• What are T cells and how do they help immunity?

    T cells might play a crucial role in COVID-19 vaccines efficacy against variants.

    COVID-19 vaccines currently rolled out worldwide induce a potent antibody response, protecting vaccinated people agai...

    Biology June 17, 2021
  • Novavax announces high efficacy in phase 3 trials

    How is it different from other vaccines and what does it mean for Australia?

    American biotech company Novavax announced yesterday that their COVID-19 vaccine PREVENT-19 demonstrated 90% overall ...

    COVID June 15, 2021
  • How far can SARS-CoV-2 travel into the airways?

    A mathematical model shows it reaches deep into our lungs, and more to the right than the left.

    SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by aerosols – tiny particles delivered through coughing, sneezing and talking that remain s...

    COVID June 15, 2021
  • COVID Booster: Delta, drinking and diet

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Pfizer vaccine looks to be somewhat effective against Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant A study on blood serum has found th...

    COVID June 12, 2021
  • Surviving aged care in a pandemic

    With the Melbourne lockdown set to lift, many questions remain around vaccine rollout in aged care.

    On 27 May Victoria entered its fourth lockdown after yet another COVID-19 quarantine breach. A few days into the lock...

    COVID June 10, 2021
  • Conversation

    What's the Delta COVID variant found in Melbourne?

    Is it more infectious and does it spread more in kids? A virologist explains.

    By Kirsty Short Victoria’s current COVID outbreak took another turn last week when a new variant was discovered by...

    COVID June 8, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    The vaccine should be free in India, argue experts While the COVID-19 crisis rages in India, only 3% of the countr...

    COVID June 5, 2021
  • New variants on the rise

    Fast emerging and spreading of potentially more dangerous SARS-CoV2 variants keep threatening the...

    In the past few days, two main variants first identified in India have crowded Australian newspapers' headlines. Thes...

    COVID June 4, 2021
  • Vitamin D does not prevent COVID-19

    No evidence that the vitamin shields against SARS-CoV-2.

    Canadian researchers investigating a potential link between vitamin D and COVID-19 have found no evidence that the vi...

    Body and Mind June 2, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: COVID-19 vaccine dosage

    Are you “fully” vaccinated after a single dose?

    As it stands, over 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Australia. This doesn’t mean 4 milli...

    Biology May 31, 2021
  • COVID Booster: loneliness, supertasters and safe concerts

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Turn up the volume to combat loneliness As Melbourne goes into another seven days of lockdown, it’s likely that th...

    COVID May 29, 2021
  • Could a nasal spray protect you from COVID-19?

    Heparin might work as a short-term protective shield against COVID-19 when squirted up the nose b...

    Researchers from the University of Melbourne have observed that spraying heparin on epithelial cells stops SARS-CoV-2...

    Australia May 25, 2021
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