News: COVID-19

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    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    There are substantial sexual disparities between the outcome of COVID-19 disease in men and women. Numerous studies have confirmed that while there is no difference in the proportion of males and females with confirmed COVID-19, male patients have almost three times the odds of requiring admission for intensive treatment and higher odds of death compared to females.

  • Story

    Africa has highest global death rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients - UP experts part of landmark study

    Mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 is higher in African countries than reported from studies done in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

  • Story

    COVID-19: Are men the weaker sex?

    Along with Italian colleagues, Prof Robert Millar published a paper in the journal Neuroendocrinology about the differences between men and women in terms of COVID-19 outcomes, focusing on the role that sex hormones play on the severity and outcome of the infection and the complex interplay of sex with the ACE2 and TMPRSS2 enzymes, and inflammatory and immune systems.

  • Talking Point

    South African case study sheds light on how vaccine manufacturing can be developed

    The uneven availability of COVID-19 vaccines has become an increasingly urgent and vexatious issue. But managing the problem of what’s been labelled “vaccine nationalism” is proving a hard nut to crack.

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    Nearly half of South Africa’s live music workers may quit the industry for good

    For people working in South Africa’s live music sector, 2020 has been “devastating”. That was the term that researchers read most frequently in responses to the country’s largest-ever live music and COVID-19 survey, published in November. As one respondent put it: "I have lost everything. All income, accommodation – everything".

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    UP chemical pathology scientists develop groundbreaking nanobodies for COVID-19 detection and therapy

    Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) are producing unique nanobodies that could be of ground-breaking use in rapid tests and as a therapy for COVID-19. In tests conducted in collaboration with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the nanobodies have been shown to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 in cells.

  • Lecture

    'Can wildlife biosurveillance can prevent future pandemics?'

    Professor Wanda Markotter delivered the 26th Expert Lecture on whether wildlife biosurveillance can prevent future pandemics.The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the most devastating global pandemic in modern history. Wildlife species, including bats, are suggested to have played a role in spillover events.

  • Story

    Can wildlife biosurveillance prevent future pandemics?

    “One health” refers to a transdisciplinary approach that focuses on the convergence of humans, animals and their various environments. The University of Pretoria (UP) is strategically well positioned to lead this research field because it has several faculties which, combined, have the necessary expertise and infrastructure to address the transdisciplinary research aspects of this complex...

  • Talking Point

    Studying and doing research in isolation: A guide to thriving

    When South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown on 23 March 2020, academic institutions were faced with a new reality and concerns about how to resume the academic year.

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