Addressing the aftermath of COVID-19: Not just a fight against a single virus

“As the country with the highest number of people living with HIV and amongst the countries with a high TB burden, South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic must include a recovery plan to get HIV and TB responses back on track to achieve the National Strategic Plan 2017–2022 commitments.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

How COVID-19 has affected my mental health as a doctor

“During epidemics doctors face moral dilemmas forcing them to make decisions against their conscience — such as having to follow treatment guidelines designed to cope with limited resources. COVID-19 is no different.”

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COVID-19 has increased hunger in South Africa. So what works best to improve access to food?

“South Africa’s expansion of social grants during lockdown was a good move — new evidence shows such cash transfers are effective in reducing food insecurity. But the country may need more of these and may also have to increase their amounts.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

COVID-19 and HIV: So far it seems the outcome is not what was feared

“Over seven million people are believed to be living with HIV in South Africa. When COVID-19 reached our shores, there was great concern about what it would mean for our vulnerable populations. But the country’s fatality rates have been lower than initially expected.”

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

“Face masks are still mandatory when out in public except when participating in intensive exercise. The country still has a curfew, but the time restrictions have changed. Under level 1 people should be home between midnight and four AM daily.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

South Africa is ‘extremely unlikely’ to have COVID-19 vaccine results before next year

“One of South Africa’s three COVID-19 vaccine trials was recently put on hold after a participant in the United Kingdom developed an unexplained illness. After an independent review, AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate, which was considered to be a frontrunner in the field, is expected to resume locally this week. But results are still a long shot for this year, says the trial’s lead investigator.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Beaten, shot and homeless: Here’s what COVID-19 evictions look like (video)

“During South Africa’s national COVID-19 lockdown, there have been a string of evictions by the City of Cape Town. A recent judgement ruled that the city is not allowed to evict people or demolish their homes without a court order. But for some, it’s already too late.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

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

“Nurses are the group of health workers among which infections are the most common — 52% of SARS-CoV-2 infections in South Africa among healthcare workers are among nurses.”

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From hunger to abuse: Seven women tell us how COVID-19 has devastated their lives

“More men than women may have contracted COVID-19 around the world, but experts have warned that the pandemic may set gender equality back by decades.”

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The unbearable loneliness of COVID-19

“There are no visiting hours for COVID-19 patients. Instead, there’s anxiety, fear, stigma and potential grief. But there’s also — at least some — resilience.”

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