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COVID-19 is definitely not the flu

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Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

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Locals gathering to object to burning forests, plastic, foils, and tyres for energy at Condong sugar mill

A public protest is taking place this Friday meet near the Condong sugar mill, north of Murwillumbah, at the big fig tree on Tweed Valley Way on Friday, 22 October at 10am to object to the burning of trees and ‘forest waste’ by Cape Byron Power to generate electricity at the Condong sugar mill.

Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

Rotary have partnered with NSW Police to design and distribute 150 umbrellas with a very clear message: 'Say NO to domestic violence'.

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Did we underestimate the health effects of the Black Summer bushfires?

Study reveals the physical and mental impacts of bushfire smoke.

Mandatory vax

I write to you in response to the article on the front page of The Echo relating to mandatory...

A prisoner of hope – healing possible as Country returned

In a recent conversation, with a dear friend, Gumilaroi educator Professor Bob Morgan, my spirit was lifted when he told me that after 50+ years of struggling for justice and equity for First Nations’ people in Australia and overseas that he remains ‘a prisoner of hope’ despite the glacial speed of progress and change.

A still from a 3D simulation of how COVID-19 affects the lungs, created by scientists at George Washington University Hospital www.gwhospital.com/health-alert.

Michael McDonald

People with a COVID-19 infection may have flu-like symptoms but the virus attacks the lungs in an entirely different way. It is important to understand that and not think, ‘Oh, it’s just another flu.’

According to Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care at University College London, COVID-19 is ‘as different from flu as Ebola is from an ingrown toenail’. In a very articulate interview with ABC’s 7.30 on April 5, Professor Montgomery explained that, unlike a pulmonary infection that clogs the air sacs in the lungs, COVID-19 presents as a blood disorder.

Prof Montgomery notes ‘blood essentially is coming into the lung full of carbon dioxide and without much oxygen and it is transiting the lung to the arterial side in exactly the same state that it came in.

‘So a lot of this problem seems to be vascular and indeed when we measure clotting in the blood, it is off-the-scale abnormal.

‘There are things called D-Dimers that break down clots and those would be up a little bit if you had a clot. These are stratospheric levels.’

If that doesn’t make people think twice about taking precautions to protect themselves and avoid giving the virus to others, I don’t know what will.

You can watch the three-minute interview at www.abc.net.au/7.30/intensive-care-specialist-hugh-montgomery/12130856 and also read a transcript.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in...

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

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Outcry over closure sees two Tweed Council libraries reopen their doors

Library branches at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah will reopen for limited hours from today, after Tweed Shire Council agreed to fund the additional cost of administering the NSW Government’s latest public health order.

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Lismore school closed and COVID venues of concern and –...

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

Update 14 October: Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to COVID-19. ‘Students and staff identified as close contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period and follow the NSW...

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Lismore Councillors vote to seek urgent changes to the NSW Government...

Residents in regional areas and local government area representatives, are already straining under what appears to be the Sydney centricity of the NSW Roadmap

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Richmond Tweed libraries only open for Click & Collect until December

All Richmond Tweed Regional Library branches and the Mobile Library will be offering free Click & Collect and online services only from today until December 1.

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COVID Venues of Concern update October 11

October 11 – Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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The say ‘beer’ a lot press conference on NSW opening up

Today the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet hosted a press conference at Watson’s Pub in Sydney's Moore Park. The theme of today's conference was certainly more about business and beer than health and a line-up of business-orientated speakers was clearly emphasising...

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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.