Covid-19 Update

Is chronic pain ruling your life? Lady Gaga is now pain-free thanks to mental health therapy

Living with severe pain can be debilitating and isolating, but there are ways to conquer it.

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Academics answer your COVID vaccine questions

When can I get my next COVID booster or fourth dose? What if I’ve recently had COVID? Can I get my flu shot at the same time?

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How soon can I get COVID again? Experts now say 28 days – but you can protect yourself

My glorious two and a half year run of negative COVID tests came to a shuddering halt last week, after […]

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A new Omicron wave is upon New Zealand, with older people now most at risk – here’s what to expect

New Zealand has been in a COVID lull for the past two months, but with the BA.5 variant on the rise and more than 10,000 new daily cases reported this week, it appears we are now at the start of a second Omicron wave.

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Could I have had COVID and not realised it?

It seems not a day goes by without learning someone in our inner circle of family, friends and colleagues has […]

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Four strange COVID symptoms you might not have heard about

Well over two years into the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of COVID cases continue to be recorded around the world every day.

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What’s the new Omicron XE variant and should I be worried?

By Paul Griffin, Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, The University of Queensland.

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Returning to work after COVID: What to look out for and when to return

There is varied advice when it comes to returning to work after COVID. 

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Australia scraps pre-departure testing requirement for travellers

Travellers to Australia will no longer be required to provide proof of a negative pre-departure COVID test. The rule is […]

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Post-COVID psychosis occurs in people with no prior history. The risk is low but episodes are frightening

By Sarah Hellewell, Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, and The Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, Curtin University.

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Deltacron: what scientists know so far about this new hybrid coronavirus

In many countries, as restrictions lift and freedoms are restored, there’s a general feeling that the pandemic is over. There is, however, still the significant concern that a dangerous new variant could emerge.

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Tourists allowed to travel to NZ from April

New Zealand is reopening to tourists. Fully vaccinated tourists from Australia will be able to travel to New Zealand without […]

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Why your kids may be nervous about ditching the mask and how you can help

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new COVID-19 guidelines on Feb. 25, 2022, to help inform people’s individual decisions about wearing masks.

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How long does protective immunity against COVID-19 last after infection or vaccination? Two immunologists explain

Prakash Nagarkatti and Mitzi Nagarkatti, professors of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of South Carolina examine the common questions surrounding Covid immunity. 

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NZ Govt reconsidering self-isolation requirements for travellers: Hipkins

The New Zealand Government is reassessing self-isolation requirements for people entering the country, according to Chris Hipkins. The COVID-19 Response […]

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How do Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) work?

There is no doubt Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are a daily conversation topic in your household. 

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How to prepare for Omicron: The essential items for your Covid survival kit

With the new wave of Covid-19 spreading across the world, it’s important to prepare your household in case you need to isolate at home. 

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Isolating at home? 5 easy tips to help you breathe more easily

Shortness of breath, persistent cough and fatigue are common COVID signs and symptoms. And the vast majority of people will be managing their symptoms at home.

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NZ Govt reduces booster interval to three months

The New Zealand Government has shortened the interval between the second COVID-19 jab and the booster from four to three months.

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With so many different masks on the market, which one is right for you and your family?

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than previous outbreaks, leading many experts to update their advice around masks.

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10 ways to help lonely loved ones in long-term care homes, according to an expert

The devastation brought by the Omicron variant on long-term care (LTC) homes around the world is rampant as numerous staff and residents test positive for COVID-19.

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A divided nation: Western Australia stays shut as COVID deaths mount in east

Australia will remain a divided nation with the vast mining state of Western Australia cancelling plans to reopen its borders on Feb. 5 citing health risks from a surge in the Omicron COVID-19 variant in eastern states.

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Long COVID: For the 1 in 10 patients who become long-haulers, COVID-19 has lasting effects

Even as the unpredictable rise and fall of COVID-19 infections continues at home and around the world, a new and ugly pandemic-related problem is emerging.

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NSW reports 92,264 COVID cases

New South Wales has recorded 92,264 COVID cases today, after reporting positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results became mandatory in the state.

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