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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Strange strategy

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The recent Echo article ‘How reliable are PCR tests?’ (8 September) on PCR tests for COVID-19 that refutes the proliferating doubts on social media regarding their accuracy is to be praised in its intention of countering misinformation – so easily propagated in our virtually warming climate of swarming memes.

However, the authors used examples employing electrophoresis gels to detect PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification products (‘traditional PCR’) from samples containing the SARS-Cov2 virus. Yet, these are not used as a detection method in any Australian approved/certified nucleic acid-based commercial PCR test for COVID-19.

Such approved tests (called real-time reverse transcriptase PCR or RT-PCR) do indeed depend on PCR reactions, but amplified viral gene signals are detected as the amplification occurs, not after it, as in the bands of the article’s gel-based method, by using a fluorescent dye which binds to amplified DNA or is incorporated into such DNA during the reaction.

The Cosmos article reproduced may have used the gel-assessed PCR and images to simplify PCR results for public consumption, but does not convey appreciation of state-of-the-art technology actually used in PCR testing for SARS-Cov2.

John Fuerst, Emeritus Professor, Byron Bay

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.