After a nose swab tests positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use the sample’s genetic sequence to figure out where and when the pathogen emerged and how fast it’s changing.
This challenges the current assumption that coughing is the primary driver of TB transmission.
Progress against tuberculosis has long been inadequate to reach the target of elimination by 2030. But before the COVID-19 pandemic the world was making steady progress in diagnosing and treating TB.
Countries must be encouraged to distribute essential healthcare provision - like diagnosis - to where people most need them and where they can be accessed more easily.
COVID has shown us we can develop a range of safe and effective vaccines. Now we need to do the same for TB.
Until vaccines that are capable of protecting all populations against TB are developed, treatment is the best option to preventing infection.
An out-of-control COVID epidemic in PNG would be a humanitarian and economic disaster for the nation itself, and a grave threat to the region.
Doubt can be uncomfortable. It is often tempting to jump to conclusions. But Keats counsels otherwise.
Tuberculosis is a global threat and a public health concern on a scale similar to COVID-19.
One of the main challenges remains that diagnostics and drugs for people suffering from advanced HIV aren’t readily available. This group of people is vulnerable to deadly opportunistic infections.
A COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the only tool for fighting this pandemic. An immunologist argues that safe pneumonia vaccines would reduce the severity of COVID-19, save lives and prevent the worst cases.
As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it’s not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it’s usually here to stay.
Our first exposure to a pathogen, either naturally or via vaccination, can affect how our immune system responds in the future to the same or similar pathogens.
Malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are regarded as the ‘big three’ infectious diseases. This is where scientists are at in their efforts to find a vaccine for each one.
When Abbott Thayer’s wife succumbed to the disease, his life and art underwent a dramatic shift.
The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they’re available to all.
A century ago, Australians were battling another pandemic, tuberculosis, with public health measures many will find familiar today.
A vaccine historically used to prevent tuberculosis is now among the contenders for a COVID-19 vaccine. So what is the BCG vaccine and why might it work against coronavirus?
Sunlight is not a cure for everything, and certainly not for COVID-19, but 100 years ago it was a popular treatment.
Australia has been tightening the border between PNG and the Torres Strait Islands in recent years, exacerbating poverty and the spread of tuberculosis in villages that depend on cross-border trade.