Laboratory testing still plays a vital role in the diagnosis and the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
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It is important to understand that not everyone should be tested and that the timing and correct use of the different types tests is important in order to gain the best results.
A COVID-19 test in Utah. The country’s pandemic response has been politicized, making comprehensive changes to public health more difficult.
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Health policy and politics scholars expect political fallout from the federal response to the pandemic will play out for years, with trust in government taking a big hit.
Women have a huge amount to contribute to science and research, if the right support systems are in place.
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Reasons why women's voices are ignored in science reporting range from socio-cultural influences that inform gender norms, to perceptions of leadership and political power structures.
A tightly packed and busy urban slum in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria.
Urban governance must include community groups, non-state and informal actors in the battle against COVID-19 in Africa.
The increasingly well-coordinated global anti-vaccine movement has repurposed itself to challenge the very reality of COVID-19.
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A safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be developed in record time and may be approved for production, distribution and acceptance some time in 2021.
Male involvement antenatal care helps with the uptake of services and retention in care of both the mother and her baby.
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Male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is key for the uptake of services and retention in care. When men are involved, HIV exposed or infected children do better.
Illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.
The African continent has the highest burden of gonorrhoea worldwide. In South Africa alone, it's estimated that more than 2 million new cases occur annually.
Professor Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, displays one of the most advanced automated acid extractors being used in the laboratory.
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To effectively control COVID-19 and prevent a future pandemic, Nigeria needs to start investing heavily in science research.
Depression screening must happen in the chronic care clinics.
Depression and diabetes can occur together, and put huge strain on patients and health systems. Depression in patients with diabetes can cause poor self-management and poor treatment adherence.
Business restrictions early in the pandemic, when rural towns had few cases, triggered a backlash that haunts them now.
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Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now "red zones," suggesting viral spread is out of control.
In Australia, we do housing and we do health, but they sit in different portfolios of government and the policy dots aren't joined often enough.
South Africa hasn't successfully developed institutional capacity and the government skills to manage industrial risks to communities and the environment.
Children playing in a village in Ondo state in Nigeria.
Large numbers of young people can represent great economic potential. But this only works if Nigeria can invest in their health and education and new economic opportunities.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions.
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It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
Any COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be given first to higher risk groups before it is given to children. But we still need vaccines that are safe and effective for them too.
Demonstrators hold a vigil marking the death of Joyce Echaquan, who recorded insults hurled at her by staff at the Joliette, QC, hospital while she was there for treatment.
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Joyce’s Principle seeks to shift the way health services are provided to Indigenous communities and ensure they are free of discrimination.
People wait for care at a Kenyan clinic.
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Removal of user fees or full subsidisation of insurance premiums doesn’t fully eliminate financial access barriers.
Densely populated areas, like Mathare in Kenya, enable viruses to spread rapidly.
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Slums are a challenge for controlling the pandemic. Strengthening their fragile healthcare provision would help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much modern societies are governed by statistics. Despite their objective appearance, these numbers gain their strength from very human relationships.
A woman casts her ballot in Victoria, Seychelles in 2016.
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The country has built a fairly good reputation for well-functioning, democratic governance.