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COVID-19

On this page we will share information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) relevant to all South Africans. 

Call the COVID-19 Hotline: 0800 029 999 Send “hi” on WhatsApp to COVID-19 Connect: 060 012 3456 Visit the website www.sacoronavirus.co.za

COVID-19 Public testing sites in South Africa

Latest list of testing sites with contact details:  www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-testing-sites/

South African COVID-19 resources: 

COVID-19 in South African news 

COVID-19 around the world

  • A real-time visualization of the global status of COVID-19 per country: https://www.covidvisualizer.com/
  • To do a COVID-19 self test online: http://covid19.kpolom.com/
  • Information graphic by Singapore artist Weiman Kow ​on how the corona virus spreads: How COVID-19 spreads
  • PLAYMOBIL's ROBert explains the corona virus to children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlOGKpMNs4
    The whole world is talking about the corona virus. Daycares and schools have closed, and children are asking a lot of questions. This movie uses PLAYMOBIL to help explain in a way that children can understand what is happening right now, what we can all do to ease the situation, and why it so important to avoid contact with other children and adults.

COVID-19, Tuberculosis and HIV:

  • WHO Information Note Tuberculosis and COVID-19​: https://tbsouthafrica.org.za/resources/who-information-note-tuberculosis-and-covid-19
  • We cannot ignore other diseases like TB and HIV - Health Minister (12 June): https://tbsouthafrica.org.za/news/we-cannot-ignore-other-diseases-tb-and-hiv-health-minister
  • NICD COVID-19 special public health surveillance bulletin (22 June): https://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-19-Special-Public-Health-Surveillance-Bulletin-22-June-2020.pdf
    It details an analysis of HIV as a COVID-19 comorbidity using routine public sector patient data from South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Importantly, the data show that people living with HIV have a modestly elevated risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes, irrespective of viral suppression, and especially if they have other comorbidities. As this is likely the largest assessment of SARS-CoV-2 and HIV co-infected patients to date, we trust that you will find this information especially useful and informative, given its public health importance. The authors, contributors and reviewers are thanked for their inputs.
  • TB and COVID-19 deaths in Global Fund eligible countries as of 26 May 2020: http://www.stoptb.org/covid19maps.asp
  • View SABC News 24 March 2020 - Coronavirus I Tuberculosis sufferers at risk of contracting COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipqeWOOQTww
    Tuberculosis remains the world's deadliest infectious disease, claiming four thousand lives every day. In 2018, 63 thousand South Africans died from TB, many of them already infected with HIV. Today, on World TB Day, as we grapple with the novel coronavirus, experts warn that patients with underlying conditions like TB and HIV are at high risk.
  • Doctors Without Borders is urging international funders to make resources available to contain the spread of the virus. Tom Ellman, the head of the Southern Africa Medical Unit joins us now on the line.
  • View SABC News 15 March 2020 - Coronavirus | Risks to persons not on HIV or TB treatment​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIJq3-URihw
    Right to Care warns that HIV positive people and those with tuberculosis who are not on treatment will be at higher risk of worse outcomes if they contract the coronavirus. According to UNAID, over 7 million South Africans are HIV positive and about 3 million are not getting treatment. Now to discuss this further are now joined via skype by Right to Care CEO Professor Ian Sanne.
  • View SABC News 13 March 2020 - Coronavirus | Likely impact of COVID-19 on SA's HIV-TB burden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVvFAu03Amk
    The Aurum Institute's Dr Reginah Osih joins us on the line to talk about how the novel coronavirus could possibly impact those living with HIV and TB. ​
  • View Coronavirus: Could the BCG vaccine help? ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLTcNHfRuVs
    Interview with France 24 guest Annie Sparrow, World Health Organisation director general's special advisor.​​