South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national lockdown as a result of COVID-19.
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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
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.
HIV activists in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Solidarity and organisation were key in fighting HIV stigma.
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The agents causing illness do not care for our assumptions about our alleged superiority on the planet, nor do they discriminate.
A taxi rank marshal sprays hand sanitiser on a commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure as she arrives at the Wanderers taxi rank in Johannesburg.
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Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
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A woman wears a mask as a protective measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as she walks in the popular Madina neighbourhood in Dakar.
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There are concerns about gaps in Senegal's ability to detect cases early.
African countries need to strengthen their capacity for identifying new cases.
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The outbreak continues to spread in new geographies and in numbers.
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Jokes and satire can build resilience but also spread misinformation as people don't always know what is trustworthy and what is just funny.
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Hand washing is a tried and true, scientifically proven preventive strategy that reduces the likelihood of transmitting both viral and bacterial borne diseases.
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Ebola posters in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
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Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
Kenyan health workers from port health services screen inbound travelers for temperatures at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Airport public health officials have got better at screening at ports of entry especially for international arrivals.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it will use lessons from the Ebola outbreak to strengthen its risk communications capacity.
Viral sequences related to known human coronavirus outbreaks have been identified in horsehoe bats.
Dr. Low de Vries
Understanding the many factors that may play a role in spillover of pathogens from bats to humans requires systematic surveillance of bat populations.