coronavirus

People celebrate in Israel

Australia plans to begin relaxing restrictions once 70% of over-16s are fully vaccinated. But as Israel shows us, it’s likely not enough to reach herd immunity, especially with the Delta variant.

an air purifier in a classroom with children in the background

$50 million could provide all NSW school classrooms with air purifiers with HEPA filters. This pales compared to the roughly $220 million-a-day cost of Sydney’s lockdown.

a womans arm with a band-aid where she has been vaccinated.

Do you actually need compulsory vaccination at your workplace? And if you do, as a last resort, how do you make mandates fair?

a qantas plane taxis on the tarmac with a delta flight taking off behind it

Australians who normally live overseas will face an even tougher time coming back to Australia, under new rules that start this week.

a masked woman walks by sydney opera house

NSW needs to mandate masks outdoors, provide adequate financial support, set up a ‘ring of steel’, use rapid tests for essential workers, and ensure cases not in full isolation get to zero, among others.

Sydney Harbour Bridge behind a chain link fence

NSW's successful test and trace strategy controlled the Crossroads Hotel outbreak a year ago without needing a stringent lockdown. But this has not worked as well against Delta.

masked man waits for the light rail in sydney

In Hong Kong, SARS created a new social norm, where people accepted mask use as part of their 'civic responsibility'.

People wearing masks wait in line for a COVID-19 test

JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.

Woman using phone wearing face mask in public

There is a discrepancy between people's intentions to protect their privacy and how they behave when it comes to contact tracing apps, a new study says.

Healthcare workers

UNSW has a wide range of experts available for comment on the coronavirus pandemic.

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