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Honesty About Covid is Essential for Progress


Governments and certain key opinion formers aren’t being open and honest about the risks associated with COVID-19 and their actions will have long-term consequences for public health and trust in science.

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The Greatest Trick


Most governments are trying to trick us into believing we don't need to adapt to COVID-19. They can't sustain the illusion forever.

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Long Covid is one of the world’s biggest challenges


A new Science perspective by Ziyad Al-Aly and Eric Topol adds to the calls for governments to take action to meet the challenges posed by Long Covid.

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John Snow Project in Review


Before getting into what the John Snow Project achieved in 2022 and 2023, we’d like to look at the first two weeks of 2024.

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COVID-19 is not "just the flu"


New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System shows that COVID-19 is significantly more harmful than flu and that most of the harms of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza come after the acute phase of the illness has passed.

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“No one I know has Long Covid”


If you know nine people, you know someone who has had Long Covid - according to the latest data from Canada.

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What To Do When You Spot Official Misinformation


Most developed democracies have processes to safeguard their citizens against official abuses of power.

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Is the Vaccine-Only Strategy Sustainable?


Two recent studies cast doubt on the long-term sustainability of a vaccine-only approach to SARS-CoV-2.

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International Guidance on Preventing Long Covid


Governments around the world are recommending avoiding Long Covid by preventing COVID-19 infections.

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US National Institutes of Health Updated Guidelines on Long Covid in Children


Government agency advises clinicians that Covid is causing heart, lung and brain damage.

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US Department of Health and Human Services Advice on Avoiding Long Covid


Official public health advice is to avoid covid by wearing N95 respirators

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World Health Organization Advice to Protect Against Long Covid


The World Health Organization has joined the US CDC and HHS in providing new guidance on the ongoing public health threat posed by Long Covid.

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US National Institutes of Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Long Covid After Reinfection


Study shows risk of Long Covid is very common after Omicron reinfection, but is anyone listening?

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US Department of Health and Human Services advises on risk of COVID-19 reinfection


On 19 May 2023, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advised, “Repeat COVID infections increase your risk for both hospitalization and Long COVID.”

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What drove the large RSV wave in 2022?


Talk to any parent and they will often remark that their children have been ill quite a lot in the past 12 to 18 months.

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New CDC Standards of Air Hygiene


Last week, the US Center For Disease Control (CDC) announced changes to its guidelines for parents, carers, schools and Early Care and Education programs.

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SARS-CoV-2 and "Textbook" Immunity


The term ‘textbook’ should not be comforting. Textbooks tell us we can expect SARS-CoV-2 to have a detrimental impact on human health and life expectancy if it is allowed to continue to spread and reinfect the population.

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