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the moderna vaccine is now available for 6 to 11 year olds. here’s what parents need to know

The Moderna vaccine is now available for 6 to 11 year olds. Here’s what...

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Image: Shutterstock Australian children aged six to 11 years old will be able to get the Moderna COVID vaccine at pharmacies, GP clinics and vaccination hubs from today. This follows the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s provisional approval and today’s ATAGI (Australian Technical...
taking covid pills at home sounds great. but we need to use them wisely or risk drug resistance and new variants

Taking COVID pills at home sounds great. But we need to use them wisely...

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Image: Shutterstock GPs can now prescribe antiviral pills for some of their vulnerable COVID-19 patients to take at home. More patients are expected to have access in coming weeks and months. These drugs are given to people at greater risk of...
15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in the freezer to sampling snot

15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in...

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Image: Shutterstock Many of us have taken a rapid antigen test (RAT) or have administered them to our school-aged children. But how many of us are using them correctly? Here are 15 pitfalls to avoid if you...
what’s the difference in protection against omicron between 2 doses and 3 doses of vaccine?

What’s the difference in protection against Omicron between 2 doses and 3 doses of...

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Image: Brian Inganga/AP/AAP Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said last week he expects the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to three doses instead of two. It comes as evidence...
covid will soon be endemic. this doesn’t mean it’s harmless or we give up, just that it’s part of life

COVID will soon be endemic. This doesn’t mean it’s harmless or we give up,...

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Image: Joan Mateu/AP/AAP We have experienced many bumps in the road since 2020 and one would have to be extremely brave to predict what the pandemic may throw at us next. But in terms of the...
go low, go slow: how to rapid antigen test your kid for covid as school returns

Go low, go slow: how to rapid antigen test your kid for COVID as...

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Image: Shutterstock Many parents across Australia will be COVID testing their kids at home using rapid antigen tests (RATs), as school returns across many states next week. The Victorian and New South Wales governments strongly recommend...
how accurate is your rat? 3 scenarios show it’s about more than looking for lines

How accurate is your RAT? 3 scenarios show it’s about more than looking for...

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Image: Shutterstock As Omicron surges through the community, getting the right answer from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is not as straightforward as reading one or two lines off the kit. RATs are a convenient diagnostic...
australia approves two new medicines in the fight against covid. how can you get them and are they effective against omicron?

Australia approves two new medicines in the fight against COVID. How can you get...

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Image: Pfizer/EPA/AAP Last Thursday, health minister Greg Hunt announced Australia’s drug regulator had provisionally approved two new medicines for the treatment of COVID. These are Lagevrio, made by American pharmaceutical company Merck Sharpe & Dohme, and Paxlovid, by...
omicron is overwhelming australia’s hospital system. 3 emergency measures aim to ease the burden

Omicron is overwhelming Australia’s hospital system. 3 emergency measures aim to ease the burden

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Image: Luis Ascui/AAP Public hospitals – never with much spare capacity – have been severely stressed by the latest COVID wave. The current Omicron outbreak has loaded even heavier demands on hospital beds, both for those...
latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. but that’s not the end of the story

Latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. But that’s not the...

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Image: Albert Perez/AAP Thousands more essential workers will be allowed back to work rather than having to self-isolate for seven days, under new rules agreed by national cabinet. High-risk close contacts – those living with someone who has...