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In outbreaks and other situations, there is a need for reliable rapid communications and for the ability to tap into relevant expertise. This need is not well served by peer-reviewed publications because of the slow turn-around time. At UNSW, we are well placed to provide such a service, as infectious diseases epidemiology is a major area of research strength. We teach major courses and degrees in infectious diseases, and are involved in leading international research in this field. I have started this blog for rapid, topical information on infectious diseases, with a focus on outbreaks, emerging infections, epidemiology, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. I am committed to responsible blogging, which means all posts are by people qualified to write about the particular topic, or that blogs will be reviewed by relevant experts where required. All contributions are welcome, and will be reviewed/moderated. Comments on blogs are moderated.

Professor Raina MacIntyre

 

Victorians, and anyone else at risk, should now be wearing face masks. Here's how to make one

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Kerryn Phelps, Western Sydney University; Lisa Maher, UNSW, and Shovon Bhattacharjee, UNSW After early success in suppressing COVID-19, we are facing a resurgence in… more

As restrictions ease, here are 5 crucial ways for Australia to stay safely on top of COVID-19

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW As Australia’s coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted, we may well see an upswing in cases of COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has warned of the need for “… more

The calm before the storm - a doctor speaks

  Anonymous, March 31 2020   I vomited when I saw the images coming out of Bergamo. Doctors in Italy, looking into our future, pleaded with us not to let this calamity happen in Australia. That… more

To get on top of the coronavirus, we also need to test people without symptoms

To get on top of the coronavirus, we also need to test people without symptoms C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW As the World Health Organisation keeps reminding health officials around the world, in order… more

Regaining control: the case for a short, sharp lockdown (rather than the slow trickle we've had so far)

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Louisa Jorm, UNSW; Richard Nunes-Vaz, Flinders University, and Timothy Churches, UNSW Editor’s note: this is an edited version of a paper written in late March to outline… more

Busting the myths about COVID-19 herd immunity, children and Lives vs Jobs

Raina MacIntyre March 28th 2020 We are in the midst of a pandemic, the likes of which has not been seen since 1918-19. A recurring narrative to justify the softly, softly approach to control of… more

The impact of PPE shortages on health workers during the COVID19 pandemic

Raina MacIntyre March 24th 2020   While the economic toll of COVID-19 hits worldwide and people face joblessness, a common narrative poses public health disease control and the economy as… more

The fine line between panic and planning – what Australians need to know to plan ahead

The fine line between panic and planning – what Australians need to know to plan ahead March 21 2020 Raina MacIntyre Epidemics are acute events that increase in size exponentially, usually over… more

The 'dreaded duo': Australia will likely hit a peak in coronavirus cases around flu season

The 'dreaded duo': Australia will likely hit a peak in coronavirus cases around flu season Shutterstock C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW The prime minister earlier… more