New research by the South African Medical Research Council has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic – and its related restrictions – have had a severe negative impact on the mental health of adolescent girls and young women.
According to Dr. Zoe Duby, lead researcher at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, the restrictions worsened levels of unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity.

Duby says it also led to higher levels of anxiety and depression among participants.

She says there was however a silver lining to be found in all the devastation.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says it expects to see an increase in the number of yearly flu cases being reported this coming flu season.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, from the NICD’s Centre for Respiratory Diseases, says the isolation caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns, have lead to a decrease in the number of people being exposed to the annual flu.

She says there has already been a high number of flu cases being reported, despite the warm weather.

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