The response to the crisis in India speaks to the complexity of public health decision-making.
Why the virus just keeps spreading – and what to do about it.
With a vaccine, yes, elimination is possible. But we need to be realistic about how long this might take.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has announced an initiative that would see a Labor government implement an Australian Centre for Disease Control.
Will the COVID-19 pandemic change the global balance of power? It wouldn’t be the first time.
The US response to the coronavirus was slow and problematic, but it also was rooted in a 19th-century way of viewing public health.
Social distancing and physical changes to the environment pose significant challenges to people with visual impairments.
Suppression tactics aren’t appropriate for dangerous diseases – and in the long term prove just as expensive.
Lowering urban density to protect against the coronavirus would be a misguided response. Density is not a key driver of infection, and keeps people active and healthy.
Currently, there is no evidence that this highly effective antimalarial can treat COVID-19 – and the threat of drug resistance should deter us from using it indiscriminately.
New Zealand has managed it, but densely populated, highly infected countries face a bigger challenge.
While the delay to releasing the app is disappointing, it’s a chance to use behavioural science to optimise its design.
A rapid launch of tracing and testing combined with localised lockdowns aims to keep the virus under control until a vaccine is found.
Mobile devices can be turned into tools to rapidly identify a variety of disease-causing agents, including bacteria, toxins and viruses.
For contact tracing to be effective, the UK needs quick, accurate testing and lots of tracing capacity – and also for the public to be on board.
Testing healthcare workers can play a role in preventing new infections, but is a highly limited strategy and shouldn’t distract from other, more helpful measures.
The virus that caused the original Sars no longer haunts us, but the characteristics of today’s coronavirus mean it’s unlikely to disappear in the same way.
A continuous lock down is detrimental to Nigeria’s large population of people living below poverty lines, but lifting the restrictions without a proper plan is equally dangerous. Here’s what to do.
Australia and New Zealand have well and truly ‘flattened the curve’, and there is now a real chance we could eliminate coronavirus in both countries. But what does elimination actually mean?
A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.