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Families demanding answers about COVID hospital infections

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Twenty per cent of the state's COVID-related deaths this year have occurred due to outbreaks in public hospitals as New South Wales hospitals become the latest battleground in the state's outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. 

By Hagar Cohen and producer Raveen Hunjan.

August 24 2021

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Healthcare workers brace for impact after COVID outbreak at Royal Melbourne Hospital

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Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak is straining an already stretched healthcare system, with approximately 450 hospital workers at Royal Melbourne Hospital furloughed and healthcare professionals across the state facing the "toughest time" in their careers.

By Judd Boaz

August 23 2021

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Concerns around COVID-19 case at Melbourne hospital

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A COVID-19 crisis is engulfing the Royal Melbourne Hospital, with at least seven patients, staff and visitors testing positive.

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August 22 2021

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Lambda variant shows vaccine resistance in lab

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The Lambda variant of the coronavirus, first identified in Peru and now spreading in 30 countries around the world, is highly infectious and more resistant to vaccines than the original version of the virus the emerged from Wuhan, China.

By Nancy Lapid

August 03 2021

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Australia must gets serious about airborne infection transmission. Here's what to do...

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The Federal Government acknowledges it will be impossible to eradicate COVID-19 completely, focusing instead on steps including vaccination and protection against airborne transmission of the infection in public indoor spaces.

By Lidia Morawska International Laboratory for Air Quality and Heath, WHO Collaborating Centre, QUT

July 26, 2021

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Are patients spreading SARS-CoV-2 to their hospital roommates?

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SARS-CoV-2 is very easily transmitted if sharing a room with a person who is highly infectious, even if they are asymptomatic at the time. A new study explores the data and implications to infection control practices in hospitals.

By Abraar Karan, MD, MPH, Chanu Rhee, MD, MPH, and Michael Klompas, MD, MPH

July 17, 2021

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Vaccine efficacy, effectiveness and protection

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Like all vaccines, they do not fully protect everyone who is vaccinated, and  we do not yet know how well they can prevent people from transmitting the virus to others. As well as getting vaccinated, we must also continue with other control measures to fight the pandemic.
July 14 2021

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Almost half of Victorian isolation wards failed to meet all ventilation guidelines, leaked report reveals

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We know our Government is well aware that hospitals are absolutely putting people at risk. This is a serious concern. This is about not just patient and worker safety, this is about controlling transmission across patients and beyond,

By Sally Sara World Health Today
July 01 2021

Hospital transmissions of Covid-19

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Victorian COVID-19 review finds 277 instances of patients catching virus in hospital. The review has found around 11 per cent of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Victoria last year caught the virus during a hospital stay.
By Margaret Paul and Jessica Longbottom

June 25 2021

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Covid Delta variant is ‘in the air you breathe’ - Sydney's outbreak strain

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Delta strain is significantly more infectious but it spreads the same way as the original virus – including by ‘fleeting’ encounters and respiratory aerosols. Lab studies have found particles of the virus can linger in the air in aerosolised form for up to 16 hours.

By Donna Lu

June 24, 2021

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Countries representing one-seventh of the world’s population have reserved more than half of all vaccines available by June 2021

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Global herd immunity remains out of reach because of inequitable vaccine distribution – 99% of people in poor countries are un-vaccinated.

By Maria De Jesus Assoc Professor, Center on Health, Risk & Society, American University of International Service

June 23, 2021

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Mobile Ventilation Hoods listed as a promising new engineering control
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The Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy lists Mobile Ventilation Hoods as a promising new engineering control measure to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in acute healthcare settings.

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Call for “paradigm shift” to fight airborne spread of COVID-19 indoors
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QUT air-quality expert and distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska is leading an international call for a “paradigm shift” in combating airborne pathogens such as COVID-19, demanding universal recognition that infections can be prevented by improving indoor ventilation systems.

May 14, 2021

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The pressure is on for Australia to accept coronavirus can spread in the air we breathe
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More than a year into the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control finally changed their guidance to acknowledge SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be transmitted through the air we breathe.

May 13, 2021

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Word Health Organisation: COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan - Operational Planning Guideline
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An international call to promote Research and Development with a focus on improving Infection Protection Control measures such as New Innovations in PPE to help control infection transmission among health workers.

March 03, 2021

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Control recommendations for Healthcare Personnel during the (COVID-19) Pandemic
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Consultation with engineers, to improve indoor air quality in all shared spaces, optimize air-handling systems and consider the addition of portable solutions e.g. Mobile HEPA Filtration Units.

Feb 23, 2021

Vaccine Nationalism harms everyone and protects no one
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WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argues that first world countries hoarding vaccines is self-defeating for everyone. The chance of mutations causing new Covid strains resulting in vaccine resistance is significantly increased if the virus can move unhindered through large regions or populations.
By Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

February 2, 2021

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When can we cruise again — and will it be safe?
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Many types of travel have collapsed during the coronavirus pandemic, but cruise lines have been hit the worst. Between March 1 and July 10 2020, the CDC found nearly 3,000 cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths across 123 ships. Compact  Mobile Isolation methods for infected passengers can decrease on-board transmissions whilst at sea.

By Elaine Glusac

January 19, 2021

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Stopping the next one: What could the next pandemic be?
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In this series, we explore which diseases are most likely to cause the next global pandemic and learn from the scientists racing to keep that from happening.

By Harriet Constable and Jacob Kushner

January 11, 2021

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International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
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There is an urgent need to have resilient and robust health systems and it is important to strengthen epidemic prevention by applying lessons learned on epidemic management and how to  raise the level of preparedness in order to have the earliest and most adequate response to any epidemic that may arise in the future.

By United Nations website

December 27, 2020

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Victoria refuses to reveal details about Covid-19 in health institutions
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The Victorian health minister, Jenny Mikakos has refused to answer questions about hospital surge capacity or the number of medical institutions coping with outbreaks of Covid-19, with hundreds of health staff now in precautionary quarantine due to potential exposure to the virus.

By Melissa Davey

July 16, 2020

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It is time to address airborne transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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We appeal to the medical community and to the relevant national and international bodies to recognize the potential for airborne spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and we are advocating for the use of preventive measures to mitigate this route of airborne transmission.

By Lidia Morawska, Donald K Milton

July 06 2020

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Crucial role of temporary airborne infection isolation rooms in an intensive care unit
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Our experience suggests that renovation of our ICUs to include temporary AIIRs (Airborne Infection Isolation Room) was a critical and highly effective measure that permitted us to react appropriately to the explosive outbreak of COVID-19 and to provide optimal care for severely ill patients.

By Shin Yup Lee, Sun Ha Choi, Ji Eun Park, Soyoon Hwang & Ki Tae Kwon.

May 18 2020

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Nursing inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Australian Nursing Unions call on Government to build capacity of local supply chains to pre-emptively establish protocols to manage the emergence of new viral strains and border entrants from overseas countries.

By the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU)
May, 2020

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Coronavirus prompts mining companies to implement new procedures to avoid outbreaks
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A contractor working on a Browse Basin drilling rig off the Kimberley coast tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in all non-essential staff being flown to the WA mainland to self-isolate for two weeks.

By Clint Jasper and Michelle Stanley
March 27, 2020

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