Medical personnel attend a Covid-19 patient at an intensive care unit in Muret, near Toulouse, on November 17, 2020.
France’s per-capita death toll from Covid-19 is higher than the average for high-income countries. A lack of prevention and the initial rigidity of the French system are largely to responsible.
Differences in the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work can lead to health disparities.
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Addressing racial and ethnic health gaps is becoming even more important as the US population continues its shift toward a minority-majority nation.
Your body might need a nudge to return to its pre-lockdown weight. And it’s probably better to act now than wait.
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Obesity and excess weight increase the risk of COVID progressing to severe disease, including in children. Vaccination is key to reducing this risk.
A pop-up site in Johannesburg aimed at encouraging mini-bus taxi operators and commuters to vaccinate on site.
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Between May 2020 and early September 2021, over a quarter of a million more people have died from natural causes than was predicted for that time period.
Being immunocompromised appears to affect the vaccine response, but this seems to vary depending on the causes of the person’s low immunity.
For many people, park and playground closures during COVID-19 meant having even fewer exercise options.
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Socio-economic factors are major barriers to physical activity. New research suggests this is one more reason why disadvantaged people were at increased risk for COVID-19.
Healthcare provision in South Africa is centered in hospitals.
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Patients shouldn’t be treated better simply because they can afford to pay more.
The emergence of a fungal infection called mucormycosis in India is another unexpected and distressing consequence of the COVID pandemic.
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Meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity reduces the risk of falling ill and dying of infectious diseases by 37%.
Review of the latest evidence identifies the risk factors for pregnant women.
People relying on HIV prevention, care and treatment services have become even more vulnerable because of COVID-19.
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If the world is single-minded and focuses purely on combating one pandemic, forgetting others, the effects of other morbidity and mortality on healthcare systems will be seen for a long time to come.
Care for patients with more than one disease is fragmented and uncoordinated. This is can cost patients time, effort and lost wages.
As a result of lockdown, many people had already lost their jobs.
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An overwhelming majority of respondents didn’t think that their life under lockdown and wider pandemic conditions affected their mental health.
Death rates vary by demographic, with age and race playing big roles.
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Using random testing, researchers in Indiana were able to calculate death rates by age, race, and sex and found sharp increases in risk of death among older and non-white state residents.
It’s not always easy to determine the cause of a death. Distinguishing between whether someone has died from or with COVID-19 is necessary for understanding the impact of the virus.
A woman carries a bucket of fresh water to an informal settlement in Khayelitsha,Cape Town.
COVID-19 has stretched South Africa’s public health services to capacity. In response, the services have increased their capacity through innovation.
Can social distancing and lockdown
can work in South Africa’s townships and informal settlements?
South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was one of ‘intervene first and ask questions later’. Now is the time for government to state clearly what its strategic endgame is.
A cashier works wearing a face mask in a supermarket on April 15, 2020 near Lyon.
In addition to the elderly and health workers, those holding front-line jobs are particularly exposed. Infection risk and aggravating co-morbidities could compound social inequalities in time of crisis.
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Don’t mix your statins with grapefruit, or leafy green vegetables with warfarin.