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  1. New COVID-19 strategy: vaccinate potential superspreaders first

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    As the world pins its hopes on Pfizer's announcement this week of an effective vaccine, Macquarie University researchers have unveiled a strategy addressing the question of who should be vaccinated Read more about New COVID-19 strategy: vaccinate potential superspreaders first

    Australia; NSWMacquarie University
  2. An antidepressant might help stop mild COVID-19 from becoming worse

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    JAMA

    The antidepressant fluvoxamine, usually sold under the brand name Luvox, may stop mild COVID-19 from becoming more severe, according to a small clinical trial by US researchers. ... Fluvoxamine has a Read more about An antidepressant might help stop mild COVID-19 from becoming worse

    InternationalWashington University in St Louis, USA
  3. Tired of COVID? More than half of those who caught it have lasting fatigue

    Publicly released: Thu 12 Nov 2020 at 1651 AEDT | 1851 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    Of the 128 people they studied, 67 reported persistent fatigue around 10 weeks after initial COVID-19 symptoms, while almost one-third of those previously employed had not returned to work. Read more about Tired of COVID? More than half of those who caught it have lasting fatigue

    InternationalTrinity College Dublin, Ireland
  4. Australian healthcare workers almost 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population

    Publicly released: Thu 12 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    International Journal of Nursing Studies

    A new study has estimated how health workers’ risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection differs from that of the broader community. Read more about Australian healthcare workers almost 3 times more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
  5. Distancing age groups could reduce COVID-19 deaths

    Publicly released: Wed 11 Nov 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    Open Biology

    The study authors modelled the pandemic under these rules, with people separated into four groups: under 14s, 15-34, 35-54 and over 55s. ... They say the proposal could be an ‘intermediate solution’ Read more about Distancing age groups could reduce COVID-19 deaths

    InternationalUniversity of Haifa, Israel
  6. Around 1 in 6 of us drank more booze during the pandemic, but 1 in 6 drank less

    Publicly released: Wed 11 Nov 2020 at 0500 AEDT | 0700 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    Around 1 in 6 Australians drank more alcohol during the COVID19 pandemic  - but around 1 in 6 Aussies also drank less, possibly because the pubs and clubs were shut, according to ... The survey of over Read more about Around 1 in 6 of us drank more booze during the pandemic, but 1 in 6 drank less

    Australia; VIC; WALa Trobe University|Monash University|Curtin University...
  7. Reopening restaurants and cafes carries high risk of spreading COVID

    Publicly released: Wed 11 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    Nature

    Reopening places such as restaurants, fitness centres, cafes, and hotels carries the highest risk for transmitting SARS-CoV-2, according to modelling based on US data, but there is hope for Read more about Reopening restaurants and cafes carries high risk of spreading COVID

    InternationalStanford University, USA
  8. EXPERT REACTION: Pfizer announces COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective

    Publicly released: Tue 10 Nov 2020 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced overnight that their vaccine candidate was more than 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19. ... The results are based on Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Pfizer announces COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAPfizer
  9. Lockdown may lead to future flu outbreaks

    Publicly released: Tue 10 Nov 2020 at 0904 AEDT | 1104 NZDT

    PNAS

    Scientists warn healthcare systems need to gear up for an influx of respiratory infections like influenza once lockdowns and physical distancing rules are lifted. ... They say that leaves the population Read more about Lockdown may lead to future flu outbreaks

    InternationalPrinceton University, US
  10. Overcrowded nursing homes hit much harder by COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 10 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Overcrowding was determined based on the number of residents per bedroom and per bathroom. ... Sharing bedrooms and bathrooms helps COVID-19 spread in nursing homes, they conclude. Read more about Overcrowded nursing homes hit much harder by COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Toronto, Canada, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada
  11. Yet another trial finds hydroxychloroquine doesn't treat COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 10 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    JAMA

    The study compared the effects of hydroxychloroquine versus a placebo on almost 500 patients and their clinical status at 14 days, beginning treatments between 3 to 7 days after the onset ... The outcomes Read more about Yet another trial finds hydroxychloroquine doesn't treat COVID-19

    InternationalVanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  12. Are our soils healthy enough to grow our own food?

    Publicly released: Mon 9 Nov 2020 at 1130 AEDT | 1330 NZDT

    Journal of Cleaner Production

    University of Adelaide researchers at the Waite campus have surveyed soil health across the Adelaide region to uncover the potential for food crops to be grown in an urban environment. ... The global COVID Read more about Are our soils healthy enough to grow our own food?

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
  13. COVID-19 and mental health: Are we really all in it together?

    Publicly released: Mon 9 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    MJA

    Professor Patrick McGorry, one of the nation’s leading mental health practitioners and researchers. ... Policymakers must change their approach, he argues, and the crisis provides a unique opportunity Read more about COVID-19 and mental health: Are we really all in it together?

    Australia; VICOrygen|The University of Melbourne
  14. Leukaemia patient shed infectious SARS-CoV-2 for at least 70 days

    Publicly released: Fri 6 Nov 2020 at 1133 AEDT | 1333 NZDT

    Cell

    US and UK researchers present the case of a 71-year-old woman with leukaemia who continued to shed SARS-CoV-2 for at least 70 days and didn't fully ... clear the virus for 105 days, despite not showing Read more about Leukaemia patient shed infectious SARS-CoV-2 for at least 70 days

    InternationalNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
  15. Asian patients with COVID-19 may be more at risk of stroke

    Publicly released: Fri 6 Nov 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

    Doctors in the UK looked at the data of over 1400 patients, and found that nearly 1 in 5 of those with COVID-19 when they had their stroke were Asian - ... Strokes were also more severe, and more likely Read more about Asian patients with COVID-19 may be more at risk of stroke

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  16. Should people be paid to get a COVID-19 jab?

    Publicly released: Fri 6 Nov 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    Journal of Medical Ethics

    The author says either financial incentives, or 'payment in kind', could be key to ensuring enough people get the vaccine to stamp out the spread of infections. ... He says paying people "quite a lot", or Read more about Should people be paid to get a COVID-19 jab?

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  17. COVID immune response different in kids

    Publicly released: Fri 6 Nov 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    Nature Immunology

    Their findings suggest there are key differences in the way the immune system responds to the virus in people of different ages, which may explain why kids and adults tend to ... The authors say different Read more about COVID immune response different in kids

    InternationalColumbia University Irving Medical Center, USA
  18. Australian health spending grew by 3.1% during 2018-19

    Publicly released: Fri 6 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Spending on health goods and services grew by 3. 1 per cent to $195. ... The growth was slightly lower than the average yearly growth rate over the decade (3. Read more about Australian health spending grew by 3.1% during 2018-19

    AustraliaAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  19. EXPERT REACTION: The US formally withdraws from the Paris Agreement

    Publicly released: Thu 5 Nov 2020 at 1600 AEDT | 1800 NZDT

    The US could re-join it in future, should a president choose to do so. ... It aims to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to Read more about EXPERT REACTION: The US formally withdraws from the Paris Agreement

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
  20. EXPERT REACTION: Australia secures two new potential coronavirus vaccines

    Publicly released: Thu 5 Nov 2020 at 1522 AEDT | 1722 NZDT

    It has just been reported that the Federal Government announced two more potential coronavirus vaccines have been secured for Australia. ... Australia will get 40 million doses of the vaccine being Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Australia secures two new potential coronavirus vaccines

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre

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