COVID-19 Resources
The IDM has curated a go-to range of reliable information to guide and assist staff and students during this time of crisis. We are continuously updating the various COVID-19 resources listed on our webpage below.
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Friday, 16 April 2021
How the coronavirus mutates and the future of COVID-19

The recent appearance of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing COVID-19 infections), that may be associated with increased transmission of the virus and disease severity, has raised questions about the nature and rates of mutations in viruses. The answers to these questions will potentially guide public health decisions. However, it is also important for individuals to understand them so as to prevent potential panic.

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 - 10:15
CoronaWise: the Knowledge Translation Unit’s online COVID-19 resource

As part of their Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK), the Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Lung Institute has recently developed an online platform called CoronaWise to ensure that COVID-19 resources are accessible to the public at the click of a button.

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 14:45
Weighing up COVID-19 vaccines

By now you would have heard the disappointing news about the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the South African government’s decision to pause its roll-out. You might also have heard about other vaccines such as Russia’s Sputnik V or that of Johnson & Johnson. And you may be wondering about their efficacy or want to know the benefits of being vaccinated. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Heather Zar looks at the different COVID-19 vaccines and answers some of the public’s most pressing questions.

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 14:45
New project seeks to sequence three million genomes across Africa

The Human Genome Project (HGP), according to the National Human Genome Research Institute, was the international, collaborative research program whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings. First articulated in 1988 the full sequence was published in 2003.

Publication Date:
Thu, 11 Feb 2021 - 14:00