by persisting with covidsafe, australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

By persisting with COVIDSafe, Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

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Image: Scott Barbour/AAP Image Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the...
‘kissing can be dangerous’: how old advice for tb seems strangely familiar today

‘Kissing can be dangerous’: how old advice for TB seems strangely familiar today

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Image: Shuttlestock We’ve been reminded about avoiding hugging or kissing, especially among large family groups, in light of the recent Melbourne coronavirus clusters. But alerting the public to the potential for kissing to spread infectious diseases...
pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

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Picture: Shuttlestock There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia. Our two new surveys of Australians who regularly...
giving your details to restaurants and cafes: your rights, their obligations and privacy concerns

Giving your details to restaurants and cafes: your rights, their obligations and privacy concerns

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Picture: Shuttlestock While lockdown restrictions have eased in many places, the coronavirus threat isn’t over yet. The number of cases globally has surpassed 9 million, and infections have slowly crept back for Victoria. Read more: In many countries...
in many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

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A mass grave in Manaus, Brazil. The country now has the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.  Sandro Pereira/Fotoarena/Sipa USA Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating. While some countries such as Australia...
employers, schools, take note. coronavirus ‘clearance certificates’ are a waste of everybody’s time

Employers, schools, take note. Coronavirus ‘clearance certificates’ are a waste of everybody’s time

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Image: Shuttlestock Last week, my two-year-old niece was sent home from daycare for having a runny nose – a sin that would otherwise be commonplace on a windy winter’s day. The daycare centre instructed my sister...
should i wear a mask on public transport?

Should I wear a mask on public transport?

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Image: Shuttlestock As restrictions ease, many Australians will be wondering if it’s worth wearing a mask on the bus, train or tram to reduce their risk of being infected with coronavirus. When Deputy Chief Medical Officer...
how social media influencers are helping people against coronavirus

How Social Media Influencers Are Helping People Against Coronavirus

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It’s that time of the year when everybody is fighting to stop the spread of the pandemic- COVID-19. Whether it’s about the healthcare sector or the viral videos at all the leading social media...
relationships australia survey results

Relationships Australia survey results

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COVID-19 restrictions and the effects on people's relationships New research launched today by Relationships Australia reveals that the close relationships in our lives have been significantly affected by restrictions associated with COVID-19. Based on data collected...
transport update: what you need to know as we respond to coronavirus

Transport update: what you need to know as we respond to coronavirus

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As restrictions are gradually eased, all Victorians are being asked to play their part to keep each other safe and that includes making responsible choices about using our public transport network.   When it comes to...