So far in 2022, more than 12,000 Australians have died with COVID, six times the number of deaths in the previous two years.
Australia should have been better prepared for the predictable winter COVID wave in aged care.
In the first two years of the pandemic, Australia’s COVID elimination strategy was among the most effective in the world. Now we rank second in the world for the most cases per capita.
While COVID has become less deadly, it has disproportionately claimed the lives of older and poorer Australians. Others have missed out on necessary preventative care during the pandemic.
We have also lost moments of shared empathy – a space for others to see people who are travelling the same path.
Poor areas are more likely to have low COVID vaccination rates, even though residents in these areas have greater exposure to the virus.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says every COVID death is a terrible loss but Australians want to move on. Here’s how ethics can shape our response to this stage of the pandemic.
The brain can count small numbers or compare large ones. But it struggles to understand the value of a single large number. This fact may be influencing how people react to numbers about the pandemic.
Calculating your risk of death or hospitalization if you are infected with the coronavirus requires good data – notably, the total number of infections in the US. Unfortunately, that data is fuzzy.
A freedom of information request is only useful if you know how to read the data.
Despite improvements, the aged care sector is currently under extreme pressure. The serious effects of isolation and neglect are potentially as severe now and more widespread than in 2020.
The country moved quickly to contain the virus, but its health system struggled to look after those who got sick.
Using a robust statistical model, researchers estimate that coronavirus vaccines had prevented 140,000 deaths by May 9, 2021.
Delta is more contagious and appears to be more deadly. And it’s more likely to land those infected in hospital and intensive care. Here’s what the latest evidence says about the dominant variant.
This inquiry must meet high public expectations, demonstrate independence and provide answers to many technical and policy questions – all made more difficult because of past inquiry failures.
Why the argument that authoritarian regimes are better at handling pandemics isn’t that simple.
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 solve a problem like COVID-19, it is obviously essential to have accurate information about the true status of the situation.
In-person learning can safely resume as long as schools take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
After the devastating impact of COVID, changing the culture of social care must start with valuing, respecting and rewarding the people who look after our vulnerable old people.