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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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WA smartphone app aims to keep elderly safe from COVID-19

A pioneering remote monitoring smartphone app developed in Western Australia is being used to detect COVID-19 early in older people from the safety of their own homes. Residents from Bethanie Retirement Villages are being remotely monitored by a team of healthcare professionals using an award-winning digital platform called Openly. Up to 100 residents will be …

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Respiratory doctor flags patients aren’t aware of antivirals

Dr Anna Tai, a respiratory doctor, from the Institute for Respiratory Health welcomes the addition of oral antiviral pills to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) saying that it gives the vulnerable and those with lung conditions more options and plays an important role in keeping people safe. “Antiviral drugs don’t cure coronavirus completely but they …

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Flu, coronavirus and flurona – what to expect this winter

Lung disease expert, Associate Professor Yuben Moodley, Deputy Director of the Institute for Respiratory Health, is urging the Western Australian public to come forward for their flu jab to maximise their protection ahead of winter. “With the borders being closed last year, we only had 11 flu cases in Western Australia but now that the borders …

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