Infectious Diseases Blog

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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

 

At last, health, aged care and quarantine workers get the right masks to protect against airborne coronavirus

Shutterstock C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Benjamin Veness, CQUniversity Australia, and Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Monash University Almost a year ago, in July 2020,… more

Four cases in Melbourne’s north as vaccine push rolls on but what if I’ve already been recently exposed?

AAP Image/ LUIS ASCUI C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW News of four new positive cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has prompted renewed discussion… more

COVID is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country. Why?

Houses in the city of Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. Shutterstock C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW The small archipelago nation of Seychelles, northeast of… more

The pressure is on for Australia to accept the coronavirus really can spread in the air we breathe

The pressure is on for Australia to accept the coronavirus really can spread in the air we breathe from www.shutterstock.com C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW More… more

The 2020 Diana Temple Memorial Lecture given by raina macintyre

The following is the text of the 2020 Diana Temple Memorial Lecture given by Professor Raina MacIntyre on Nov 11 2020.    I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Gadigal people of the… more

Australian vaccine rollout needs all hands on deck after the latest AstraZeneca news, mass vaccination hubs included

from www.shutterstock.com Mark Hanly, UNSW; C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Ian Caterson, University of Sydney; Louisa Jorm, UNSW; Oisin Fitzgerald, UNSW, and Timothy… more

Australia must vaccinate 200,000 adults a day to meet October target: new modelling

Mark Hanly, UNSW; C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW; Louisa Jorm, UNSW; Oisin Fitzgerald, UNSW, and Timothy Churches, UNSW If R nought was the number on your lips last year, then the statistic du jour this… more

Exponential growth in COVID cases would overwhelm any state's contact tracing. Australia needs an automated system

C Raina MacIntyre, UNSW The people at highest risk of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are close contacts of infected cases. So tracking these close contacts, and… more

Reflections on pivoting our vaccine strategy

Reflections on pivoting our vaccine strategy By A/Prof Michelle Ananda-Rajah MBBS (HONS) FRACP PhD, Consultant Physician Infectious Diseases & General Medicine, Melbourne, Monash University; 15… more