• Is the lockdown doing more harm than good?

    Ramesh Thakur     |      May 9, 2020

    It’s better to control the timing, sequence and pace at which restrictions are eased, with built-in flexibility to bring some back should infection numbers shoot up again, than to lose control of the agenda.

  • Working out how to fight COVID together

    Open Forum     |      May 5, 2020

    Social and behavioural sciences can help us get the most out of the COVID-19 regulations, according to Aussie and international researchers who have listed some recommendations for different stages of the pandemic.

  • Give Victorians the facts on the abattoir outbreak

    Clare Tanner     |      May 4, 2020

    The Victorian government’s refusal to name the meat-packing plant at the centre of a COVID-19 hotspot places the public at risk, and threatens to erode the mutual trust required to fight the pandemic together.

  • Balancing the lives we save and lose through lockdown

    Gigi Foster     |      May 2, 2020

    The unprecedented social and economic lockdown has prevented many deaths from coronavirus, but this is at the cost of other lives, as well as national and individual livelihoods, and the accounting behind the calculation needs to be made clear.

  • Behavioural economics can boost the government’s COVID app

    Richard Holden     |      April 27, 2020

    The government’s new COVID tracing app may need 80% of us to use it to work properly and help lift the restrictions. Unless it is made mandatory, private and social incentives may be required to encourage public adoption.

  • New QUT model offers a glimmer of hope

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2020

    Covidwave.org, a new, more accurate pandemic predictor devised at QUT, suggests the worst of the crisis has passed in Australia, but that there will be many more deaths elsewhere.

  • Journal of the plague year

    Claudia Hooper     |      April 26, 2020

    Universities around the world are collaborating to crowd-source coronavirus accounts and create an archive of the COVID-19 epidemic for future historians to study.

  • Is mechanical ventilation exacerbating the COVID-19 death toll?

    Angelo Morella     |      April 24, 2020

    Health services around the world have scrambled to amass more mechanical ventilators to help the patients most adversely affected by COVID-19, but the use of these machines involves risks of its own, and careful management and nursing.

  • Staying the course

    Michael Lydeamore     |      April 24, 2020

    There are increasing calls to relax the economic and social restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the numbers say we must stay the course, or risk undoing everything we’ve so far achieved in protecting lives and the health system.

  • Alone together

    Jessica Nelson     |      April 21, 2020

    Do you have a housemate who’s refusing to keep their social distance to help fight COVID-19? Here’s how a mental health expert suggests you respond to defuse the situation while keeping everyone safe.  

  • COVID-19 will shape a better response to future pandemics

    Lucio Blanco Pitlo III     |      April 15, 2020

    Entering its fourth month, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc worldwide and challenge earlier notions of how best to respond to epidemics. Its geographic scope, high infection and casualty toll and severe economic effect raise the bar for responses to future pandemics.

  • A long term crisis needs long term solutions

    Tom Uren     |      April 14, 2020

    The government should immediately create a Covid-19 funding body with a mandate to identify critical capacity and capability shortfalls and to encourage, lead and drive solutions to tackle the unfolding health crisis.