Articles by Nathan Geffen

Nathan Geffen started GroundUp in 2012. Previously he was active in the Treatment Action Campaign.

Six months of the Solidarity Fund: How is it doing?

An interview with Adrian Enthoven, deputy-chair of the fund

By Tania Broughton and Nathan Geffen - 1 October 2020

How well has South Africa done at reducing Covid deaths?

The answer may surprise you

By Nathan Geffen and Alex Welte - 18 August 2020

How we count our dead during Covid-19

From 6 May to 23 June, at least 4,000 South Africans died because of the pandemic

By Liezl Human and Nathan Geffen - 2 July 2020

How to keep safe in supermarkets, schools and on public transport

Advice on how to reduce your risk and those around you of contracting Covid-19

Marc Mendelson, Shaheen Mehtar, Shabir Madhi and Nathan Geffen - 29 May 2020

Health department boss calls for investigation into Glenda Gray

But leading scientist comes out in defence of MRC president

By Liezl Human and Nathan Geffen - 22 May 2020

Here’s what the models predict about Covid-19

But beware: soothsaying has a checkered history

By Marcus Low and Nathan Geffen - 22 May 2020
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Covid-19: Sixteen practical suggestions for easing the lockdown

No one knows with certainty what we should do, but we hope this stimulates public discussion

By Francois Venter, Kathy Mngadi, Nkuli Mashabane, Di Cooper, Nathan Geffen and Samanta Lalla-Edward - 21 April 2020
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Tim Noakes interview is dangerously misleading

And it contains elementary errors

By Nathan Geffen - 13 April 2020
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Covid-19: What do South Africa’s numbers mean?

We explain confirmed cases, death rates and more

By Marcus Low and Nathan Geffen - 8 April 2020
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How many people could die of Covid-19 in South Africa?

Researchers estimate deaths based on Chinese and Italian data. But we can take action to stop the worst outcomes

By Nathan Geffen - 29 March 2020
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Covid-19: Why “test, test, test” is easier said than done

Both money and logistics are barriers to scaling up the number of tests for the novel coronavirus

By James Stent and Nathan Geffen - 17 March 2020
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Covid-19: Washing hands is not easy when you have no running water

“It’s easy to keep your hands clean when you stay in a house because you have a tap inside, but it’s difficult when you have to walk long, tiring distances to fetch water”

By Vincent Lali, James Stent, Nathan Geffen and Thamsanqa Mbovane - 12 March 2020
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Does Sunday World want to do journalism or be a defender of corruption?

Newspaper’s attack on our reporter is malicious

By Nathan Geffen - 25 November 2019
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City of Cape Town refuses to respond to activist prank

Organisers of Monday’s zombie rally sent out a spoof press release that claimed the City had agreed to their demands

By Drew Wayland and Nathan Geffen - 3 October 2019
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Without appropriation art is sterile

A response to Jewish theatremakers speak out against cultural appropriation on stage

By Nathan Geffen - 26 August 2019
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HIV drug studies offer patients more choices

But new regimens are not problem-free

By Nathan Geffen - 26 July 2019