South African Medical Journal

The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) - first published in 1884 - is a monthly, peer reviewed, general medical journal publishing leading research impacting clinical care in Africa. The journal now incorporates continuing medical education (CME).



SAMJ October 2020

The full issue of Vol. 110 No. 10 is available for viewing and download under 'Issues'  
Posted: 2020-07-08
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Online First: COVID-19 in South Africa

Table of Contents


Modified full-face snorkel masks as personal protective equipment for COVID- 19 in South Africa PDF
L van Wyk, P Goussard, W A J Meintjes
Clinical v. laboratory-based screening for COVID-19 in asymptomatic patients requiring acute cardiac care PDF
L H Joubert, P G Herbst, A F Doubell, A J K Pecoraro
Metabolic alkalosis in hospitalised COVID-19 patients: A window to the pathogenesis? PDF
J Rood, R Davids, A le Roux, M du Plessis, A Parker, B W Allwood, H W Prozesky, C F N Koegelenberg, J J Taljaard


Reflections for global public health research and evidence-based medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
E L Davids
Research imperialism resurfaces in South Africa in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – this time, via a digital portal PDF
K Moodley
Access to novel therapies for COVID-19 – distributive justice and Russian roulette? PDF
M Pepper

In Practice

Is the COVID-19 regulation that prohibits parental visits to their children who are patients in hospital invalid in terms of the Constitution? What should hospitals do? PDF
D J McQuoid-Mason
Essential medicine selection during the COVID-19 pandemic: Enabling access in uncharted territory PDF
T D Leong, S M McGee, A L Gray, R de Waal, T Kredo, K Cohen, G Reubenson, M Blockman, J Nel, G Maartens, H Rees, R Wiseman, K Jamaloodien, A G Parrish
Opportunistic pathogenic fungal co-infections are prevalent in critically ill COVID-19 patients: Are they risk factors for disease severity? PDF
O T Ezeokoli, C H Pohl
Implementing malaria control in South Africa, Eswatini and southern Mozambique during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF
B D Brooke, J Raman, J Frean, J Rundle, F Maartens, E Misiani, A Mabuza, K I Barnes, D P Moonasar, Q Madlamini, S Charles, L Blumberg
Prolonged treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia with high-flow nasal oxygen: A story of oxygen and resilience PDF
G G Audley, P Frankenfeld, S Dlamini, P Raubenheimer, J Hoare, L Cairncross, R van den Berg, M V Gule, G Calligaro


COVID deaths in South Africa: 99 days since South Africa’s first death PDF
V Pillay-van Wyk, D Bradshaw, P Groenewald, I Seocharan, S Manda, R A Roomaney, O Awotiwon, T Nkwenika, G Gray, S S Buthelezi, Z L Mkhize
A descriptive analysis of the effect of the national COVID-19 lockdown on the workload and case mix of patients presenting to a district-level emergency centre in Cape Town, South Africa PDF
C Hendrikse, M Parak, D J van Hoving
A rapid review of the effectiveness of screening practices at airports, land borders and ports to reduce the transmission of respiratory infectious diseases such as COVID-19 PDF
T Chetty, B B Daniels, N K Ngandu, A Goga
Postmortem lung biopsies from four patients with COVID-19 at a tertiary hospital in Cape Town, South Africa PDF
C Bruce-Brand, B W Allwood, C F N Koegelenberg, U Lalla, E Louw, A H Diacon, P T Schubert