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Should we be worried about the new Covid-19 variant – XBB.1.5?

Eight cases of new Covid-19 sub-variant XBB.1.5 have been recorded in Australia. It is yet another offshoot of the globally-dominant Omicron Covid variant. While the World Health Organization has said it has a “growth advantage” over other sub-variants seen so far, there is no indication that it is more harmful than previous Omicron variants. Covid-19 …

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Temporary measures as Covid-19 cases rise in China

Australia has joined a growing list of countries who have imposed Covid-19 rules on travellers arriving from China. From 5 January 2023, travellers from China to Australia will be required to undertake a Covid-19 test within a window of 48 hours before travel and show evidence of a negative test result. Health Minister, Mark Butler said, …

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CALD communities priority in government’s Covid-19 management plan

The Australian Government has revealed its plan to continue fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on the country’s most vulnerable people including Culturally Linguistic and Diverse groups (CALD). The National Covid-19 Health Management Plan for 2023 highlights the priority to minimise the incidence of death and severe illness, particularly focusing on those most at risk. The …

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Sore throat and headache current top Covid-19 symptoms

Research findings from a study from the Imperial College in London have shown that symptoms for people with Covid-19  have changed as the pandemic has evolved. The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission – 1 (REACT-1) study has been monitoring Covid-19 in the UK from randomly selected people from May 2020 to 31 March 2022. Professor …

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Western Australian’s summer plans could be disrupted due to Covid surge

Covid-19 case numbers have increased in Western Australia with new infections sitting at 6,916 and the number of people in hospital at 142 including three in intensive care. Chief medical officer Paul Kelly has said the increase in case numbers is due to a new strain of the virus which has taken hold overseas. “We …

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Pandemic’s effect on global mental health revealed in new poll

A poll of 29,000 people around the world has shown the profound effect the Covid-19 pandemic had on people’s mental health. 36 per cent of people globally said they felt better now than before the pandemic, while 27 per cent said they felt worse, a poll commissioned by the BBC revealed. Over 30 countries were …

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Self-sterilising plastic can kill viruses like Covid-19

Researchers in the UK have developed a virus-killing plastic that could make it harder for bugs, like Covid-19, to spread in hospital and aged-care homes. The plastic works by reacting with light to release chemicals that break the virus. Developed by a team at Queen’s University in Belfast the plastic could be made into protective …

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Covid – why are so many people catching it again?

Lung expert from the Institute for Respiratory Health says many people are catching Covid again partly because the new variants are better at sneaking past defences built on exposure to older and different variants. “We’re also mid-winter, restrictions have been lifted and immunity does fade over time. BA.4 and BA.5 are more contagious. And just like …

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