyemi Oladapo Arem, Pradeep Kumar 20 Jan 2021

Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 2)
Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 2)Article

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the legalities of mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policies. Here, we consider whether compulsory testing of employees for the coronavirus is allowed...

Jason Whyte 19 Jan 2021

Leading scientists speculate that vaccines will help us get to a point where SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, will be just another common cold. Illustration: Lisa Nelson
Will vaccines eradicate SARS-CoV-2?Article

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, many doctors, researchers, journalists and public health officials spent considerable energy describing how the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not "just another flu"...

James Stent 18 Jan 2021

Medicines are only approved for use by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority when there is sufficient evidence that their benefits outweigh their risks.
Ivermectin and Covid-19: Why it's promising but why we need to be cautiousArticle

There is a clamour by some people for ivermectin to be approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to treat Covid-19...

Rufaro Samanga 15 Jan 2021

SA moves to Level 3 of lockdown
SA moves to Level 3 of lockdownArticle

In a move to curb the spread of Covid-19, South Africa has moved to adjusted Level 3 from Level 1 with immediate effect, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday evening, 28 December...

29 Dec 2020

Studies confirm Daikin's patented streamer technology inactivates more than 99.9% of the coronavirus
Studies confirm Daikin's patented streamer technology inactivates more than 99.9% of the coronavirusArticle

A bold statement indeed, but one backed by science. Daikin can now confidently confirm the effectiveness of their patented streamer technology, which successfully inactivates more than 99.9% of the novel coronavirus after irradiating the virus for three hours...

Issued by Daikin 14 Dec 2020

A graphic of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Image by Hanna Vega Yinon M Bar-On, Avi Flamholz, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo via Wikimedia, published in Cell Biology by the Numbers (CC BY-SA 4.0)
#Covid19: Blood tests to be conducted on 19,000 people in nine provincesArticle

Blood samples are to be taken from up to 19,000 people across all provinces, in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) two-phase nationwide Covid-19 seroprevalence survey...

James Stent 11 Dec 2020

Professor Felicity Burt
SARS, MERS research paved way for rapid development of Covid-19 vaccinesArticle

Research on vaccines for the SARS and MERS viruses paved the way for more rapid development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine allowing candidate vaccines to reach clinical trial stages in record time...

8 Dec 2020

Surveys to find out how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 are underway. Free image via Pixabay
New surveys may shed light on SA's Covid epidemicArticle

SARS-CoV-2 antibody surveys can be used to more accurately estimate how many people in the country have been infected with the virus that causes Covid-19. A few such surveys are underway in South Africa...

James Stent 4 Dec 2020

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Covid-19 vaccine trials in Africa: what's promising, and what's problematicArticle

Scientists are working around the clock to develop and test vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19...

Benjamin Kagina 2 Dec 2020

Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arrive
Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arriveArticle

Following these simple steps can help to keep your holiday memorable in the best possible way...

Thea van de Mortel 30 Nov 2020

Many South Africans use traditional medicine. Paballo Thekiso/AFP via Getty Images
South African researchers are looking at medicinal plants for possible Covid-19 treatmentsArticle

South Africa has a long tradition of using plants for medicinal purposes. Some of these, such as Aloe ferox, Sutherlandia frutescens and Kiggelaria africana, have been studied as sources of useful compounds. But most still need to be scientifically validated as treatments for particular diseases....

Depika Dwarka 25 Nov 2020

Some of the researchers in the study are based at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
High death rate in African Covid-19 intensive care unitsArticle

The interim results of an Africa-wide study of hospitalised Covid-19 patients shows that the continent is facing far higher mortality rates in intensive care units than other parts of the world, and that the higher death rates are best explained by scarce resources...

James Stent 20 Nov 2020

Children are going hungry, and their futures are on the line. Evidence from Ghana
Children are going hungry, and their futures are on the line. Evidence from GhanaArticle

African countries need multi-sectoral approaches to tackle food insecurity...

16 Nov 2020

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Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that affects the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and societies globally. It is characterised by excess levels of sugar in the blood...

Chinwe Juliana Iwu-Jaja, Andre Pascal Kengne & Charles Shey Wiysonge 13 Nov 2020

The increasingly well-coordinated global anti-vaccine movement has repurposed itself to challenge the very reality of COVID-19. Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Covid-19: A global survey shows worrying signs of vaccine hesitancyArticle

It has been nine months since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of Covid-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a "public health emergency of international concern"...

Scott C Ratzan, Agnes Binagwaho, Heidi Larson, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Kenneth Rabin & Lawrence O Gostin 29 Oct 2020

Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control Covid-19Article

Nigeria, like other African countries, wasn't spared from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. To overcome this challenge, countries have been advised to keep testing, treating and isolating to reduce infections...

Christian Happi & Ifeyinwa Aniebo 28 Oct 2020

Research to shed light on immune system response to Covid-19
Research to shed light on immune system response to Covid-19Article

A team of researchers is trying to understand how the immune system responds to Covid-19 and whether it provides previously infected patients with a level of protection should they be re-exposed to the virus...

27 Oct 2020

Pandemic delivers mixed fortunes for laboratory, analytics industry
Pandemic delivers mixed fortunes for laboratory, analytics industryArticle

The pandemic has resulted in an overall drop in revenues for global laboratory and analytics businesses, although some segments in the sector reported a spike in demand...

26 Oct 2020

In autoimmune diseases, circulating antibodies destroy an individual’s own tissues.
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Covid-19 causes some patients' immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illnessArticle

Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed...

Matthew Woodruff 26 Oct 2020

The Grand Hotel Taipei in Taiwan lights up rooms to mark five days with no new COVID-19 cases.
Is reaching zero Covid-19 possible?Article

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. South Korea, Taiwan, China and New Zealand have all successfully used these approaches to suppress the virus...

Kingston Mills 22 Oct 2020

South Africans aren't being protected from fake sanitisers: what needs to be done
South Africans aren't being protected from fake sanitisers: what needs to be doneArticle

Concern has been growing about safety issues related to hand sanitisers, and South Africa has been behind the curve in putting in place measures to ensure products are safe...

Lise Korsten 21 Oct 2020

Study: Dried blood spot sampling provides greater access to antibody testing
Study: Dried blood spot sampling provides greater access to antibody testingArticle

Dried blood spot samples (DBS) is an accurate alternative to venous blood in detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests, a new study by immunology experts at the University of Birmingham has found.

5 Oct 2020

Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventions
Environmental surveillance could provide an earlier and clearer picture for public health interventionsArticle

If there was any doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has clearly revealed that we inhabit a world where people, animals and environments are interconnected and interdependent...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa and Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila 23 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared. Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images
Covid-19 and HIV: so far it seems the outcome is not what was fearedArticle

Based on official figures - which may be somewhat under reported - Covid-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared...

Burtram C. Fielding 21 Sep 2020

Covid-19: Chemical-free sanitation for reduced risk
Covid-19: Chemical-free sanitation for reduced riskArticle

Beyond Green's natural cleaning solutions San-A-Safe and San-A-Med are not only uncompromisingly dependable and safe, but also a formula that delivers the best in sanitation at a time when hygiene is key to reducing contact with Covid-19...

Issued by The Publicity Workshop 17 Sep 2020

Young robot designer inspires learners with sanitiser superhero
Young robot designer inspires learners with sanitiser superheroArticle

An 11-year-old entrepreneur from Paarl in the Western Cape now boasts with his own sketch on a hand sanitiser range following an earlier Food For Mzansi campaign to inform children about the Covid-19 pandemic...

Issued by YehBaby Digital 7 Sep 2020

Nigerian scientists are working to better understand coronavirus. African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease
Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2: why it mattersArticle

By the first week of August 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic had caused about 654,000 deaths worldwide...

Christian Happi 7 Sep 2020

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