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An Open Letter: South Africa’s Forgotten Sector

By : on : 27th May 2020 comments : (0)

The heads of some of South Africa’s largest NGO and NPOs today published an open letter calling for the visibility and support of a sector critical to millions of South Africans.  _____________ Those that we support and those who support us are on the verge of collapse due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have heeded […]

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Heart Disease Discovered in COVID-19 Patients

By : on : 13th May 2020 comments : (0)

A study at  the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London has revealed that the virus could target organs other than those concerned with airway function . Cardiac tissue damage and consequent heart failure has  been observed in up to 20 percent of COVID-19 patients.  500,000 single cells from 14 human hearts and […]

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Mobile Covid-19 Testing Units Rolled out in SA

By : on : 12th May 2020 comments : (0)

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has launched 67 mobile sampling and testing units, which will be deployed nationwide to scale up the country’s capacity to test citizens for Covid-19. The National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) added 60 new units to its fleet of seven to ramp up its testing capacity. These will be deployed to smaller […]

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Flattening the Curve: The Dos and Don’ts of COVID-19 (In Four Languages)

By : on : 14th Apr 2020 comments : (0)

The University of Cape Town, Department of Medicine have produced videos outlining the Dos and Don’ts of COVID-19 in four South African Languages. These videos provide an invaluable resource for businesses and individuals as the battle to slow the spread of the virus continues. Available now in Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans and English. Flattening the Curve: […]

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BCG Vaccine and COVID-19: Implications for South Africa

By : on : 9th Apr 2020 comments : (0)

The anecdotal evidence for a positive impact of the Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccine on COVID-19 disease comes from an ecological study in which morbidity and mortality rates from COVID-19 in various countries are compared in relation to their use of BCG vaccine in the past (Miller et al, medRxiv preprint doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.24.20042937 not peer- reviewed). The […]

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