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Lockdown has slowed SA’s flu season

CAPE TOWN - Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) shows that South Africa’s influenza season is late due to the national lockdown. The lockdown period has been unable to successfully reduce the infection rate in the country, but inadvertently stopped the spread of the Flu which kills ...
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Pretoria malls get Covid-19 testing stations

PRETORIA - The Gauteng Health Department has partnered with Rebosis Property Fund and Faith Care Medicals to set up testing stations in Rebosis owned malls around Pretoria. Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku, Rebosis CEO Sisa Ngebulana and the founder of Faith Care Medicals Faith Mabuza on Tuesday officially opened Gauteng’s ...
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Cape Doctors Raise Funds for Provide Protective Gear

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Doctors have teamed up creating a crowdfund to expand Covid-19 services amongst patients and communities by providing PPE (personal protective equipment) to medical workers in hopes to keep them safe. The Masks for Medics was an initiative started by six doctors - Dr Anthony Smith, ...
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CTICC converted into 850 bed hospital

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape has been identified as a Covid-19 hotspot with 65% of the country’s infections deriving from this province. The current national infection rate stands at 23 615 and 481 deaths, with the total positively confirmed cases in the Western Cape at 15 396, 330 deaths ...
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First human trial of Covid-19 vaccine shows promising results

DURBAN - The first Covid-19 vaccine to reach phase I clinical trial is safe, well-tolerated, and capable of generating an immune response against the novel coronavirus in humans, says a new research published in The Lancet journal on Friday. According to the study of 108 adults, the vaccine produced neutralising ...
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Sewage could help identify Covid-19 hotspots in SA

DURBAN – The Covid-19 pandemic has had the world stumped and scrabbling for answers. South Africa is currently searching for traces of the virus in human sewage. The hope is to track Covid-19 cases as well as to identify Covid-19 hotspot areas in communities. On Wednesday, the Water Research Commission ...
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Programme helps homeless fight drug withdrawals during lockdown

DURBAN - The Durban Covid-19 Withdrawal Management Programme, at the Moses Mabhida and Albert Park homeless shelters, is currently being run to assist homeless people struggling with drug withdrawals during lockdown. Supported by various NGOs,  the team at the helm consists of Durban University of Technology (DUT) Professor Monique Marks, ...
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Top 5 Covid-19 drugs in development

DURBAN - The world’s biggest trial of possible treatments for Covid-19 is currently underway. The pandemic has catalysed the development of novel coronavirus vaccines across the biotech industry, both by pharmaceutical companies and research organisations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US. Below is a list of the ...
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Potentially positive data on Covid-19 treatment, says WHO

DURBAN - The search for a Coronavirus vaccine seems like a race against time. To accelerate the process, scientists from different countries are collaborating to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 that can be manufactured and delivered in the scale of billions of doses to people globally. On ...
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Covid-19 in children may not start with a cough

DURBAN - Sickness and diarrhoea should also be considered as early warning signs of Covid-19 in children, experts claim. According to a new clinical report published in the journal Frontiers, digestive issues were the first symptom of Covid-19 for five children admitted to the emergency department in Wuhan, China. The ...
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Cape scientists isolate SA’s first live Covid-19 culture

CAPE TOWN- A team of scientists in the Western Cape have isolated a pure live culture of the Covid-19 virus which will be used in experimentation.   The collaborative efforts of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Stellenbosch University (SU) enabled clinical samples to be obtained from Covid-19 positive ...
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Vaccine sceptics plan to refuse covid-19 vaccine

DURBAN - While vaccines for diseases such as polio, smallpox and measles have benefited millions, experts say the task of introducing a vaccine for the Covid-19 is an uphill struggle in the world. This is due to a flood of online misinformation is feeding on mistrust of modern medicine and ...
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WHO warns Africa Covid-19 death toll could reach 190 000

CAPE TOWN - A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that the Coronavirus could kill up to 190 000 people on the African continent in the first 12 months if containment measures fail. The research which looks at 47 African countries with a total population of one ...
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Coronavirus mutation more dangerous, says Los Alamos National Laboratory

DURBAN - Scientists say it is still too early to know whether any of the coronavirus mutations are helping the virus thrive. Recently, a team led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory released a paper that purportedly described “the emergence of a more transmissible form” of the new coronavirus, ...
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Vitamin D could help in the fight against COVID-19

DURBAN - Researchers have found that there may be a strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates from the COVID-19 pandemic.  A team led by researchers in Northwestern University, United States, analyzed data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the ...
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Here’s what scientists are finding out about Coronavirus

DURBAN - The question of why the coronavirus has devastatingly affected some places and left others relatively untouched is a mystery that has created numerous theories and speculations with none providing definitive answers.  From the earliest days of the pandemic, it was reported that age was the dominant factor with ...
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BCG vaccine trial starts in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN- Around 500 willing healthcare workers will participate in a clinical trial to determine if BCG (re)vaccination will reduce the probability of Covid-19 infections and the severity of symptoms. The Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG) vaccine is one of the oldest and most trusted immunisations. 100 years ago it was developed ...
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Could Nicotine help prevent Covid-19 infections?

DURBAN – As the debate of whether cigarettes should be sold in South Africa during level 4 of the national lockdown, French researches feel that they may have found a solution to the rising cases of Covid-19. French researchers are looking at nicotine to help decrease the infection rate of ...
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New Covid-19 Testing Facility in Khayelitsha

CAPE TOWN - A new testing and triage centre has been opened in Khayelitsha, Western Cape. The triage is one of 19 other facilities set to open within the province to help ease healthcare demands during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Western Cape has become the epicentre in South Africa with ...
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UJ to develop open-source ventilators as Covid-19 cases rise

DURBAN - Initial reports from researchers indicated that between 40-70percent South Africans were likely to contract the Covid-19. But with the country's poor health system those who could have survived the diseases may die. According to media reports, the public healthcare system has 1 111 operational ventilators with 2 105 ...
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