Colds and flu


Keep colds at bay while travelling

One in five airline passengers catches a cold within a week of flying, according to new research by the American Medical Association.

Most South Africans go to work when they have the flu

According to a just-released survey, South Africans won’t let a cold or flu get the better of them with 8 in 10 determined to go to work even though they’re as sick as a dog – a phenomenon known as "presenteeism".

If you had flu, it most likely was swine flu

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has confirmed to Health24 that in most cases of the flu people were infected with the influenza A H1N1 strain, commonly known as swine flu.

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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