Also in Australia, scientists are examining the sewage waste in a town in Queensland where a 30-year-old man died this week from the virus. Nathan Turner is the youngest victim in the country so far and the case has baffled experts because he had not left the remote town of Blackwater. … [Read more...] about Global report: new clues about how coronavirus formed as US severs ties with WHO
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How worried should we be in Australia about asymptomatic spread? It is reassuring that the people who are asymptomatic and have the virus don’t seem to get worse, said Prof Bruce Thompson, dean of the school of health sciences at Swinburne University. Less severe disease and therefore less coughing and vomiting meant there was less opportunity for it to contaminate surfaces and infect people. “We haven’t seen deaths in the population of people who were positive but asymptomatic,” he said. “They also didn’t transmit or shed the virus for as long and finally, recovered quicker. This research highlights the importance of continuing to do more testing.” … [Read more...] about Asymptomatic coronavirus: how common is it and can its spread be contained?
Gayle Smith, who lived down the road from the home and babysat the two boys when they were younger, told Daily Mail Australia: "I think he might've just been too ashamed to admit he couldn't look after them anymore." … [Read more...] about Starving nappy-wearing teens found locked in room as dad’s corpse rots nearby in ‘putrid’ chicken-infested home
When the whistle blew and rugby league was officially back in business, there was only one referee. It was a point of significant contention when the NRL made the call to scrap the two-referee system midway through the season. Just one game in, it is too early to make any definitive judgments but the game flowed like it rarely has in recent years. … [Read more...] about No fans no problem: NRL delivers in spades on return to biggest of all stages
One of the many celebrities who lined up to farewell Alan Jones this week had some people scratching their heads. Why would tennis great Roger Federer record a personal video message for a shock jock who has a shameful history of verbal abuse of women in power and of vilifying Lebanese Muslims? … [Read more...] about The final farewell: Alan Jones signs off with climate change apology amid plaudits from celebrities