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☑️ Vic updates 18 October
🧩 2 items added below 21 October
First, from Vic DHHS: How to make your own mask. Other sources: How to sew a mask – tutorial. Next is 30 minutes of hints, ideas, pros and cons on every aspect: What we’ve learned after making 167,000 masks.
Vic health officials use app… to trace… COVIDSafe app gets important update. Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Johns Hopkins University Experts (free course). Deaths worldwide per 1 million population. COVIDSafe laws get a new framework. How to clean your smartphone (Choice magazine) Why soap works (NY Times) Message from Foodbank CEO. COVIDSafe code released, but developers unhappy. Work of Los Alamos scientists suggests COVID-19 can turn really bad again much faster than it got better. Australia’s COVIDSafe contact tracing story is full of holes and we should worry
coronavirus update in figures
Source: ABC News and Radio
Source: WHO World Health Organization
Source: CSSEGISandData Github
Source: China CDC Weekly
A descriptive, exploratory analysis of all cases diagnosed as of 11 February 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Confirmed cases are those with a positive test. All cases are those with a clinical diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) likely to be COVID-19 but not tested for the virus.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine
Cleaning of stuff you bring home from a supermarket is important.
Source: The Conversation
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Worried you might test positive and put a spanner in Victoria’s COVID roadmap? Here’s why you should get tested anyway. The modelling behind Melbourne’s extended city-wide lockdown is problematic. Putting our money on two COVID vaccines is better than one: why Australia’s latest vaccine deal makes sense. Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown is the wrong approach. Here’s what good public policy looks like. How long will I have to wear a mask? Can single people visit a sharehouse? Common questions answered about Victoria’s new roadmap. Why ‘vaccine nationalism’ could doom plan for global access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Diarrhoea, stomach ache and nausea: the many ways COVID-19 can affect your gut. Too little, too late, too confusing? The funding criteria for the arts COVID package is a mess. Open COVID ‘cold spots’ first: a way out of lockdown for Melbourne. Children might play a bigger role in COVID transmission than first thought. Schools must prepare. COVID-19 cases are highest in young adults. We need to partner with them for the health of the whole community. Another day, another hotel quarantine fail. So what can Australia learn from other countries? Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling right now. Strength training is as important as cardio – and you can do it from home during COVID-19.
Here’s the proof we need. Many more health workers than we ever thought are catching COVID-19 on the job. Why freedom of religion won’t likely trump public health interests with a future COVID-19 vaccine. Religious concerns over vaccine production methods needn’t be an obstacle to immunisation. A man in Hong Kong caught COVID-19 a second time. Here’s why that’s not surprising (and there’s no need to panic).
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The Oxford deal is welcome, but remember the vaccine hasn’t been proven to work yet. Goodbye, brain scrapers. COVID-19 tests now use gentler nose swabs. Research shows coronavirus thrives in dry air (and August is coastal Australia’s least humid month). Finding the source of an outbreak is important. But the term ‘patient zero’ is a problem.
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