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Weekly COVID-19 clinician-based webinars
On Wednesdays, join our weekly COVID-19 clinician-based webinars on the ECHO ZOOM platform, featuring both international and national clinicians and researchers. Prof Graeme Meintjes, Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine, hosts  a panel of infectious disease specialists, respiratory physicians and critical care specialists on COVID-19 topics of special interest, followed by a  question and answer session. Recordings of these webinars are made available within 3 days of the meeting having been held.


 The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, is producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in the videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. (View videos below)

Mask Safety

Intro, do's and don'ts
Personal Protective Equipment
Flattening the Curve


Friday, 29 May 2020
SA’s Covid-19 response is hurting other health priorities

As a result of lockdown restrictions, children are suffering increasingly from preventable infectious diseases, including TB and measles, due to missed vaccinations.

Publication Date:
Sun, 17 May 2020 - 10:45
COVID-19 could cancel 28 million surgeries

More than 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to patients facing a lengthy wait for their health issues to be resolved. That is according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and including the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Publication Date:
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 14:00
Three student groups to return to campus in phased approach

Three groups of students – final-year medical students, academically vulnerable students and those needing to access campus labs to complete their 2020 studies – will be the first to return to campus in a phased process, Professor Loretta Feris said during yesterday’s online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

Publication Date:
Fri, 15 May 2020 - 09:45
‘Let science be in service of society’

Keep calm and wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home. These essential tips are critical to stave off the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have also been included in a range of COVID-19 resources, produced by the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Lung Institute, in a collective effort to educate low- and middle-income communities on COVID-19. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 14 May 2020 - 13:00