COVID-19 Preparedness Indicators
This online resource provides data and visualisations to support the planning and response to the COVID-19 Pandemic locally and nationally in South Africa.
Waste Water Monitoring
The surveillance of waste water has the potential to play a key role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wastewater-based epidemiology approach has been successfully used to track infectious diseases such as polio, hepatitis A and the norovirus, and for monitoring drugs and chemical contaminants that could affect human health.
The Water Research Commission (WRC), working with the Waterlab at the University of Pretoria and the CSIR, have already detected Covid-19 RNA signals from several wastewater plants in hot spots in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and KwaZulu-Natal.
Infographics have been developed to aid the understanding of the factors that may amplify the risk of the coronavirus disease (abbreviated as COVID-19) for local communities in South Africa. They have been grouped according to four core themes that focus on (1) COVID-19 Hotpots (2) potential high risk areas for spread of COVID-19, (3) the vulnerability of individuals, and (4) the ability of the public healthcare system to cope with the infected population.
Vulnerability indicators have been identified from publicly available data sources including Health Systems Trust, National Census, 2016 Community Survey, and CSIR’s Green Book.
The COVID-19 infographics and vulnerability indicators make use of the latest publicly available data.
Data was sourced from the National Department of Health and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Health Systems Trust, Global Health Workforce Statistics database, Global Health Observatory of the WHO, National Census, and 2016 Community Survey (abbreviated CS 2016). It is not the intention to duplicate efforts of dashboards tracking the spread of COVID-19. The team recommends the dashboard developed by interdisciplinary team of researchers from Wits University and iThemba LABS of the NRF in collaboration with the data analytics team of DataConvergence.
This resource was compiled by a team of data scientists from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) working on understanding the risk and vulnerability of communities in South Africa to disasters.
CITATION: Davis-Reddy, C.L., Hilgart, A., Wilson, H., Keebine, G. and Mfopa, C. 2020. COVID-19 Preparedness Indicators: search, visualise, download and create. South African Environmental Observation Network, Pretoria. Available at sarva.saeon.ac.za.
COVID-19 Environmental reference group (CERg)
THE INFLUENCE OF CLIMATE AND WEATHER ON COVID-19
A team of leading South African environmental scientists from a range of institutions, has been formed under the auspices of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to consider the environmental aspects of the epidemic in the country and region, including weather, climate and air pollution.
The main goal of the CERG is to assess confidence regarding the environmental influences, confounders and drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through a process supported by the South African Department of Science and Innovation and the Department of Health, CERG has been consulting with the epidemiological modelling groups that have been mobilised to assist the South African government in designing and implementing its response strategy to the COVID-19 epidemic.