Small holes make for big problems in pandemic Australia

Little things matter a lot in managing COVID-19. So why isn’t Australia’s hotel quarantine system focused on extra-easy precautions like the use of N95 masks for all hotel workers? — Read on http://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/small-holes-make-for-big-problems-in-pandemic-australia-20210214-p572d7

Australia’s top infectious diseases expert Nick Coatsworth forced to defend policy and AstraZeneca vaccine on Q+A – ABC News

Australia’s top infectious diseases expert Nick Coatsworth forced to defend policy and AstraZeneca vaccine on Q+A – ABC News — Read on amp.abc.net.au/article/13146572

Urgent action needed on hotel quarantine | AMA

The latest cases of COVID-19 transmission in Victoria are yet another failure of infection control systems in hotel quarantine and show the need for urgent action nationally, AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid said today. The Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport has been evacuated and more than 950 hotel quarantine workers are in self-isolation after twoContinue reading “Urgent action needed on hotel quarantine | AMA”

The hijacking of public health and the price paid during the COVID-19 pandemic | NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response

The catastrophic failure of many Western democracies such as the US, UK and many European countries to control COVID-19 has been shocking. Prior to this pandemic, there has been a long-held view in these same countries that only fragile states and low-income countries will fail during a pandemic, and would need benevolent assistance from highContinue reading “The hijacking of public health and the price paid during the COVID-19 pandemic | NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response”

Aerosol expert Jose-Luis Jimenez is sounding the alarm about airborne transmission of COVID-19

Aerosol expert Jose-Luis Jimenez is sounding the alarm about airborne transmission of COVID-19 — Read on cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/infectious-disease/Aerosol-expert-Jose-Luis-Jimenez/99/i1

Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – Journal of Hospital Infection

Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – Journal of Hospital Infection — Read on http://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(21)00007-4/fulltext

Mechanistic transmission modeling of COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship demonstrates the importance of aerosol transmission | PNAS

Mechanistic transmission modeling of COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship demonstrates the importance of aerosol transmission | PNAS — Read on http://www.pnas.org/content/118/8/e2015482118

A randomised and uncontrolled ad-hoc post-hoc on-the-fly triple-blind clinical trial on the effects of mandatory quarantine detention on medical professionals. – Glen’s Travel Blog

A randomised and uncontrolled ad-hoc post-hoc on-the-fly triple-blind clinical trial on the effects of mandatory quarantine detention on medical professionals. – Glen’s Travel Blog — Read on glenlo.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/a-randomised-and-uncontrolled-ad-hoc-post-hoc-on-the-fly-triple-blind-clinical-trial-on-the-effects-of-mandatory-quarantine-detention-on-medical-professionals/amp/

Airway management guidance for the endemic phase of COVID‐19 – Cook – 2021 – Anaesthesia – Wiley Online Library

Airway management guidance for the endemic phase of COVID‐19 – Cook – 2021 – Anaesthesia – Wiley Online Library — Read on associationofanaesthetists-publications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.15253

SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare workers despite the use of surgical masks and physical distancing – the role of airborne transmission | Open Forum Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

Abstract. SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets. A key question in COVID-19 pandemic is whether it could be transmitted via airborne route a — Read on academic.oup.com/ofid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ofid/ofab036/6121257

Up the line to death: covid-19 has revealed a mortal betrayal of the world’s healthcare workers – The BMJ

Up the line to death: covid-19 has revealed a mortal betrayal of the world’s healthcare workers – The BMJ — Read on blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/01/29/up-the-line-to-death-covid-19-has-revealed-a-mortal-betrayal-of-the-worlds-healthcare-workers/

Paramedic’s frustrations and fears working on Covid frontline – Channel 4 News

We’ve been hearing from one paramedic in South Wales about a life of frustrations and fear, and dealing with a deadly virus that, even now, many people don’t take seriously. — Read on http://www.channel4.com/news/paramedics-frustrations-and-fears-working-on-covid-frontline