2 June 2020

Domestic violence specialists report increased demand during COVID-19

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  • Afternoon update: Specialists in domestic violence report an increase in demand during COVID-19.
  • Morning update: kids on immunosuppressive therapy also only get mild COVID-19, clinical trial of IV immunoglobulin approved in US.
  • Today’s updated COVID-19 infection figures for Australia

4.15pm, 2 June

  • Specialists working in domestic violence have reported a significant increase in their caseload during the COVID-19 pandemic; both from an increase in new clients and an increase in the needs of existing clients.
    A survey of 53 specialists in NSW, by the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education and Women’s Safety NSW, found nearly half reported increased demand for their services, and half also reported an increase in the role of alcohol use in domestic violence.

11.30am, 2 June

  • Even children on long-term immunosuppressive therapy appear to have a mild course of disease with COVID-19 infection, according to a small cohort study published in The Lancet: Child & Adolescent Health.
    The study involved 18 children from 16 paediatric nephrology centres across Europe, who were on immunosuppressive medication such as glucocorticoids, tacrolimus and mycophenolate for kidney disease and transplantation and who were diagnosed with COVID-19.
    Most presented with fever or cough, only one child needed high-flow nasal cannula oxygen while more than 80% were fine without any oxygen support. Eleven were admitted to hospital but none ended up in intensive care.
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 clinical trial of intravenous human immunoglobulin to treat severe COVID-19. The product – Octagam – is already used to treat chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura, but earlier case reports suggest it could help with COVID-19.

9.35am, 2 June

  • No big jumps in infections in the 24 hours to 9pm yesterday, thankfully. Here are the latest confirmed COVID-19 infection rates from around Australia:
    National – 7204, with 103 deaths and 6619 recovered
    ACT – 107
    NSW – 3098
    NT – 29
    QLD – 1058
    SA – 440
    TAS – 228
    VIC – 1653
    WA – 591


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