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Cases are high in people over 60, who are far more likely to develop severe COVID and need hospital treatment.
Keeping mentally, physically and socially active helps people with dementia maintain their brain and thinking. But in lockdown, when people with dementia did less, this can lead to a decline.
Today’s announcement sent a clear message to all regions – get to a 90% vaccination rate or face the possibility of a lockdown when COVID-19 inevitably arrives.
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Today should not be seen as ‘freedom day’. But it is the first step towards a time when the pandemic won’t dominate our daily lives.
Now restrictions are easing, some people who have not used alcohol or other drugs recently may start to use them again, and need to be aware of their reduced tolerance.
Jimmy Kisembo, a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger looks up at a lion on his daily monitoring patrol in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
Africa’s public and private protected areas took a massive blow from the collapse in tourism because of the pandemic. Tourism is a key source of funding for managing protected areas.
Presentations to a Melbourne eating disorder clinic jumped by 63% in 2020, as young people struggled with isolation, loneliness and boredom.
In a new survey, Australians report a reduction in the quality and size of their friendships, not just during lockdowns, but months after they end.
Home may have become associated with safety and control during lockdown, so resuming life in public can seem daunting.
As lockdowns ease and those who are double-vaccinated gain extra freedoms, we’re likely to see a greater divide between the rich, who tend to have higher vaccination rates, and the poor.
The pandemic ‘pressurised’ personal triggers for poor mental health by worsening financial stress and reducing social support.
There have been some very public examples of ‘compliance fatigue’. But tracking behaviour shows Australians have been responding to rules and perceived risks – and all our efforts matter.
Scott Morrison has slammed the Queensland government, as the states press for extra funding to support their hospitals as the nation reopens
Has COVID rendered concepts such as “work-life conflict” or “work-life balance” redundant?
Maybe we need new ways to describe and navigate the new pandemic reality.
Informal workers in West Africa have been hardest hit by covid-19 lockdowns.
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Informal employment is significant in sub-Saharan Africa. The plight of informal workers needs to be highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Experts at the Doherty Institute have updated their modelling to heighten caution around reopening for business and play.
The potential risk of easing restrictions will be managed through a continued focus on outdoor activity and greater freedoms only for those who are vaccinated.
If you and the kids are stumped for things to do these holidays, and looking for ways to reconnect after a really trying school term, here are some ideas to try.
Let your children embrace boredom, don’t try too hard to create the perfect lockdown holiday and warn your employer your attention might be even more divided than usual over the next few weeks.
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Many Sydneysiders have been heading to beaches in their local areas as the weather warms. So, if it’s allowed under the public health orders for your area, is it OK to go to the beach?