Australia is in the middle of its fifth Omicron wave, which has been brewing since February. But it’s been slow and the health impacts are very different.
The cause of every death in Australia must be certified by a medical practitioner. If the cause of death is not clear, the death is reported to the state or territory coroner for investigation.
A universal vaccine that could bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is now in development at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
The evidence so far suggests this wave could be a shorter and smaller version of the Omicron BA.5 wave.
There are key areas where managers report a change when staff work from home, says a new UNSW Canberra study.
Instead of making the lives of contact tracers easier, analysis shows the expensive technology missed contacts and added to their workload.
UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs says the arrival is a long-awaited milestone for the UNSW community.
Given the Omicron variant has already spread beyond southern Africa, a ban on travellers from those countries will slow the spread and buy crucial time, but won’t stop this strain in its tracks.
The Australian people will be best served by separating science from politics.
The vast majority of health workers accept COVID vaccinations, but we need to ensure the concerns of the minority are heard.