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Shortage of supplies alarms medics fighting coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak in Australia has entered a new, more potent phase and is being fuelled by local or community trans­missions, according to biosecurity experts. “Based on what’s happening… more
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A real sleuthing exercise': Every coronavirus case starts a race to track…

Each person on average has about nine close contacts, says Dr Raina MacIntyre, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at UNSW."It varies from case to case, but on average we know that from… more
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Simple advice to avoid catching virus

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from the virus, however, is simply to wash your hands, according to the Australian Academy of Science. "Hand hygiene is one of the most… more
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The delicate balance behind Australia's heavy-handed travel bans

"The economic losses have to be weighed against the health losses. It's difficult to find the right balance," says Raina MacIntyre, professor of global biosecurity, Kirby Institute at the University… more
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Why Coronavirus May Hit Australia Worse Than In China

The flu-like virus, which spawned in Wuhan, China in December, is more severe in older people because their immune systems are weaker (stock image) Professor Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity… more
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Scramble to track Cambodia cruise passengers after coronavirus case reported

Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at Australia’s University of New South Wales, said it was well known the coronavirus can be infectious even if a patient has no symptoms. “… more