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The health and wellbeing of our community is at the heart of all we do here at HMRI. Throughout this time, we want to keep you updated on our response to COVID-19 and share valuable information and resources to support your health and wellbeing over the coming weeks and months.

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

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COVID-19: What’s the current advice?
April 27, 2023

As we head into the winter months, we are likely to see the usual prevalence of colds, flu, and viral infections increase, including COVID-19. 

February 22, 2023

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and with an estimated 65 million people affected by long COVID, here are five things we now know or suspect about the condition.

Nurse with covid-19 protection mask on giving a young woman with brown her a covid-19 swab test.
November 12, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, Australia has recorded 10.4 million cases of COVID-19, with the majority occurring this year. That leaves about a third of the population who are yet to have COVID - or NOVIDs. So what do we know about NOVIDs?


July 28, 2022

What is the future of COVID? We talk to respiratory disease researcher and physician Professor Peter Wark, viral Immunologist Associate Professor Nathan Bartlett on what we can expect for the future of COVID-19.


Donors to Hunter Medical Research Institute have helped fund research into a new nasal spray that could stop COVID-19
March 8, 2022

Called INNA-051, it boosts the immune system to fight common colds in the nose and throat before it reaches the lungs. Now, it’s proved remarkably successful in reducing viral replication of COVID-19 as well. This medical advancement shows what can happen when you donate to HMRI.

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.