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opening with 70% of adults vaccinated, the doherty report predicts 1.5k deaths in 6 months. we need a revised plan

Opening with 70% of adults vaccinated, the Doherty report predicts 1.5K deaths in 6...

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  Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP One consequence of the escalating COVID outbreak in New South Wales has been increased political tension around the “national plan” for COVID reopening. The prime minister has argued that states signed up...
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Under-12s are increasingly catching COVID-19. How sick are they getting and when will we...

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  Picture: Shutterstock In July Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 12-15. The Australian Technical Advisory group on Immunisation (ATAGI) subsequently recommended kids in this age group with...
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How will Delta evolve? Here’s what the theory tells us

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  Image: Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic is a dramatic demonstration of evolution in action. Evolutionary theory explains much of what has already happened, predicts what will happen in the future and suggests which management strategies...
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Should we give up on COVID-zero? Until most of us are vaccinated, we can’t...

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  Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP We’re currently in the midst of one of the most challenging times during the pandemic in Australia, and we’re all struggling. Frustration with the situation is at an all-time high and questions are being...
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If you’re over 60, there’s no sense in ‘waiting for Pfizer’. Here’s why you...

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  Picture: Shutterstock At least 60 people have now died in the current New South Wales COVID outbreak. We’ve been keeping track of how old these people were, and have observed 85% of the COVID deaths up to...
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If you’re going to mandate COVID vaccination at your workplace, here’s how to do...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Compulsory COVID vaccination is in the news again now Qantas has just announced its employees will need a shot. This follows fruit and vegetable processing company SPC announcing vaccines would be compulsory for onsite staff, a...
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Why lotteries, doughnuts and beer aren’t the right vaccination ‘nudges’

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  Image: Shutterstock Money, doughnuts and beer. As high-tech and effective as our COVID vaccines are, getting enough people to take them to achieve herd immunity may come down to some very Homer Simpson-esque tools...
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It’s OK if you have a little cry in lockdown. You’re grieving

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  Image: Shutterstock If you are one of the millions of Australians in lockdown, you are not alone in feeling a range of emotions difficult to put into words. Lockdown days are blurry, with time lost within our...
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Can Australian employers make you get a COVID-19 vaccine? Mostly not — but here’s...

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  Picture: Onchira Wongsiri/Shutterstock Australia’s official policy on vaccines is that they be voluntary and free. But the federal government hasn’t shut the door completely on employers pursuing mandatory policies of their own. Last week the...
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How does COVID affect the brain? Two neuroscientists explain

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  Picture: Shutterstock Scientists are becoming more and more concerned with the emergence of a syndrome termed “long COVID”, where a significant percentage of sufferers of COVID-19 experience long-lasting symptoms. Studies suggest symptoms remain for approximately 5-24% of confirmed COVID...