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plates, cups and takeaway containers shape what (and how) we eat

Plates, cups and takeaway containers shape what (and how) we eat

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Image: Shuttlestock Home cooks have been trying out their skills during isolation. But the way food tastes depends on more than your ability to follow a recipe. Our surroundings, the people we share food with and the design of our...
why does crowd noise matter?

Why does crowd noise matter?

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Picture: Ryan Pierse/AAP Sporting codes are restarting as part of easing restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Australia, the NRL season has just restarted, the AFL will resume on June 11, and Super Netball will return on August...

Donald Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off COVID-19. Is that wise?

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Doug Mills/AAP Image The White House’s confirmation that US President Donald Trump has been taking hydroxychloroquine every day for the past two weeks, with his doctor’s blessing, has reignited the controversy over the drug. It has...
7 ways to manage your #coronaphobia

7 ways to manage your #coronaphobia

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Image: Shuttlestock As we’re slowly moving out of lockdown, many Australians will be feeling anxious about going outside, away from the safety of home, and returning to normal life. For most people, these coronavirus fears will be temporary. But...
health-care workers share our trauma during the coronavirus pandemic – on top of their own

Health-care workers share our trauma during the coronavirus pandemic – on top of their...

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Picture: Supamotion/Shutterstock Health-care staff are trained to deal with whatever comes through the hospital doors. But COVID-19 is a completely different ballgame. During this pandemic, health-care workers are facing traumatic experiences in both their professional and...
supermarkets claim to have our health at heart. but their marketing tactics push junk foods

Supermarkets claim to have our health at heart. But their marketing tactics push junk...

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Image: Shuttlestock Supermarkets like to portray themselves as having the health of the community at heart. And in the middle of a pandemic, we’re all grateful supermarkets are still open and, for the most part, the shelves are well...
70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. only 44% did. why the gap?

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why...

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Image: Shuttlestock In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour. But a more...
the positives and negatives of mass testing for coronavirus

The positives and negatives of mass testing for coronavirus

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Image: Shuttlestock Many jurisdictions around the world are now testing people without symptoms as part of efforts to manage COVID-19. In Victoria, asymptomatic health-care workers have been part of the recent “testing blitz”. We tend to take for granted that...
‘deeply worrying’: 92% of australians don’t know the difference between viral and bacterial infections

‘Deeply worrying’: 92% of Australians don’t know the difference between viral and bacterial infections

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Melanie Foster/AAP Image We are four months into a global virus outbreak, and public health awareness could well be at an all-time high. Which is why it is astonishing to discover that 92% of Australians...
are you wearing gloves or a mask to the shops? you might be doing it wrong

Are you wearing gloves or a mask to the shops? You might be doing...

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Image: Shuttlestock Many people in the community are wearing face masks and gloves in an attempt to protect themselves against the coronavirus. They might put on these items to go to the shops, or perhaps when...