Until this year it looked as if Australia could have its cake and eat it too — low deaths form COVID and a resilient economy.
Arriving travellers from an international flight follow signs toward COVID-19 testing at Pearson International Airport in Toronto in February.
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The federal election is taking place during a fourth wave of COVID-19, and border management remains crucial to controlling the pandemic. Here’s how each major party would manage travel restrictions.
The rules dividing states and territories are likely to remain in the short term. But as time goes on and vaccination rates increase, many may stop trying to reach COVID-zero too.
Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, designed for use at home, can show results in 15 minutes.
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Making rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 cheaper and more accessible can catch the infectious cases before they spread and help everyone resume normal activities safely.
The huge number of active coronavirus infections offers plenty of opportunity for mutations to occur and new variants to arise.
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When the coronavirus copies itself, there is a chance its RNA will mutate. But new variants must jump from one host to another, and the more infections there are, the better chance this will happen.
The door to unemployment benefits is closing for million of Americans.
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Three pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs expire on Labor Day, putting millions of mostly low-income families in financial jeopardy.
Southern states’ bans on mask mandates in schools may violate the rights of disabled students.
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Fighting against federal authority is a political tradition in the South – and resisting federal guidance to wear masks in schools is just the latest example, an education policy expert writes.
It’s not spreading widely, and it’s not at Australia’s doorstep. The tools we have in place work against the coronavirus.
We are being cautious about the implications for vaccine efficacy and transmissibility while we gather more data to understand this lineage.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in unvaccinated children, epidemiologists rely on a layered approach of interventions including masking, ventilation, cohorting and promoting vaccination for all eligible community members.
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With no vaccination yet in children under 12, preventing COVID-19 spread in schools depends on fine-tuning policy interventions according to local epidemiology and vaccination rates.
Vaccines against COVID-19 are the safest – and fastest – way to prevent the spread of variants.
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A 2015 paper on chicken virus evolution is being taken out of context and used to fuel fears about COVID-19 vaccines. Its lead author aims to clarify the science in hopes of saving lives.
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Several superspreading events had likely infected more than 200 people before New Zealand’s Delta outbreak was detected and the country went into a strict lockdown last week.
A man walks past a makeshift memorial for medical workers who died from COVID-19 in Saint Petersburg on May 11, 2020.
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Another wave of COVID-19 in Russia is undermining public health and threatens economic recovery. But widespread mistrust of institutions will stymie the country’s efforts to move past the pandemic.
Despite rampant misinformation, studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for both the mom and baby.
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A COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility – but it can protect you from the dangerous complications of contracting the virus.
Italians must now present a form of vaccine passport called a ‘Green Pass’ to enter many indoor establishments.
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After enduring a devastating wave of infections, deaths and lockdowns at the start of the pandemic, Italy is putting in place tougher anti-COVID measures, including a vaccine passport.
Lining up for a vaccine at a municipal stadium in Hyderabad, India.
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A public health scholar based in New Delhi explains how India has emerged from the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, even as the country braces for a new wave.
As more genomes are sequenced, it will become clearer when and how the Delta variant slipped through the New Zealand border. The greater the diversity in genomes, the older and larger the outbreak.
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Models show at least 60% of the population would need to use the COVID-19 tracer app to have enough data to control an outbreak without a lockdown – but only about 10% of New Zealand adults scan in.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing New Zealand’s nationwide level 4 lockdown on Tuesday evening.
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New Zealand has been free of COVID-19 community infection since February, but a single confirmed case in Auckland has seen the government again adopt the ‘go hard, go early’ approach.
Masks are an important tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
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Vaccinations, masks and some distancing – along with low community transmission – can help protect students in classrooms and cafeterias.