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

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Delta vs Omicron: What are the similarities and differences?
January 24, 2022

Even with Australia’s high vaccination rate, COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in the community. The latest Omicron variant of concern appears to be far more contagious than the Delta variant, but so far, the Delta variant is more likely to cause hospitalisation.

Masks protect against COVID-19, but which mask is best?
January 20, 2022

Masks are a key measure to reduce transmission of all variants of COVID-19, including Delta and Omicron. A well-fitted mask can protect a healthy person and also stop an asymptomatic person, who may be unaware they have the virus, from passing it on.

5 tips to support your mental wellbeing during COVID-19
January 17, 2022

Do you feel stressed by the ongoing pandemic? Are you worried about getting sick? Or are you worried about your children? We asked some of HMRI’s mental health researchers how to cope with COVID and the Omicron wave.

COVID-19 nasal spray moves to Phase 2 study
October 7, 2021

Encouraging preliminary results from an ongoing phase 1 study have triggered the announcement of phase 2 studies for a first-in-class nasal spray to protect people from respiratory viral diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza.

COVID Q&A: Managing our mental health during COVID lockdown.
September 9, 2021

Mental health is obviously a big concern during the current COVID-19 lockdowns. We spoke with Dr Jaelea Skehan, a registered psychologist, researcher and Director at Everymind for some advice on managing our mental health during these times.

COVID Q&A: Maintaining physical activity and fitness during lockdowns
September 6, 2021

We asked HMRI and The University of Newcastle physical activity researcher Professor David Lubans some of the common questions people have been asking about maintaining fitness and exercising during lockdown when we don't have access to gyms and our movements away from home are restricted.

COVID Q&A: Maintaining physical activity and fitness during lockdowns
August 23, 2021

Maintaining good nutrition and eating habits is important during lockdown periods where our routines can be disrupted. Laureate Professor Clare Collins provides some advice on how we can best manage our diet during lockdown restrictions.

Your COVID-19 Questions Answered
July 8, 2021

Lots of curiosity and questions surround COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines.
So what's fact and what is fiction. We put the call out on our social media channels for your COVID questions and had them answered by some of our leading experts in this space.

Digital tool to dial back COVID-19 anxiety, depression and alcohol use
February 22, 2021

With more than a third of Australians now drinking alcohol daily, compared to 6 percent pre-COVID-19, researchers are developing a digital tool to help communities manage the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

New research shows why COVID-19 may affect some worse than others
February 2, 2021

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.