Proof of COVID-19 vaccination was once required to access many venues during the pandemic.
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Vaccine policies fall on a spectrum, from mandates to recommendations. Deciding what to use and when is not so much a science but a balancing act between personal autonomy and public good.
Australia needed a federal government-inquiry into the management of the pandemic. Albanese recognised this and before the election he indicated Labor would have one. But he was vague about its form.
Hundreds of thousands of red hearts adorn a wall directly opposite parliament, yet successive prime ministers have nothing to say about officially marking the lives lost in the pandemic.
COVID has spread many times from humans to white-tailed deer and back again.
Medical folk wisdom is the complex problem health professionals can’t afford to ignore.
New research shows that breastfeeding rates peaked in 2020, a time of strict COVID restrictions.
Some experts are calling for a return to masking as new variants emerge.
Genetics may play a role in COVID-19 disease severity.
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Researchers found that people with a specific gene variant were two to eight times more likely to not have symptoms after infection.
Infection and vaccination both leave their mark in your blood.
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There’s pretty much no one left in the US who hasn’t been exposed to the coronavirus, whether by vaccination, infection or both.
Deciding what to eat can be mentally taxing, especially when you are not feeling well. But, our diet plays a role in preventing and managing poor health, including COVID.
Research has shown that the UK read more during the pandemic.
Many established poets published lockdown poems offering their perspective on the power of poetry to make sense of the pandemic.
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You’d be surprised how far back the roots of anti-vaccine arguments stretch.
The FDA is proposing an annual shot against COVID-19, signaling that a new approach is needed.
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The new bivalent boosters against COVID-19 have failed to halt omicron infections. However, new technologies are being developed that pave a way forward.
XBB.1.5 is rapidly spreading across the globe and will likely become the next dominant COVID-19 subvariant.
The XBB.1.5 subvariant — nicknamed ‘Kraken’ — is arguably the most genetically rich and most transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariant yet.
The Chinese government has loosened restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Strict lockdowns, quarantines and testing have prevented many people in China from catching COVID-19. With concerns over Chinese vaccine efficacy and uptake, China may be facing a looming COVID-19 surge.
Throughout the pandemic, much discussion about COVID-19 transmission focused on individual-level decisions, making it easy to blame the unvaccinated.
Systemic social issues affect vaccine access and acceptability. Yet, the term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ overlooks this, reducing the multiple factors that affect vaccine uptake to individual-level choices.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones in conversation at Queen’s Park, the day after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health ‘strongly recommended’ mask wearing.
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In 2020, with adult ICUs at risk of being overwhelmed, we wore masks and accepted restrictions. Now pediatric intensive care is at risk. Will leaders follow the evidence and tell us to mask up?
Model of an influenza virus. Flu season is expected to make a big comeback this year.
Flu and COVID-19 are expected to make headway during the current respiratory virus season. The best way to stay healthy is vaccination in conjunction with personal protective measures.
Red mitochondria in airway cells become coated with green SARS-COV-2 proteins after viral infection: Researchers discovered that the virus that causes COVID-19 damages lungs by attacking mitochondria.
COVID-19 causes lung injury and lowers oxygen levels in patients because the SARS-CoV-2 virus attacks cells’ mitochondria. This attack is a throwback to a primitive war between viruses and bacteria.
Some human coronaviruses cause seasonal colds or other mild symptoms. Others can be severe and even fatal.
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The enigmatic envelope protein seems to hold the key to understanding why some human coronaviruses cause more severe disease than others.