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Tag: SARS-CoV-2

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Should we be worried about our pet cats and dogs getting COVID?

Image: Imra the German Shorthaired Pointer The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID, originated from bats and then, probably after passing through an intermediary host, gained the...

Why are there so many new Omicron sub-variants, like BA.4 and BA.5? Will I be reinfected? Is the virus mutating faster?

Image: Shutterstock By now, many of us will be familiar with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. This variant of concern has changed...

Could I have had COVID and not realised it?

Image: Unsplash It seems not a day goes by without learning someone in our inner circle of family, friends and colleagues has COVID. When we...

Here’s why you might need a 4th COVID vaccine dose this winter

Image: Achmad Ibrahim/AP/AAP When I began drafting this article, COVID cases in Australia were coming down and the situation was stabilising. New research released in February...

Taking COVID pills at home sounds great. But we need to use them wisely or risk drug resistance and new variants

Image: Shutterstock GPs can now prescribe antiviral pills for some of their vulnerable COVID-19 patients to take at home. More patients are expected to have access in coming weeks and...

15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in the freezer to sampling snot

Image: Shutterstock Many of us have taken a rapid antigen test (RAT) or have administered them to our school-aged children. But how many of us are...