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Coronavirus: Auckland cool storage facility tested over concern Covid-19 entered NZ via freight – Stuff.co.nz

Storage facility in Auckland where one case worked is temporarily closed, as possibility of transmission via freight is investigated.

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‘A whole new world’: The Aussies living in a COVID-free bubble – Yahoo News Australia

Some Australians are preparing to enter a completely different world to what they left almost 12 months ago when they return home.

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While this year Australians have been forced to stay in their homes during lockdowns, some have been blissfully unaware living in a COVID-free bubble at a remote outpost.
Almost 90 people stationed in Antarctica are bracing for a whole new world as they prepare to return from their expeditions to places like Melbourne, where people are only allowed a limited time to exercise each day and wearing masks is mandatory.
Maree Riley, organisational psychologist at the Australian Antarctic Division, …

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Flu and Covid-19 at same time significantly increases risk of death – The Guardian

UK scientists warn co-infection is ‘serious trouble’ and urge those at risk to get flu vaccine

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Having flu and Covid-19 together significantly increases your risk of death, say government scientists who are urging all those at risk of getting or transmitting flu to get the vaccine in the coming weeks and months.
The evidence for the double whammy is currently limited and comes mostly from a study with small numbers 58 people carried out in the UK during the early phase of the pandemic.
As I understand it, its 43% of those with co-infection died compared with 26.9% of those who tested pos…

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Researchers say testing wastewater for evidence of COVID-19 is showing promise – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Researchers are still seeking ways to screen for coronavirus (COVID-19).

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DETROIT Researchers are still seeking ways to screen for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The testing of wastewater for evidence of COVID-19 is showing promise. A new paper suggests it could provide a very early warning of an impending outbreak.
READ: CDC says new guidance on airborne coronavirus transmission was posted in error
The main way epidemiologists have followed the growth of the pandemic is through testing individuals. Those results will be delayed from the date the person actually first bec…

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