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Sharing info on COVID since the start of the pandemic

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🇳🇿 New Zealand: 'Significant' wave likely to hit New Zealand this winter, driven by FLiRT subvariant.

Professor Michael Plank, from the University of Canterbury, said it looked as if FLiRT - sometimes referred to as FLip - was driving Covid numbers up internationally and there were signs that was starting to happen in Aotearoa as well.

"There had been a "rapid increase" in Covid hospitalisations in the past couple of weeks, with about 240 people in hospital with the virus, up from 120 a couple of weeks ago."

"It has risen quite quickly which does suggest that we are heading into a significant wave."

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Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/517652/covid-19-significant-wave-likely-to-hit-new-zealand-this-winter-driven-by-flirt-subvariant

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Masks work, our comprehensive review has found.

"Getting most people to wear a mask could nip the outbreak in the bud, preventing a pandemic or lessening its impact. Wearing a mask is inconvenient, but not as inconvenient as lockdowns."

"The bottom line from our recent review is masks work. Along with improving indoor air quality and avoiding crowded, underventilated places, they provide the best way to avoid catching a respiratory infection. And our findings support previous advice to not just wear any mask but wear the best mask available."

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Source: https://theconversation.com/masks-work-our-comprehensive-review-has-found-229658

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🇦🇺 Australia: COVID keeps killing more people every month than flu does in a year.

“In other words, there were three times as many confirmed Covid-19 cases as influenza cases,” Adrian Esterman, professor of biostatistics at the University of South Australia, told TND.

“And the death rate associated with Covid-19 was about four times as high as for influenza.”

He said it was “completely crazy that face masks are not mandatory in all health care, hospital and aged-care settings”.

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Source: https://www.thenewdaily.com.au/life/2024/05/22/covid-kills-more-people-than-flu

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NSW: Flu cases set to surge as NSW battles trio of viruses.

"A mix of influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been swirling around the state at the start of flu season, triggering a rise in hospital visits."

@NSWHealth @auscovid19

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-news-live-dutton-to-name-nuclear-sites-within-weeks-ozempic-replicas-to-be-banned-in-four-months-20240523-p5jfw7.html

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Data from last week

SA weekly COVID update: 8 May to 14 May

🔹PCR cases only: 1,528 (+4.0%)
🔹Deaths: 27 (+27)
🔹Total deaths: 1,787 (+27)
🔹Hospital: NR
🔹ICU: NR

NR = Not Reported

@SAHealth @PictonChris @auscovid19

Source: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid-19/covid-19+dashboard

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Western Australia: Aged care residents dying needlessly due to vaccine complacency, health advocates warn. By John Flint

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Source: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/covid-wa-aged-care-residents-dying-needlessly-due-to-vaccine-complacency-health-advocates-warn-c-14581620

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Chinese study finds association between viral persistence and Long COVID.

"Overall, the results provide significant new evidence that viral persistence is associated with Long COVID and that the quantity of virus remaining in tissues is associated with the risk of developing Long COVID."

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Source: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2024/05/22/isjc-m22.html

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(3/4) NSW COVID-19 Whole Genome Sequencing: Week ending 18 May 2024

🔹The proportion of tested samples that are KP.2 and KP.3 continued to increase this week.

🔹The emergence of COVID-19 variants has been associated with new waves of COVID-19 infections.

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(4/4) NSW COVID-19 Sewage surveillance program: ending 18 May 2024

🔸Gene concentrations increasing in the Bondi, Liverpool and Quakers Hill catchment areas.

🔹Bondi: ⬆️Up
🔹Hunter: ⬇️Down
🔹Liverpool: ⬆️Up
🔹Quakers Hill: ⬆️Up

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(1/4) NSW respiratory surveillance reports: Week ending 18 May 2024

⚠️COVID-19 has increased to moderate levels⚠️

🔸COVID PCR test positivity rate: 8.0% (-0.3%)

🔹COVID: 3,478 (+23%)
🔹Influenza: 3,220 (+60%)
🔹RSV: 2,909 (+16%)

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Source: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/reports.aspx

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(2/4) Pertussis (Whooping cough): Week ending 18 May 2024

🔹The highest rates of pertussis notifications are observed in children 5-14 years (Figure 16)

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Tasmania: "A senior obstetrician and gynaecologist who caught COVID during Burnie’s infamous hospital outbreak in 2020 is fighting his employer over ongoing effects, some 4 years later."

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Source: https://www.themercury.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-tasmania/senior-burnie-doctor-fights-department-after-2020-covid-infection/news-story/d17abf7e91097ab0f2d00bc80bde1718

The doctor, who has not been identified, is pursuing the Department of Health for compensation, claiming he has never been able to return to full practice after first developing long Covid, and then a secondary injury of “distress and anxiety”. According to a newly-published Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision, the doctor was diagnosed with contracting Covid at his workplace – the North West Regional Hospital – on April 13, 2020. The media reported widely at the time that the hospital, and its neighbouring private hospital, were closed down due a Covid outbreak believed to have arisen from passengers on the Ruby Princess cruise ship. The hospitals underwent a deep clean and were quarantined for about a month. However the obstetrician, who took two months off work when he was initially infected, developed long Covid with “ongoing symptoms”. Due to those long Covid effects, as the tribunal noted in his management plan, the obstetrician lost his accreditation to perform certain surgical procedures. Late last year, he met with the hospital’s executive director of medical services, Elizabeth Deards, in a bid to have these credentials reinstated – but was told he’d need to undergo a neurocognitive assessment first. During her meeting with the obstetrician and his wife in 2023, Dr Deards said he appeared agitated, had obvious hearing difficulties, was easily distracted, and that his “narrative was disorganised, disjointed and, at times, abstract or bizarre”.

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Bird flu detected at central Victorian egg farm | theguardian.com

"Bird flu has been detected at an egg farm near Meredith in central Victoria, but authorities are yet to determine if it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain."

#BirdFlu #H5N1 #Victoria #EggFarm @auscovid19

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2024/may/22/news-live-turbulence-migration-budget-black-hole-evacuation-new-caledonia-angus-taylor-ozempic-scam-crackdown-migration-cost-of-living?filterKeyEvents=false#maincontent

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Taylor Swift Eras Tour Raises COVID Fears.

"Reports of COVID clusters are circulating after Swift's Paris shows."

"data suggested that hospital visits between May 6-12 rose 20% among those under 15-years-old, and 28% for those 15 and over."

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Source: https://www.newsweek.com/taylor-swift-eras-tour-raises-covid-fears-1902959

The agency's data suggested that hospital visits between May 6-12 rose 20 percent among those under 15-years-old, and 28 percent for those 15 and over. Meanwhile, scientists have warned of a "summer wave" of infections in the U.S. from a highly transmissible set of omicron subvariants. What We Know Some people on social media who said they had attended the concert have urged fellow attendees to test for COVID-19. One user who attended the Era's Tour in Paris, posted her positive COVID-19 test on TikTok, writing, "Check if you don't have Covid even tho you don't have any symptoms! A lot of us are sick right now." Another concertgoer posted on X, formerly Twitter: "back from the Taylor Swift concert with a scratchy throat, runny nose... If the government had maintained health measures, I would not be in this sad state." France lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions in March 2022 and since February 2023 there is no requirement to self-isolate if you test positive. Wearing a mask in a public place is recommended, but not mandatory. Views "We know that the most risky places for Covid-19 transmission are poorly ventilated, crowded, indoor places," Christina Pagel, a professor at University College London who focuses on research in health policy, told Newsweek. "We also know that singing or shouting is more risky as more virus is emitted with each breath. Thus big concerts, particularly in older venues with poorer ventilation, represent a higher risk for catching something."

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COVID continues to out-kill influenza | bloomberg.com

"The research showed that COVID was “multi systemic” in its effects, whereas flu mostly targeted the respiratory tract" - Epidemiologist Dr Ziyad Al-Aly

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Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2024-05-20/covid-continues-to-out-kill-influenza-prognosis

Covid versus flu Covid deaths peaked at close to 26,000 a week in the US in January 2021. Thankfully, its grim toll has diminished significantly since then. But a year after the pandemic disease lost its emergency status, it continues to kill hundreds of people each week in the US and around the world. Epidemiologist Ziyad Al-Aly began analyzing millions of patient electronic health records four years ago to understand Covid’s effects. I wrote last week about his latest study, published in the journal JAMA. It found that patients hospitalized from October 2023 to March 2024 for Covid had a 35% higher risk of dying within 30 days than those hospitalized for flu. Al-Aly, who was listed this month among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in health in 2024, did the same analysis the previous year and found that Covid posed a 60% higher mortality risk than flu during the 2022-2023 season. Once again, they saw that Covid carried a higher risk of dying than flu. Not only that, Covid also resulted in a greater likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital and of developing complications across all organs except for the pulmonary system, regardless of vaccination status. The research showed that Covid was “multi systemic” in its effects, whereas flu mostly targeted the respiratory tract, Al-Aly told me. “Both produce long-term health effects, but the burden of long-term health effects of Covid is bigger than flu,” he said.
Flu is far from benign. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that it resulted in 100,000-to-710,000 hospitalizations — and between 4,900 and 51,000 deaths in the US annually — since 2010. Even though our immunity to Covid is building, the continued evolution of new virus variants means we still need to take it seriously. It’s not just another type of “cold,” Al-Aly said. “I wish it were true,” he added, “but it is simply not borne out by the data.” — Jason Gale

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🇺🇸US weekly COVID update: 36,000 new cases and sadly 459 deaths.

So far this year, more than 3.2 million COVID cases have been reported in the U.S., causing 282,382 hospitalizations and 28,936 deaths.

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Source: https://x.com/BNOFeed/status/1792696520661459031

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🇪🇸 Spain: A new wave of COVID-19 infections is beginning to be noticed in hospitals in Spain.

"According to data from the Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance System released by the Carlos III Health Institute, hospitalizations due to covid-19 have quadrupled in two weeks, mainly affecting people between 65 and 79 years old."

"In communities like Madrid, infections have skyrocketed in patients aged 60 or over, increasing by 60%."

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Source: https://bilbaohiria.com/en/bizkaia/el-repunte-covid-es-la-variante-omicron/

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(1/3) WHO: Monthly COVID-19 Epidemiological Update - 17 May 2024

Globally, in the last 28-day period from 1 April to 28 April 2024

🔹Reported cases: 145,631 (-48%)

🔹Reported deaths: 2,697 (-44%)

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Source: https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/covid-19-epidemiological-update-edition-167

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(2/3) Globally, from 1 April to 28 April 2024

Out of 234 countries and territories:

🔹92 of 234 reported data on cases (39%)
🔹35 of 234 reported data on deaths (15%)
🔹44 of 234 reported data on hospitalisation (19%)
🔹33 of 234 reported data on ICU (14%)

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(3/3) WHO is currently tracking several SARS-CoV-2 variants, including:

🔹5 variants of interest (VOIs): XBB.1.5, XBB.1.16, EG.5, BA.2.86 and JN.1

🔹Variants under monitoring (VUMs): JN.1.7, JN.1.18, KP.2 and KP.3

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Source: https://who.int/publications/m/item/covid-19-epidemiological-update-edition-167

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🇸🇬"Singapore braces for COVID-19 surge with over 25,900 cases recorded in a week; government urges citizens to wear masks."

#COVID19 #Singapore #PandemicIsNotOver @auscovid19

Source: https://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/singapore-braces-for-covid-19-surge-with-over-25900-cases-recorded-in-a-week-govt-urges-citizens-to-wear-masks/3492837/

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FLiRT-ing with a new COVID-19 wave | Canberra Times

"Our immune memory isn't as fitted to this new variant so it can make us a bit more vulnerable," Professor Bennett said 🤦‍♂️

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Source: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8632649/what-to-know-about-the-new-covid-19-flirt-variant-in-australia

The FLiRT name derives from the technical names of the mutations in the genetic codes of the variants. A winter wave Deakin University's chair of epidemiology, Catherine Bennett said these JN.1 sub-variants have been in Australia since February but were likely to increase into winter. "This looks like the early days of our winter pandemic, it will be driven by these K variants, the FLiRTs," she said. "FliRT variants take up about half of the variants circulating, and if they take off they might push JN.1 into the background." Professor Bennett said the severity of the variants was similar to its parent strain but that disease-impact depended on the individual. "Our immune memory isn't as fitted to this new variant so it can make us a bit more vulnerable." Professor Bennett said while repeat waves of COVID-19 were expected, there would be larger gaps between waves. "With each wave we have seen fewer people unwell with the virus and fewer deaths associated with each wave," she said. How Australians could prepare Professor Bennett said people vulnerable to severe disease or those who have managed to avoid infection should consider if they are eligible again for a booster vaccine. "We are seeing a rise in infections, by June we may well have quite a few cases, and if you get the vaccinations now it prepares you," she said.

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(1/4) NSW respiratory surveillance reports: Week ending 11 May 2024

⚠️COVID-19 has increased to moderate levels⚠️

🔸COVID PCR test positivity rate: 8.3% (+2.9%)

🔹COVID: 2,820 (+40%)
🔹Influenza: 2,016 (+32%)
🔹RSV: 2,510 (+3%)

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Source: https://health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/reports.aspx

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2/4) Pertussis (Whooping cough): Week ending 11 May 2024

🔹The highest rates of pertussis notifications are observed in children 5-14 years

@NSWHealth #Whoopingcough @auscovid19

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(3/4) NSW COVID-19 Whole Genome Sequencing: Week ending 11 May 2024

🔹The proportion of tested samples that are KP.2 and KP.3 continued to increase this week.

🔹The emergence of COVID-19 variants has been associated with new waves of COVID-19 infections.

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(4/4) NSW COVID-19 Sewage: Week ending 11 May 2024

🔹Bondi: ⬆️Up
🔹Hunter: ⬇️Down
🔹Liverpool: ➡️Stable
🔹Quakers Hills: ⬇️Down

Note: Recent high rainfall has caused very high flow rates that are likely to have contributed to the large increase in the calculated gene concentrations over the last 2 weeks.

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