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Dodging a death sentence in south coast isolation

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has described holidaying Canberrans self-isolating at the south coast as “extraordinarily selfish” because of the risk of spreading the virus and a lack of resources there. Columnist  ROBERT MACKLIN, writing from Tuross, begs to differ.

Looking to the bright side of life… sorta, kinda

"Here’s the really big question: who will be first to produce the effective vaccine, once the first version fails to turn the tide? I like to think it will be Queensland Uni combined with Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Does the coronavirus cause lasting damage?

How are the most serious COVID-19 cases treated, and does the coronavirus cause lasting damage? Respiratory specialist PETER WARK explains. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees a serious downside of panic buying.

Is a pay later scheme the answer?

Give people and businesses money now they can pay back later (if and when they can), writes LINDA BOTTERILL, BRUCE CHAPMAN, GLENN WITHERS and WARWICK McKIBBON.

The groundhog grind of po-faced pollies is killing me

Po-faced pollies, the viral bus to Kambah, a wriggling health minister and the Doona Guy of Mitchell, it's all in "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE. 

Stay safe and carry on smiling… toilet paper for all!

I MAY be imagining this, but I think people have taken to smiling more. Maybe it is a way of not letting the threats of the virus get to you, but it is happening.

Closing schools could increase deaths, says academic

Closing schools will impact the ability of society to function and deliver essential and other important services. It may even increase deaths from COVID-19 based on some modelling, writes infectious diseases academic PETER COLLINGNON. 

A guide to the latest coronavirus economic package

PETER WHITEFORD and BRUCE BRADBURY explain what's involved in the second coronavirus economic package. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees some downsides of working from home.

Virus crisis / Government is failing us in real time

JAMES ANDERSON is the managing director of Macquarie Publishing, the publisher of "CityNews" and citynews.com.au. As a business leader he is mightily frustrated by the lack of clarity and co-ordination from our political leaders.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

PAUL DORIN takes his cartoonist's eye to social distancing.

Six strategies to juggle work and young kids at home

RUCHI SINHA shares some strategies on how parents can survive if they're working from home and juggling young kids during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sneaky planning moves while we stress about virus emergency

"During this crisis, maybe our local members could regain some trust, honour the values we expect of them and step forward to do all they can to stop such planning stupidity," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has found something to do with those excessive toilet rolls!

‘Don’t call me Covid, it sounds so clinical!’

We managed to slow down COVID-19 long enough to get up close and personal. Not really, but it's "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN looks to the stars...

Coronavirus… infection facts at a glance

Coronavirus... infection facts at a glance

Right now, I feel our kids are safe at school

"While the advice is that school is as safe a place as any, I want my kids to keep their routine and learning… keep calm and carry on, that sort of thing," writes columnist KATE MEIKLE.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has been to the supermarket...

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