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Why some people don’t want to take a COVID-19 test

Last week, outgoing chief medical officer Brendan Murphy announced all returned travellers would be tested for COVID-19 before and after quarantine. Some were surprised testing was not already required. Others were outraged some 30% of returned travellers in hotel quarantine in Victoria had declined to be tested. This week, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said more […]

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Don’t hold your breath for a COVID-19 vaccine in 2020

Donald Trump may be “very confident” we will have a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the year, but the rest of us should be more cautious. Billions of dollars are being spent trying to develop vaccines and treatments as a more permanent solution to the crisis than the lockdowns currently being enforced around […]

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Don’t let the coronavirus pandemic rob you of your sleep

If you toss and turn every night because the coronavirus epidemic has left you anxious and worried, one sleep expert has some advice. Financial struggles, loss of control, or worries about loved ones can affect peoples’ quality and duration of nightly sleep, said sleep psychologist Emerson Wickwire, an associate professor of psychiatry and medicine at […]

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Don’t count on any seasonal variation to end the COVID-19 pandemic

Will SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, fade away on its own this summer? After all, other viruses—including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes bronchiolitis in little children—are mostly seen in the winter. The National Academies’ Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases a … ntury Health Threats recently addressed the question of whether […]

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You Don't Look Sick: 'I don't lead the life I would like to as a 26-year-old'

Helen Shenton, 26, from Stowmarket, Suffolk, has idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), meaning she has a build-up of pressure around her brain. The condition causes symptoms that mimic a brain tumour, including severe headache, speech impairment, visual disturbances, blackouts, confusion and blindness. As part of our, You Don’t Look Sick series about invisible illnesses and hidden […]

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Don't swallow those New Year diet book myths

Don’t swallow those New Year diet book myths: Experts give verdicts on claim that milk can cause cancer, celery juice heals diseases… and, no, Gwyneth Paltrow, you don’t need a 24-hour fast on just water and herbal tea Britons buy millions of ‘New Year, New You’ diet and wellness manuals each year One celebrity doctor […]