Articles by Elsabé Brits

Study finds extreme levels of violence against sex workers

Decriminalisation of sex work will make women safer, says advocacy group

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27 August 2021

A woman with HIV took over 200 days to clear her Covid infection. Here’s why researchers are worried

A case study suggests that people with HIV should be prioritised for Covid vaccination

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10 July 2021

Ivermectin: balance of evidence shows no benefit against Covid-19

While it’s too soon to say that the drug is useless, it has clearly been overhyped

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5 July 2021

Men should spend on average 50 minutes more a day on household duties, report finds

Only then would men do 50% of the unpaid care work

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17 June 2021

Africa has a higher death rate among critically ill Covid-19 patients than anywhere else

The death rate was 48% compared to the global average of 32%

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21 May 2021

Covid-19 has hit pregnant women hard

Researchers find higher rates of still births and maternal deaths

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7 April 2021

Military health workers denied Covid-19 vaccines

“Endangering [your] own forces is a criminal offence. The surgeon general should resign immediately”

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24 March 2021

This is how South Africa’s vaccination programme works. But is the system able to scale up?

Getting vaccinated “is the best thing you can do for yourself” says Groote Schuur nurse

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17 March 2021

Leading research institute says there should be no new trials of hydroxychloroquine for Covid

The drug has failed to prevent or treat the disease, and it has lots of side-effects

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12 March 2021

Ivermectin study boosts regulator’s court defence

The first substantial peer-reviewed clinical trial of the drug against Covid-19 finds no evidence that it is a wonder medicine

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8 March 2021

“The slow violence of malnutrition”

One in four children under five is undernourished and one in eight is overweight or obese, say researchers

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18 February 2021

Wits researchers announce “breakthrough” in HIV prevention

Injection much more effective than daily pills in preventing infection in women

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10 November 2020

20 shacks ignited in five minutes in experiment

University fire engineering research shows that fire-resistant paint does not work

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12 October 2020

UCT professor’s research offers hope of treatment for sickle cell anaemia

80% of babies born with the disease are in sub-Saharan Africa

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2 September 2020

Covid-19 testing: Are we scaling up?

Government is struggling to meet its testing targets. But there is progress.

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20 April 2020

Covid-19: How South Africa will test for the virus

TB test repurposed for Covid-19 will massively increase capacity

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6 April 2020