Even though SARS-CoV-2 is still around, the Australian government has stopped use of the COVIDSafe app. Was it an abject failure, and what lessons can we learn from this exercise?
Earlier detection and treatment of COVID-19 by health care providers in pharmacies could help prevent surges in infection rates and severe illness.
The CDC’s controversial recommendation changes are based on new studies showing that most omicron transmission takes place within five days of the onset of illness.
International epidemic management involves ceding to foreign experts who possess, at best, a surface-level understanding of a very complex region.
Instead of making the lives of contact tracers easier, analysis shows the expensive technology missed contacts and added to their workload.
While neoliberalism has allowed U.S. markets to grow, the resultant stunted public health system left Americans to figure out how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its fallout on their own.
A statistically designed random sampling scheme, based on as few as 100 people, would give a very high probability of detecting if there are any COVID-19 cases and highlight at-risk hotspots.
Vaccines alone aren’t enough to protect against the highly contagious Delta variant.
Without appropriate support, it’s more likely people will break COVID restrictions, for example go to work, or gather in family groups for support.
State police have accessed QR code check-in data on at least six occasions, for investigations unrelated to the pandemic.
A lot is based on how effective our system of test, trace, isolate and quarantine is. And we’ll still have to accept some level of new cases.
Concerns about privacy protection of contact tracing data include the potential use by police for enforcement purposes or businesses for marketing.
The k number tells us whether the spread of a disease is steady or comes in big bursts, with a small proportion of people infecting many others. The latter is know as superspreading.
NSW’s successful test and trace strategy controlled the Crossroads Hotel outbreak a year ago without needing a stringent lockdown. But this has not worked as well against Delta.
COVID-19 cases in Indonesia are rising and are expected to keep doing so for another two weeks until the effects of restrictions and mask mandates are seen.
To come out of lockdown, health authorities want to see that all cases are linked, and that potentially infectious people are quarantining before they test positive. This still isn’t happening.
New Zealand will have to vaccinate 80-85% to reach population immunity. Until then, a blanket border re-opening, even if only for vaccinated people, would pose a high risk of new outbreaks.
New Zealand’s capital is on high alert after an Australian visitor tested positive on their return home. With less than 10% vaccinated, New Zealanders remain vulnerable to new outbreaks.
Revelations that WA police accessed data from the state’s QR code contact-tracing app threaten to put a serious dent in the public’s trust. And this trust is a crucial element of our COVID defences.
What restaurants, bars and pubs can do to help people happily hand over their data.