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Expect more lockdowns until low-paid workers are able to isolate without fear of poverty – The Guardian

Mayor Andy Burnham warns that dramatically shifting pictures of infection rates will continue to force local lockdowns

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Do teenagers spread coronavirus more than young children? – The Guardian

Experts suspect greater social contact among teenagers spreads Covid-19 more quickly, but the science is unclear

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The extent to which children are able to transmit coronavirus, and the difference between the vulnerabilities of younger children and teenagers to the disease, has been a subject of scientific interest as the pandemic has unfolded.
A South Korean study published in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal in July found Covid infection rates among household contacts to be highest where they resided with someone with the virus in the 10- to 19-year-old age group. By contrast, they wer…

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Newmarch House operator tells of Covid-19 ‘dysfunction’ between state and federal officials – The Guardian

The aged care royal commission hears authorities gave conflicting advice about whether to send infected residents to hospital

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The head of Sydneys Newmarch House aged care home has spoken out about a frustrating level of dysfunction between state and federal health authorities who gave conflicting advice about whether to send infected residents to hospital during the early weeks of a deadly Covid-19 outbreak.
The aged care royal commission on Tuesday heard evidence about how Newmarch House responded to the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in 37 residents testing positive and 17 dying. The inquiry was told about the…

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False claims resurface about tests for COVID-19 and its survival rate – Education – Australian Associated Press

A Facebook post claims tests for COVID-19 cannot distinguish between the coronavirus, the flu and common cold.

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A Facebook post claims COVID-19 tests cannot distinguish between COVID-19, the flu and common cold. It also claims a 99.5 per cent “survival rate” for the coronavirus.
The post features an image of a yellow map of Australia in the background with text that begins with, “Dear Australia” before asking a series of questions including: “A virus with a 99.5% survival rate that has killed fewer than the normal flu season?” and “a virus that the test can’t identify separately from the f…

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