Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an Associate Professor and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland. She and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find new medicines and to study how bacteria evolve to cause disease. Siouxsie recently published her first book, Antibiotic Resistance: the End of Modern Medicine? She is also a keen blogger, tweeter and podcaster and was a finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Society
Jun 25, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: Why I'm confident there is no community transmission in NZ

The most critical line of defence remains the isolation and quarantine system.

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Covid-19
Apr 5, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: On Covid-19, we have to build the plane as we fly it

Siouxsie Wiles on the vitriolic correspondence she's received since Covid-19 struck, and the realities of communicating evidence. 

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Covid-19
Apr 3, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: A note on apartments and bubbles

About those handles and rails and communal areas ...

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Covid-19
Apr 2, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: A simple thing you can do in seconds to help make NZ healthier

The more people take part, the better it will be at detecting potential clusters of Covid-19.

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Covid-19
Apr 1, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Why those bubbles are so important

A quick reminder why we need to hold firm, and resist any temptation to bend the rules.

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Science
Mar 31, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: What is different about the new, fast Covid-19 blood tests?

Some countries are now using a serology test, which uses blood or serum samples to look for antibodies produced in response to the virus.

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Politics
Mar 27, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: When will we know the lockdown is working?

Alert level four is on. Now let’s talk about the lag.

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Politics
Mar 26, 2020
Covid-19
Mar 25, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles wants a word with your parents

Or your friends. Or your cousins. Or you.

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Politics
Mar 22, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?

The alert system signals the start of a new phase in NZ's battle against Covid-19.

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Science
Mar 21, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: A reminder that Covid-19 still isn’t airborne

A widely-reported study revealed that Covid-19 can be made to be airborne. That doesn't mean you'll ever catch it that way.

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Science
Mar 18, 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: How testing for Covid-19 works

How the process runs, why we're not testing everyone who feels ill, and something you can do online now to help the fight.

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Society
Mar 16, 2020

The world is on fire: My message to New Zealanders on Covid-19

Now we have a chance. But emergency measures might need to last many months, maybe longer.

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Society
Mar 14, 2020

Yes, this will hurt our economy. Letting Covid-19 take grip would hurt us more

Siouxsie Wiles on the contrasting responses by leaders in the US, Britain and New Zealand.

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Society
Mar 14, 2020

After ‘Flatten the Curve’, we must now ‘Stop the Spread’. Here’s what that means

We must act quickly, with no half-measures. Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains why, with a new animation from Toby Morris.

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Science
Mar 13, 2020

Covid-19: A note on airborne droplets, spreading without symptoms and alarming headlines

Siouxsie Wiles offers some context around a couple of new studies on the coronavirus.

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Society
Mar 13, 2020

Covid-19 is now officially a pandemic. Here’s what you need to do about it

It is not a time for panic. It is, however, a time to draw up a pandemic preparedness plan.

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Society
Mar 9, 2020

The three phases of Covid-19 – and how we can make it manageable

Here's how the coronavirus is likely to progress among humans, and what we can do to snuff it out.

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Science
Mar 7, 2020

How to get rid of Covid-19 from surfaces the right way

Things that lots of people touch are a playground for coronaviruses. Here's how to nuke 'em.

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Science
Mar 5, 2020

A glance at the global spread of Covid-19, beyond China

Which places have the largest number of coronavirus cases outside mainland China?

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Science
Mar 5, 2020

Can you catch Covid-19 from someone without symptoms?

The latest confirmed case in NZ is an important reminder that we should be mindful of our behaviour.

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Politics
Mar 4, 2020

Some advice for Simon Bridges on being responsible in a health emergency

Time to tone down the anecdotal criticisms, and rein in MPs urging people to panic-buy.

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Society
Mar 3, 2020

Covid-19 and kids: How to talk to children about the coronavirus

People have started asking me how they should talk to kids about the disease. So, here are some handy tips.

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Science
Mar 2, 2020

Covid-19: How do you contract the coronavirus, and who is most at risk?

A new report on the Covid-19 outbreak has some important insights into the way it has progressed, and underscores why we should take it seriously.

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Society
Mar 1, 2020

Many countries have done a great job on Covid-19. But one really worries me

We will soon see what happens when this coronavirus meets a woefully underprepared national response.

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Science
Feb 29, 2020

Covid-19: How close are we to a vaccine for the novel coronavirus?

NZ has confirmed its first case of COVID-19. As the virus approaches global pandemic status, what progress is being made in developing a vaccine?

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Science
Feb 28, 2020

A practical guide to dealing with the arrival of the coronavirus in New Zealand

Do not panic. But do prepare. Here's what you need to do.

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