Top tips: Dr Odette Volmink on keeping high-risk household employees and family members safe during COVID-19
One of the groups that’s been economically hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic is the roughly 1.2 million household employees who work in South Africa. These employees have eagerly anticipated their return to work and their employers have looked to welcome them back. However, the pandemic has resulted in anxiety about the impact of movement between our home and the homes of others on our health. Household employers also worry about exposing those considered high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 – whether family members or employees – to increased risk. Medical doctor and occupational medicine specialist Dr Odette Volmink (based at the National Institute for Occupational Health) understands this well. In this interview with Discovery she explores the ins and outs of keeping those who are at high risk safe, with a focus on high-risk household employees and other members of the household.
28 Jul 2020
News · Health & Fitness
Professor Salome Maswime shares the profound sense of relief and hope that being vaccinated against COVID-19 brought to her and to her parents. And, she reminds us to do all we can to help our elderly loved ones and older people in our communities to access their vaccines.
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Mosa Moshabela led the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) COVID-19 response. A chance trip to Singapore in February 2020 gave him early insight into the impact that COVID-19 could have on a city and its people and allowed him to return to…
Professor Liesl Zühlke had her COVID-19 vaccine on 26 February at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. She shares her experience of the pandemic and encourages all of us to have our vaccine as soon as we are eligible.
Dr Sumy Thomas says that for the elderly and for people who live with chronic illnesses, COVID-19 is “a matter of life and death”. She explains the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and encourages everyone, especially the elderly, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Professor Brian Allwood says having a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step for all South Africans to take in the collective fight against the pandemic. For him, being vaccinated felt like he was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after a year at the coalface, spent treating very…