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New low-cost test can diagnose Covid-19 in just 20 minutes

MELBOURNE Scientists have developed a new low-cost nasal swab test which can accurately diagnose the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 in just 20 minutes. The findings, published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, show the test called N1-STOP-LAMP, is 100 per cent accurate in diagnosing samples containing SARS-CoV-2 at high loads. The rapid […]

2 in 5 schools around the world lacked basic handwashing facilities prior to COVID-19

As schools worldwide struggle with reopening,the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reveal that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019 – a key condition for schools to be able to operate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

COVID-19 Emergency Committee highlights need for response efforts over long term

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July. In its statement following the meeting, published today, it expressed “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the […]

Myth Busters

Studies show hydroxychloroquine does not have clinical benefits in treating COVID-19. People should NOT wear masks while exercising. The likelihood of shoes spreading COVID-19 is very low. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus, NOT by bacteria. The prolonged use of medical masks* when properly worn, DOES NOT cause CO2 intoxication nor oxygen […]

Healthy at Home – Mental Health

As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends […]

Healthy at Home – Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood […]

Healthy at Home – Physical Activity

The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and sitting down more than we usually do. It’s hard for a lot of us to do the sort of exercise we normally do. It’s even harder for people who don’t usually do a lot of physical exercise. But at a time like […]

Economic Injury Disaster Loan – (New York)

The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to applicants experiencing a temporary loss of income due to COVID-19. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that are unable to be paid due to COVID-19. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations. […]

Paycheck Protection Program – (New York)

The loans offer up to $10 million in assistance per applicant; loan amounts are determined by incurred payroll costs. Can be used for: payroll costs, group health care benefits, salaries and commissions, interest on mortgage loans, rent, utilities, and interest on other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020. The maximum interest rate is 4% […]

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

• Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and protecting vulnerable students and staff, to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. • Guidance for childcare programs and schools is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when […]

Get Ready for COVID-19

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Stock up on […]

Travel guidance

On March 19, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory urging Americans to avoid all international travel. Information for undergraduate students All university-sponsored or organized undergraduate student travel (including travel sponsored or organized by student organizations, regardless of funding source) is suspended. Information for faculty, staff, graduate students, and trainees All nonessential […]

Preventing the spread of illness

Your health and the health of our community is our primary concern. Employees should follow the university sick leave policy and notify your manager if you are sick. Students who are feeling ill are asked to call the health center or health services, Anyone who has illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels and/or contacts—is […]