The end of 2021 was meant to herald the arrival of Australia’s “hot vaxxed summer”. Despite concerns over a slow start, vaccination rates were high, marathon lockdowns had ended, and international border closures — the country’s first line of defence against COVID-19 — had finally started to lift after nearly two years.
Category Archives: medical puzzles
As a doctor and cardiologist, I see heart attacks and death on a daily basis and after a while one gets used to it and it feels like nothing can shock anymore. However, i was completely shocked yesterday when i heard about Shane Warne’s death from a suspected heart attack. Firstly he was only 52. Secondly he was a world class athlete only a few years ago. Thirdly from the news it seems that he was completely fine in the days beforehand and had lots of plans and aspirations and then out of the blue we hear that his amazing life had just come to such a brutal and sudden end without even an inkling of a warning.
Maani Truu, in ABC News, 29 January 2022, where the title runs thus: “After the peak: What’s in store for Australia now that the Omicron wave has turned?“
Maani Truu, in ABC Net, 17 January 2022, where the title reads “Can you catch COVID twice? Or does it give you greater immunity?”
Central Coast resident Mitch Rogers has just come out of two weeks of complete isolation, which he says was “pretty tough”. After contracting COVID early this year, the 32-year-old, who lives by himself, retreated to his Umina Beach home to ride out the symptoms. They ended up taking 14 days to subside, double the mandated seven-day isolation period.
More and more Australians have now had COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean they’ll never catch it again. (Pexels: Pixabay) Continue reading
A Tale now Etched within the latest Newsletter of the Australia-Sri Lanka Association of Adelaide edited by Moira Djukanovic
A Recent Email Drum-beat touted a supposed wonder drug in the treament of cancer! ….. But the Essay meets Its Match in Two Caustic Comments from Two Sri Lankan Doctor Friends
ONE: Dr Colin Fernando in Adelaide, 4 November 2012
This is certainly not a brilliant new discovery. The use of cyanide from Apricot Kernel and from Manioc as a treatment for cancer has been touted since the 1950’s at least. It was patented as “Laetrile” and has been carefully studied and rejected by respected researchers.
Kiributh with lunumiris — as tasty as non-curative! Continue reading
It was the first country to vaccinate, the first to reopen, then the first to widely implement a booster shot. Now Israel is returning to life close to normal only six weeks after the peak of its worst COVID-19 wave yet. In mid-September, new infections of the Delta variant had surpassed 10,000 per day and hospitals were groaning under the pressure. But today, its restaurants are bustling, cinemas and theatres are packed, university lecture halls are full and the major airport is heaving.
Deaths and new infections have plummeted to the single and triple digits, and the country will be welcoming overseas tourists from November 1.
Editorial Cartoon in The Australian, 9 Septmber 2021