Who’s a good doggie? Sniffer dogs might one day be able to screen people for COVID-19 in large crowds. But not when they’re hungry or need a good lie down.
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Japan is going through its fourth wave, testing rates are low and case numbers are climbing. Now athletes aren’t happy with the IOC’s plans to protect them.
Sequencing the whole genome of patient virus samples lets scientists watch for new variants.
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By merging genomics with classical epidemiology, researchers are able to predict new disease outbreaks based on which viral variants are on the rise.
Is more testing really the best way to achieve our aim of living safely with COVID-19?
Even if you’re vaccinated, you still need to come forward for COVID testing, even if you have the mildest symptoms.
A guest looks out from a Sheraton hotel window in Mississauga, Ont., on Feb. 22, 2021, as new air travel rules come into effect in Canada.
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Canadian government travel restrictions are an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. But vague language around exemptions for medical travel may confuse the physicians who can grant them.
Not all coronavirus diagnostics are created equal.
New Zealanders will have be prepared to change holiday plans if there is an new community outbreak.
Three infection prevention and control experts break down Victoria’s new hotel quarantine system.
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Clear messaging about who needs to get tested is better than stigmatising people who are understandably worried about their health.
A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Saving the economy requires minimizing, if not eliminating, community COVID-19 transmission.
For anyone thinking about traveling during the pandemic, COVID-19 testing can be an important, but not all-powerful, tool.
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Over the approaching holidays, people around the world will want to travel to see friends and family. Getting tested for the coronavirus can make this safer, but testing alone is not a perfect answer.
A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it’s true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
One-year-old Quentin Brown is held by his mother, Heather Brown, as he eyes a swab while being tested for COVID-19 at a new walk-up testing site at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle on Aug. 28, 2020.
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Child health psychologists offer research-based strategies to prepare kids for pain-free and distress-free COVID-19 testing.
A man in the Northern Territory recently received a “weak positive” test result for COVID-19. Understanding how coronavirus tests work shows us why this can happen from time to time.
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The latest COVID-19 modelling shows New Zealand will have a 50-50 chance of eliminating the virus again by the end of the month, provided the Auckland cluster stays contained.
The prime minister big new plan is a flawed policy in search of the science to back it up.
Social media influencers could have an impact in promoting a test and trace service and changing young people’s attitudes towards COVID-19.
Friaaz Azeez gets tested for COVID-19 by a health-care worker at a pop-up testing centre at the Islamic Institute of Toronto in Scarborough, Ont., on May 29, 2020.
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Understanding terms like sensitivity and specificity can help us make sense of COVID-19 testing, the accuracy of tests and what the results mean.
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New Zealand’s most pressing challenge is to bring the current COVID-19 outbreak under control, but it also time to make more strategic improvements to prevent future border control failures.