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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been well known that the virus does not affect everyone equally. Reviews of patient data around the world has shown that older people, men and those suffering from chronic lung conditions have worse outcomes and higher mortality rates. A new study may have found one potential reason for why some groups seem to get sicker more than others.
By Laureate Professor Clare Collins and Dr Rebecca Williams
Originally published in The Conversation
In Australia and around the world, research is showing changes in body weight, cooking, eating and drinking patterns associated with COVID lockdowns.
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.
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
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.
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.