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Melbourne's second lockdown will take a toll on mental health. We need to look out for the vulnerable

Australians are already experiencing mental health fallout from COVID-19. A prolonged pandemic, and a second lockdown, might only make things worse.

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Australians are already experiencing mental health fallout from COVID-19. A prolonged pandemic, and a second lockdown, might only make things worse.

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6 Jul 2020

4 unusual things we've learned about the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic

As the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus grows, so does our knowledge of how it spreads, how it affects the body, and the range of symptoms it causes.

6 Jul 2020

Separating mothers with COVID-19 from their newborns does more harm than good

Preventing early skin to skin contact potentially disrupts newborn physiology.

Women with her baby in bed.

16 Jun 2020

We don't know if breastfeeding is rising or falling in Australia. That's bad for everyone

Despite its importance for women and children, the still there is no funding available to monitor breastfeeding rates in Australia.

Girl using a well

10 Jun 2020

Scientists around the world are already fighting the next pandemic

The “superbug problem” will not be solved by more prudent antibiotic use alone.

28 May 2020

Seeing is believing: how media mythbusting can actually make false beliefs stronger

Misinformation about coronavirus can have serious consequences.

Illustration of woman with a phone.

14 May 2020

Contact tracing apps are vital tools in the fight against coronavirus. But who decides how they work?

A proposed fix to help the COVIDSafe app work on Apple phones may come with costs to public health and accountability.

5 May 2020

Can you get the COVID-19 coronavirus twice?

ANU infectious disease specialist, Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, answers the big question.

Woman coughing into elbow.

23 Apr 2020

Can coronavirus spread 4 metres?

Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to maintain 1.5 metres between people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Woman on motorcycle wearing head scarf and mask

23 Apr 2020

Poor and rich Indonesians do not get equal access to COVID-19 tests: this is why it's a problem

Amid the urgent need for mass testing to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia, poor people in the fourth-most-populous country have a difficult time to get tested for COVID-19. It’s much easier for rich Indonesians to access COVID-19 testings.

Author's daughter holding a rainbow painting through the window of their home.

22 Apr 2020

If this is an existential crisis, then why am I so hopeful?

We’ve entered a new reality. It’s not great, but it has something going for it: we don’t know how this one ends. Yet.

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