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DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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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”.

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to H5N1
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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."


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


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

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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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.


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

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to spain
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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%."


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

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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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


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

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to singapore
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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."


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 🤦‍♂️


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.

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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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%)


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

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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.


DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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🇳🇿New Zealand COVID weekly update: 13 May to 19 May

🔹New cases: 6,146 (+56.7%)
🔹Reinfections: 3,916 (63.72%)
🔹Deaths: 19 (+46.1%)
🔹Hospital: 242 (+59.2%)

🔸63.72% were reinfections

NR = Not reported

37 deaths being reported today:

🔸COVID-attributed deaths: 19
🔸Not COVID: 9
🔸Not available: 9

1 was less than 10 years old
1 was in their 30s
1 was in their 40s
1 was in their 50s
5 were in their 60s
6 were in their 70s
15 were in their 80s
7 were aged over 90


Source: https://tewhatuora.govt.nz/for-health-professionals/data-and-statistics/covid-19-data/covid-19-current-cases/


DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities: 9 May 2024

🔹Active cases: 2,595 (+787)
🔹Active outbreaks: 310 (+62)
🔹Residents: 1,798 (+533)
🔹Staff: 797 (+254)
🔹Reported deaths in 2024: 349 (+16)

🔸6,475 aged care COVID deaths since beginning of pandemic

🔸686 reported deaths in 2020
🔸226 reported deaths in 2021
🔸3,855 reported deaths in 2022
🔸1,359 reported deaths in 2023
🔸349 reported deaths in 2024

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Source: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-outbreaks-in-australian-residential-aged-care-facilities-10-may-2024?language=en

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to Tasmania
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ACT weekly COVID update: 3 May to 9 May

🔹PCR cases only: 107 (+57.3%)
🔹Deaths: 0 (+0)
🔹Total deaths: 308 (+0)
🔹Hospital: 22 (+120%)
🔹ICU: 0 (-2)
🔹Vent: 0 (-1)

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Source: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/updates/act-covid-19-statistics

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SA weekly COVID update: 1 May to 7 May 2024

🔹PCR cases only: 1,468 (+47.3%)
🔹Deaths: NR (monthly)
🔹Total deaths: 1,760 (+0)
🔹Hospital: NR

NR = Not Reported

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Source: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Conditions/Infectious+diseases/COVID-19/COVID-19+dashboard

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to Victoria
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By Andrew Hewat @AndrewHewat

Vic COVID data:

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has increased this week.

The 7-day average is 160, compared to 128 last week.

The rise over the last month is rapid.

Wastewater data is 3 weeks old.

No-one could have predicted this, right?


Source: https://twitter.com/AndrewHewat/status/1788722009163300963

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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‘Immunity debt’ is a misguided and dangerous concept.


Source: https://www.ft.com/content/0640004d-cc15-481e-90ce-572328305798

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South Australia: Hospitalisations of SA kids due to a potentially deadly pneumonia respiratory disease has skyrocketed with worrying symptoms. By Shashi Baltutis

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Source: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/hospitalisations-due-to-potentially-deadly-respiratory-disease-have-skyrocketed-in-sa/news-story/06385fed5b937d35823b88c0dac8f9b8

The disease is a common cause of pneumonia with lung inflammation, bronchitis and a sore throat but symptoms in rare severe cases can be life-threatening. Women’s and Children’s Health Network clinical director, division of medicine John Widger said the network would “issue a public health warning if required”. “As always, we continue to monitor all cases of pneumonia,” Mr Widger said. He warned that parents should dial triple-0 if their child requires emergency treatment due to the disease. Among those hospitalised was northern suburbs 13-year-old Josie Manto who was left in severe pain and was seriously sick, 7NEWS reported. “Be careful to stop it spreading because having this reaction was a lot worse than just having a disease,” she said. Mycoplasma is spread when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes which produces small droplets containing the infection and then someone nearby breathes it in. The infection can also spread through contact with hands, tissues and other direct contact with the infected person and develops over a three-week period. Mr Widger said symptoms usually resolve “without any serious complications while cough and weakness may persist for more than a month”. The bug causes between 15 to 50 per cent of pneumonia cases in adults and a higher percentage of illnesses in school aged children. The infection is most common for people aged between five and 20-years-old but can occur at any age.
Professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at UniSA Adrian Esterman said there was “a reasonably simple explanation” for the huge spike in cases. Prof Esterman said the increase in hospitalisations due to the disease may come as a result of relaxed attitudes towards hygiene following the Covid-19 pandemic. “When the pandemic was at its highest, people took precautions,” Prof Esterman said. “They wore face masks and had good hand hygiene and that prevents respiratory illnesses. “Now all of that’s gone.” Prof Esterman said “all of these different pathogens are coming back and whacking us” after a period of caution. Another factor, he said, is that doctors are testing more often for respiratory diseases. The disease itself is not notifiable, so statistics on cases that do not result in hospitalisation are not recorded. “You simply don’t know how many cases there are,” Prof Esterman said. “The actual disease itself is very common and a simple PCR test will show the virus. “For those who get it more severely it can be treated with antibiotics.”

DenisCOVIDinfoguy, to auscovid19
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(1/4) NSW respiratory surveillance reports: Week ending 4 May 2024

⚠️COVID-19 activity low. Influenza activity is low. RSV activity is high⚠️

🔸COVID PCR test positivity rate: 5.4% (-0.9%)

🔹COVID: 2,019 (+34%)
🔹Influenza: 1,526 (+30%)
🔹RSV: 2,429 (-7%)


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


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

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

Note: these graphs have not been updated for the most recent week due to high rainfall impacting the calculation of gene concentration.


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