Medical News: “We need to look at all of these data points”

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Medical News today: “It is absolutely crucial that we look at data from a range of sources.” 

 “I’m absolutely convinced that the best information we have right now is what the data actually show,” Dr Peter D’Alessandro, senior lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Sydney, told Medical News Australia.

“It’s important we get all the data.

We need to understand where the problem is and what the pathways are that are going to lead to it.”

Dr D’Apolo said he hoped the findings could be “part of the puzzle” in understanding why so many people are dying of COVID-19 in Australia.

“If you look at the population we are talking about, we have almost a million people who are infected, and most of them have symptoms of COVI,” he said.

“I think we need to think about what are the underlying pathways that are making people sick and not just looking at symptoms.”

We need an understanding of how people are getting their infection, how they are contracting the virus, what are their underlying pathways, so we can make interventions to prevent it.

“‘We’re still at the beginning’ The findings have also been welcomed by the Australian Medical Association (AMA).”

This is a critical step in understanding the mechanisms and pathways involved in COVID,” AMA president Dr Peter Wright said.

The AMA’s research has already identified three key factors that could be at play in explaining why people are becoming infected with COVID:1) people have higher rates of infection in rural areas2) people living in remote areas3) low-income households are less likely to be vaccinated1. “

We are still at a very early stage in understanding this outbreak and we are not yet seeing the symptoms that we expect to see,” he told AAP.

The AMA’s research has already identified three key factors that could be at play in explaining why people are becoming infected with COVID:1) people have higher rates of infection in rural areas2) people living in remote areas3) low-income households are less likely to be vaccinated1.

The AMA has been conducting epidemiological research on COVID in Australia since 2013, when it conducted its first nationwide survey of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country. 

The AMA surveyed 1,721 people aged 18 and over in all 50 states and territories.

While the findings were preliminary, the results were broadly in line with the results of previous surveys, including the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS).

“What we’re seeing is a clear increase in the number of people living with high-risk infections and high-infection rates,” Dr Wright said in a statement.

“There’s a strong correlation between infection rates and the number and type of coronivirus cases.”2.

People living in rural Australia, with fewer access to health services, have been found to have lower rates of COV-19 than those living in urban areas.3.

People who live in low-cost, remote areas, are less exposed to health care, and are more likely to not be vaccinated.

“The combination of the factors we’ve identified, combined with a very high rate of infection and a very low vaccination rate, is not good news for people living and working in remote and rural areas,” Dr Dampier said.

Dr Dampiness said it was “absolutely vital” that researchers were “looking at all the different ways that we can improve our response to COVID”.

“We’re seeing more and more cases in these areas,” he added.

“People are getting the wrong advice, and there’s not enough research into the factors that are working to help us control this outbreak.”

“We’ll be looking at a range.

We’ve got to understand the pathways and how they can be improved, and that’s where we’re at right now.”

Dr D’ Apolo, who has been studying the role of infectious disease in Australia for more than 20 years, said he was pleased to have found a “clear” link between COVID and poor health outcomes.

“This shows that we’re still in the early stages of understanding how the virus works and how to protect ourselves from this coronaviruses impact,” he wrote.

He said that while there was still “an ongoing conversation” about how to tackle the virus in Australia, the AMA was looking to increase its engagement with community groups and other organisations.

“[The AMA] wants to be part of that conversation, and this work is a really important one for us,” he concluded.

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