Author - Rita Dune

Coronavirus: How do you stop COVID-19 in a country where people have other problems?

Coronavirus: How do you stop COVID-19 in a country where people have other problems? How can South Africa convince some of its poorest people that a virus is more of a threat than the poverty they live in every day? South Africa faces a growing coronavirus problem but many are more worried about living conditions Several hours before the nation commenced a draconian 21-day lockdown, South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, put on an army uniform and gave a speech which captured the [...]

Coronavirus: Doctors and nurses walk out of Zimbabwe hospitals over protective equipment shortage

Coronavirus: Doctors and nurses walk out of Zimbabwe hospitals over protective equipment shortage. 'Right now we are exposed and no one seems to care' A council worker wears a face mask while cleaning the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe on Wednesday ( AP ) Hundreds of healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe have refused to work without protective equipment, beginning strike action in a standoff with the government as the nation begins to see its first impacts of coronavirus. The southern African nation has seen three reported cases of the [...]

‘How will we survive?’: Health woes deepen Zimbabwe COVID-19 fear

'How will we survive?': Health woes deepen Zimbabwe COVID-19 fear. As government ramps up coronavirus response, residents and health professionals raise alarm over a major outbreak. Harare, Zimbabwe - Perched comfortably on a makeshift stool, Wilbert Mutaurwa attends to a customer at the corner of a shopping centre in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. "Today, I decided to come to work because my church said we should not congregate because of corona[virus]," the 37-year-old airtime vendor said on Sunday, less than two days after health [...]

Coronavirus: How close are we to a vaccine or drug?

Coronavirus: How close are we to a vaccine or drug? GETTY IMAGES Coronavirus is spreading around the world, but there are still no drugs that can kill the virus or vaccines that can protect against it. So how far are we from these life-saving medicines? When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? Research is happening at breakneck speed. There are more than 20 vaccines in development. One has begun human trials after unusually skipping any animal research to test either the safety or the effectiveness of the [...]

Dentists to stop procedures due to coronavirus

Dentists to stop procedures due to coronavirus. GETTY IMAGES Scottish dentists have been told not to perform some routine procedures because of the risks posed by coronavirus. The Scottish government guidelines said aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) must stop with immediate effect. Treatments including routine fillings, root canals and scaling and polishing will be stopped unless in the case of a dental emergency. Certain procedures will still be undertaken but only for those without symptoms of COVID-19. Delivery of urgent care to anyone with symptoms of [...]