Primers

News, digests and policy

Honesty About Covid is Essential for Progress

14/05/2024

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

30/03/2024

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

22/02/2024

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

26/01/2024

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"

14/12/2023

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”

13/12/2023

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

08/12/2023

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

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Is the Vaccine-Only Strategy Sustainable?

22/08/2023

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

07/08/2023

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

23/07/2023

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

16/07/2023

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

03/06/2023

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

01/06/2023

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

20/05/2023

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?

18/05/2023

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

16/05/2023

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

06/05/2023

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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