Blog reader Tony emailed in a great observation before, which is that in this giant swamp of people talking about the potential (and extraordinarily rare) side effects of the AstraZeneca jab, it’s worth reminding ourselves what the risks of Covid-19 actually are.
Especially in Australia where we haven’t had a citizen die of Covid-19 in months and months, it can be easy to forget how damaging the disease can actually be.
Here is an article from UK Guardian reporter Sarah Marsh from this week that shows one in three survivors of severe Covid have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Morning coffee game official ruling: ADOPTED
But I should add, I reckon we also sip when the opposition says we are worse off than other countries when it comes to vaccines.
If you are a bit confused this morning over what exactly this new AstraZeneca advisory means or what the actual link to blood clotting is, never fear!
The amazing Melissa Davey has created this brilliant explainer that breaks it all down for you.
Here is just one of the questions she answers:
What is Australia’s new advice on AstraZeneca?
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, which provides independent expert advice to the health minister, recommended adults aged under 50 receive the Pfizer vaccine as a preferred choice over the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This advice was based on a small but potentially increased risk of developing a rare and severe clotting disorder following the AstraZeneca vaccine being administered in those under 50 years.
The benefits of the vaccine still far outweigh the risk for people age 50 and above, given the serious effects – including clotting and death – Covid-19 presents to older adults especially.
Check out the full article below:
Ramadan start date annouced
Australia’s Ramadan will start on Tuesday 13 April 2021 the Australian National Imams Council announced this morning.
Important Islamic calendar dates are based of the new moon, meaning dates are estimated based on when the crescent moon is sighted. But his means there can be variations in dates on a global, regional or local level
Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamad said in a statement the Council are continuing their recent pattern of announcing Islamic calendar dates well in advance to avoid surprise or confusion in the community.
The sun will set on Monday the 12th of April at 5.36pm (Sydney local time) and the moon will appear on the same day after sunset for 17 minutes until 5.53pm where it will disappear thereafter from the horizon.
In the city of Perth, Western Australia, the sun will set on Monday at 5.59pm (Perth local time) and the moon will appear on the same day after sunset for 19 minutes until 6.18pm where it will disappear thereafter from the horizon.
This allows for ample time to sight the moon under normal conditions with the absence of all that hinders the moon from being sighted.
This also means it’s likely the important end of Ramadan celebration, Eid-ul-Fitr, will be most probably celebrated on Thursday 13 May.
The AstraZeneca advisory warning could be reconsidered if Australia experiences a large outbreak, says the co-chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, Prof Allen Cheng.
In a lengthy (and very helpful) Twitter threat last night explaining the ATAGI decision, Cheng said if cases of Covid-19 rose in Australia the risk-benefit balance would change, suggesting the AZ could once again be recommended for people under 50.
An urgent warning has been issued to holiday-makers camping or travelling in caravans in Western Australia’s north as a tropical cyclone looms, AAP reports.
Tropical Cyclone Seroja is tracking southwest at 23km/h and was 525km northwest of Exmouth in the early hours of Friday.
It is expected to make landfall late Sunday or early Monday between Carnarvon and Jurien Bay.
A cyclone advice alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for an area spanning from Onslow to Jurien Bay in the state’s Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West regions.
Acting DFES commissioner Craig Waters said there were many holiday-makers in the area, many of whom would not have experienced a cyclone before.
Recent rainfall and flooding has already battered the northern half of WA during the current cyclone season.
If you’re in a tent or caravan, you are simply not protected against the damaging winds that may hit the region.
Some roads in the area are still undergoing maintenance to repair damage from recent flooding events and Tropical Cyclone Seroja has the potential to cause further damage making roads unpassable for days, if not longer.
The DFES is urging travellers to reconsider their plans and stay up to date with the latest emergency information.
The size of this potential impact area is another reason to be prepared, because you may need to travel some distance before you are out of harm’s way.
A separate tropical low-lying well to the south of Christmas Island could develop cyclone intensity in the coming days as it tracks east.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it is possible the two systems will rotate around each other when they get close enough, an interaction known as the Fujiwhara Effect.
Seroja is expected to bring dangerous weather conditions to the west coast on Sunday or Monday.
The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, has hit back at comments saying the government put all their vaccine eggs in one basket.
He spoke on ABC radio Melbourne. I’m still tracking down the full interview but for now here are some updates from Australian Financial Review reporter Tom Mcllroy.