Living with Covid-19 in 2022 involves moving from ‘crisis’ to ‘business as usual’. OLIVIA LOUKAS reflects on those aspects of 2021 Covid-19 management that need to improve to secure this transition.
Below are our sources for this article by Olivia, published separately on our website and in our newsletter today.
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We said: “While 5.2 per cent live in aged care accommodation including nursing homes, that means 94.8 per cent do not.”
To find out more, go to:
The Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2016). 4430.0 – Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015. Australian Bureau of Statistics. https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4430.0main+features302015#:~:text=Population%20characteristics,all%20older%20people%20lived%20alone
And for more on that discussion, go to:
Ho FK, Petermann-Rocha F, Gray SR, Jani BD, Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz CL, et al. (2020) Is older age associated with COVID-19 mortality in the absence of other risk factors? General population cohort study of 470,034 participants. PLoS ONE 15(11): e0241824. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241824
For the University of Hong Kong research on Omicron’s faster replication rate, go to:
HKUMed. (2021, December 15). HKUMed finds Omicron SARS-CoV-2 can infect faster and better than Delta in human bronchus but with less severe infection in lung. HKUMed. Retrieved February 09, 2022 from https://www.med.hku.hk/en/news/press/20211215-omicron-sars-cov-2-infection
For more on the lower rates of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant, go to:
Tapper, J. (2022, January 2). New studies reinforce belief that Omicron is less likely to damage lungs. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/02/new-studies-reinforce-belief-that-omicron-is-less-likely-to-damage-lungs
Note: the journal quoted in this article is yet to be peer-reviewed. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (2022). In the Journals: Comparison of Omicron Vs. Delta Clinical Outcomes | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. https://www.chop.edu/news/journals-comparison-omicron-vs-delta-clinical-outcomes
To reach Healthdirect’s symptom checker, go to:
Healthdirect Australia. (2020). Healthdirect Symptom Checker | healthdirect. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details
For more on nonsense language translations, go to:
Dalzell, S. (2020, August 12). ‘Nonsense’ translations of coronavirus messages distributed by governments. ABC News. Retrieved February 03, 2022 from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-13/coronavirus-messages-translated-to-nonsense-in-other-languages/12550520
To read about the risks of English only instructions:
Maloney, R., Darling, A., & Allison, C. (2022, January 04). English-only instructions in rapid antigen tests leave multicultural communities behind. ABC News. Retrieved February 04, 2022 from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-05/rapid-antigen-test-instructions-for-multicultural-communities/100737424
And on the volunteers filling the gaps, go to:
Bali, M. (2021). Volunteers translating critical health messages say they’re filling a gap left by the NSW government. Triple j. https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/volunteers-deliver-critical-health-messages-south-west-sydney/13442730
For more on NSW online translations, go to:
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. (n.d.). Translated information about COVID-19. MHCS. Retrieved March 01, 2022 from https://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/publications/translated-information-about-covid-19?collectionfilter=1
And to see the discussion on under-resourced and overworked aged care workers, go to:
Pagone, T. & Briggs, L. (2020, October 1). Aged care and COVID-19: A special report. [PDF]. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-12/aged-care-and-covid-19-a-special-report.pdf
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