South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national lockdown as a result of COVID-19. EPA/picture supplied by GCIS (Government Information Services)

COVID-19: the cure could be worse than the disease for South Africa

Epidemiology is only one of the inputs that should be considered in designing public health policy response to COVID-19 pandemic. The wider social and economic contexts must be factored in too.
South Africa’s Alexandra township in the foreground, where the majority live in squalor, and Sandton in the background, representing the most privileged Shutterstock

Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A woman wears a mask as a protective measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as she walks in the popular Madina neighbourhood in Dakar. Photo by John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images)

How Senegal is confronting the challenge of COVID-19

There are concerns about gaps in Senegal's ability to detect cases early.
Viral sequences related to known human coronavirus outbreaks have been identified in horsehoe bats. Dr. Low de Vries

Why it’s important to study coronaviruses in African bats

Understanding the many factors that may play a role in spillover of pathogens from bats to humans requires systematic surveillance of bat populations.