/ 18 January 2022

Predicting Omicron’s peak

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Could the worst of Omicron be behind us? That’s the $64 million question right now… Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said there are signs that cases of the pesky variant are peaking in NSW and the ACT. And Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says while daily cases may have peaked, the hospitalisation surge is still to come. As that unfolds, getting hold of a rapid test is still a thing. The consumer regulator has warned retailers selling tests for more than $20 that they must “urgently explain” the inflated price tag as part of the ACCC’s crackdown on those seeking to take advantage of the shortage. And if you can manage to catch an elusive RAT at a pharmacy or online, Australia’s most reliable tests have been revealed. The medicines regulator has labelled tests from “highly sensitive” (which means it’s 90% accurate, not that will take offence easily…) to “acceptable” (which is 80% accurate). If you’re keen for a squiz, here’s the list

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