Scientist Brendan Crabb caught COVID by breaking his own rule. This is how he avoided it


When Brendan Crabb finally caught COVID for the first time late last year, it was because he’d broken his own rule — he took a risk he says he shouldn’t have. Since 2020 Professor Crabb, director and chief executive of the Burnet Institute, had been sticking to a rigorous anti-COVID routine, effectively using layers of protections to avoid getting the virus.

And then in a moment of lapsed judgement, he joined a crowd of hundreds of people at an awards event in a small room in Sydney, without his portable air purifier and N95 mask. “The waiters couldn’t even get to us to give us a drink,” he says — it was that tightly packed. “That’s a situation I never get myself into … and three days later, I tested positive.”

Fast-forward a couple of months and a similar story has been playing out for thousands of Australians as COVID surges again. Partly it’s because the highly mutated new subvariant JN.1 has driven a worldwide spike in infections, hospitalisations and deaths. But it’s also probably because so many of the precautions we used to embrace — masking, testing and isolating, vaccination — have been abandoned, deemed unnecessary by those who think the danger has passed, or who misguidedly believe COVID is “just a cold” or necessary to catch for immunity.



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