Kirby Institute

social distancing

Test, trace, maintain social distance, and keep travel bans and quarantines in place. These measures will help Australia keep the coronavirus in check as we gradually emerge from lockdown hibernation.

Stuart Turville in the Kirby Institute’s Glendonbrook laboratories

At a high-security lab at UNSW Sydney, scientists are working around the clock to develop treatments and therapies to manage COVID-19. Here’s what their days look like.

Alberto Ospina Stella in the Kirby Institute’s PC3 containment lab

Investigating the virus’ lifespan, creating safe virus lookalikes, and studying immunotherapy solutions are just some of the collaborative research projects happening in a high-level containment lab at UNSW Medicine’s Kirby Institute.

Healthcare workers

Current advice for COVID-19 health workers is based on the assumption that droplets bearing the virus travel no further than 2 metres and do not remain in the air. The body of published evidence suggests otherwise.

healthcare workers in masks

Biosecurity expert Raina MacIntyre says healthcare workers are concerned about dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment, and need to be aware of existing evidence to make an informed choice.

coronavirus quarantine

Australia has not contained the coronavirus epidemic as well as it could have, given the tools at its disposal.

coronavirus testing

The federal government has expanded the testing criteria beyond just returned travellers and those in contact with an infected person. But the new guidelines don't go far enough.

woman with flu

Getting vaccinated against the flu, washing your hands and social distancing are three ways you can help reduce the impact of both the flu and coronavirus.

amyl nitrate

Amyl nitrite, known as poppers, can now legally be sold in pharmacies. But don't expect to see it stocked any time soon. No product has yet passed Australia's manufacturing and testing process.

2019 Tall Poppy awards

Leading UNSW academics have won 2019 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for their work in the treatment of pancreatic cancer and the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

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