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Could I have had COVID and not known?

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A month or so ago there was a meme doing the rounds with a picture of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. Poised at her trusty laptop, her thought bubble read: “With everyone around me catching it, I couldn’t help but wonder … am I avoiding COVID or is COVID avoiding me?”

The joke rings true for many of us who’ve managed to dodge SARS-CoV-2 infection so far. Maybe we’re feeling physically fatigued, mentally foggy or a bit over it all. Understandable, given the last two years. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered whether it could be long COVID, brought about by a previous infection I didn’t know I had.

As Australian National University expert and hospital physician Ashwin Swaminathan explains, an antibody test could check the proteins in our blood to indicate whether we’ve had an immune response to infection, vaccination or both. Large scale blood surveys will soon give us a truer sense of COVID’s community spread. But individual results need careful interpretation, and it might not make a huge difference to our lives anyway.

Could I have had COVID and not known? 1

Lucy Beaumont

Senior Deputy Section Editor: Health

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Could I have had COVID and not realised it?

Ashwin Swaminathan, Australian National University

It feels like everyone around you has or is recovering from COVID. Maybe you’re fatigued and wondering if it’s an after-effect? Antibody tests could confirm it one way or another.

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Liberals’ brutal loss in South Australia reflects the fragmented politics of the centre-right

Rob Manwaring, Flinders University

Labor’s strong win was a result of a clever campaign, but also, more broadly, the fracturing of centre-right politics in Australia.

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View from The Hill: SA result is morale boost for Albanese, but he’s struggling with Kitching allegations

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Move over Mark McGowan and make some space for South Australia’s Peter Malinauskas on Scott Morrison’s recently-installed couch of Labor “besties”.

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The West owes Ukraine much more than just arms and admiration

Matthew Sussex, Australian National University

The West bears part of the blame for Ukraine’s suffering. The least it can do is to rebuild the country, ensure a pathway to EU membership and provide a future guarantee of security.

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The Putin problem: is there ever a case to kill tyrants?

Shannon Brincat, University of the Sunshine Coast

An international relations scholar traces the debate about tyrannicide from the ancient world to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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View from The Hill: Labor’s treatment of Kimberley Kitching – ‘tough politics’ or ‘bullying’?

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Whether the late senator’s treatment was unfairly harsh or part of the tough business of politics depends on who you ask – and in public life, the line between the two can be very fine indeed.

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If only politicians focused on the school issues that matter. This election is a chance to get them to do that

Naomi Barnes, Queensland University of Technology; Keith Heggart, University of Technology Sydney; Steven Kolber, Deakin University

Election time presents teachers, parents and citizens with an opportunity to put pressure on local candidates and demand courageous policy that will improve education in ways the community needs.

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Energy bills are spiking after the Russian invasion. We should have doubled-down on renewables years ago

Tim Nelson, Griffith University; Joel Gilmore, Griffith University

Australia might be a long way away, but fossil fuel price spikes triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine are hitting households hard. We could have avoided this pain.

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Building the Ventilation Revolution would clear indoor air, helping our kids and older Australians breathe easier

Geoff Hanmer, University of Technology Sydney

$13 billion would buy us safe air in schools and aged care facilities. It would give the same sort of benefits as safe water.

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