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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What Our Community Needs To Know

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Gut expert warns of higher virus risk
August 21, 2020

Globally renowned gastroenterologist and epidemiologist Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC has warned that people who have existing gut disorders are at greater risk of getting more severe coronavirus symptoms.

Easy to let in, hard to get out – the virus crisis plaguing aged-care settings
August 20, 2020

Shielding elderly and vulnerable aged-care communities from COVID-19 will continue to be a major challenge for health authorities, as the virus enters easily via community transmission then becomes inherently difficult to eradicate.

Virus elimination “should be Australia’s goal”
August 18, 2020

Elimination of COVID-19 in Australia is possible and certainly preferable to prolonged suppression measures, according to eminent University of Newcastle and HMRI researcher Laureate Professor Nick Talley.

What are the long-term symptoms of COVID-19?
August 4, 2020

Sufferers with mild illness might expect to get better after a few weeks. But there’s mounting evidence this isn’t the case, and COVID-19 may leave a long-lasting impression on its victims – not just the most severely affected or the elderly and frail. Written by Professor Peter Wark, published in The Conversation 27 July 2020

How to wear a face mask and reduce the risk of COVID-19
July 30, 2020

HMRI researcher, and Hunter New England Health ICU registered nurse Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish shows us how to correctly wear a face mask to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Matthew 'Tepi' McLaughlin | ABC Newcastle
July 14, 2020

If there's one good thing to come out of this pandemic, it's a global move to make our cities more cycle and pedestrian friendly. Even Newcastle! For a city that's traditionally been reliant on cars, it's been delightful to see so many bikes and walkers taking advantage of Newcastle's relatively flat, open spaces.

How did COVID-19 impact on cancer patients and their carers?
July 7, 2020

For both people with a cancer diagnosis and their carers it's been a particularly challenging time. Kate Booth is a research assistant at HMRI and PhD candidate who is working with Professor Christine Paul and her team to understand how COVID-19 has impacted people who are already undergoing a difficult and tumultuous time. 

Are there risks to consider when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines?
June 26, 2020

With more cases popping up and fear of a second wave, where is the research for a COVID-19 vaccine up to?

An evidence-based approach to fighting COVID-19
June 23, 2020

Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Career Development Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Program Manager at Hunter New England Population Health and HMRI-affiliated researcher, has received a funding grant from nib to deliver their ‘Fast Facts’ project - arming health officials more quickly and effectively with up-to-date evidence to better inform the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Keeping active while confined in quarantine
June 9, 2020

Returning from a family holiday in England to face two weeks of solitary quarantine inside a small hotel room was a daunting prospect indeed for HMRI physical activity researcher and advocate Matthew ‘Tepi’ McLaughlin.