Will new guidelines on how to protect front-line workers acknowledge the coronavirus can spread via the air we breathe? It's time they did.
You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over.
International students have been admirably persistent in studying online for more than a year. But as other countries open their doors, Australia risks losing them if it fails to show they are wanted.
Airborne transmission is likely to be behind several recent leaks in hotel quarantine. But the Northern Territory has a quarantine model that works.
COVID-19 has created a temporary but desperate minority of Australians. These are the roughly 34,000 citizens overseas who say they are stranded.
Our current quarantine capacity would take six months to handle the return of 150,000 existing students, but 70,000 new students every six months would also be needed to halt the fall in enrolments.
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Another city, another snap lockdown, and another round of asking whether it will successfully prevent disaster this time, or whether the coronavirus has already spread undetected through the community.
The amount of risk from overseas arrivals depends not just on Australia's vaccination rates, but also on the particular circumstances of the country from which people are travelling.
The revamped Victorian hotel quarantine system appears to have addressed the weaknesses of the previous system, particularly around the risk of airborne transmission.
Australia has a long history of incarceration of migrants, Indigenous people and those considered 'enemies' of the state. This has formed a 'template' for modern-day quarantine and detention policies.
The risk of COVID escaping from hotel quarantine or a health-care setting will never be zero. But in NSW and Queensland, was everything possible done to minimise the risk?
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.
Our buildings and cities were not designed to handle a pandemic. But countries around the world are coming up with design ideas, some high-tech and some more basic, to reduce the infection risks.
Another lockdown in Victoria comes at a considerable cost. However, it's important to see the distinction between this short, sharp lockdown and the one that lasted several months last year.
From February 15, people travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel-ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days.
Nebulisers deliver life-saving medications yet they increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 in hotel quarantine.
Investigations are continuing into the case of a returned traveller in NSW who tested positive to COVID two days after leaving hotel quarantine. Could they have had an abnormally long incubation period?
If there are inevitably going to be leaks from quarantine, wouldn't it be better to have it in an isolated location so it can't spread further?
In contrast to other states after a positive case in a hotel quarantine worker, Victoria isn't locking down. But the response is sensible and proportionate – we're well positioned to manage this outbreak.
With no national standard, casually employed staff, a lack of PPE and a refusal to account for aerosol transmission, infections such as the one that prompted Perth's lockdown will keep happening.