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If you're hoping to stay healthy and coronavirus-free, one of the best things you can do it wash your hands often and wash your hands well. But what are the best techniques? What soap should you use? And how do you get out of the bathroom without touching anything? On the show today: * What's the best way to wash your hands? * Bar soap or liquid soap? * Is the virus passing from person to person out in the community? * How many intensive care beds do we have in Australia? * Public pools. Good or bad? * More on those hot and sweaty gyms And Dr Norman Swan explains some research about the average incubation period of the virus. It's possibly both shorter, and longer, than you might think. Coronacast is a daily podcast that's all about answering your coronavirus questions. If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
More than 100 years ago, tens of millions of people died in an influenza pandemic. The virus spread quickly and had a high mortality rate. More than a third of the world's population was infected. So what can we learn from the 1918 pandemic? On the show today: * How does the virus kill you? * How do you disinfect your stuff to try and keep it coronavirus free? * Why 18 months to develop a coronavirus vaccine? * How do I get rid of infected waste like tissues and masks? And Dr Norman Swan explains how a 13 year old study on a 100 year old pandemic might have some interesting lessons. Coronacast is a daily podcast that's all about answering your coronavirus questions.  If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
What happens if you get coronavirus when you're pregnant? What surfaces should you avoid touching? And can children get infected? Coronacast is a daily podcast that's all about answering your coronavirus questions.  On the show today: * What are the risks to pregnant women? What will happen if an expectant mother is infected? * Can you get coronavirus from mail from overseas? What about other surfaces? * Have there been any confirmed cases of children or infants contracting the disease? And Dr Norman Swan also explains some interesting research regarding what the new coronavirus might be doing in people's brains. If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
Could the solution to getting rid of coronavirus be shutting everything down and keeping it that way... for a year and a half? That's no school, no uni, constant social distancing and quarantine. Is this our life now? On the show today: * Can you get coronavirus twice? * Can you get coronavirus from food? * I touch my hair a lot, should I wash my pillow case more often? In this episode Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor start by talking about that Imperial College London modelling. Coronacast is a daily podcast that's all about answering your coronavirus questions.  If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
Coronacast is a daily podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.
It's been months in the making, but finally Victoria has taken a deep breath and reopened. As of 11:59pm tonight, the Victorian lockdown will officially end and many of the most significant restrictions will be removed or wound back. Yesterday saw zero new cases, the first time since June 9th. So as the state opens up, what challenges await and what can the rest of the country learn? On today's show: * Learning to live a COVID normal life * The CDC changes its definition of what a close contact is * Norman and Tegan jump back into the jobby waters on sewage testing * What does Norman make of 9-12 month estimates before a vaccine could be rolled out across the country?
With Black Lives Matters demonstrations being held in many Australian cities over the weekend, should protestors now be self-isolating in case they were infected? The AMA in Victoria says it’s necessary, but Federal Government advice is to get tested if you develop symptoms. So with thousands of people gathering for the protests, what's the chance there will be a rise in cases in the weeks ahead? On today's show: * I went to the protests. Should I self-isolate? * Is there a risk from hanging out with colleagues in stock rooms? * Can I start playing bridge again? Are the cards a risk? * Can you please talk about babies and pregnancy? And pharmacist owners have written to Norman, a bit annoyed that he said cold and flu products don't work. How will he respond?
As states slowly wind back restrictions and release the brake on lockdowns, it’s a good time to look back to see if they were worth it. So far, Australia has had less than 100 deaths related to COVID-19, and new case numbers remain small. But what about deaths that occurred because of the lockdown? And how many deaths would have occurred anyway? On today's show: * Were the lockdowns worth it? * Why is the tracing app critical time set to 15 minutes? * When is it likely that we will be able to travel interstate again?
Scientists have given coronavirus to ferrets, dogs and cats to try and find out how the virus works. It turns out some animals can contract and potentially spread coronavirus – and that includes household pets. In today’s Coronacast, Dr Norman Swan and health reporter Tegan Taylor answer more questions from kids about the pandemic. On today's show: * James asks why is the coronavirus also called COVID-19? * Finn asks does it make animals sick? * Estelle asks when can I see my grandparents? * Alice asks why do adults get coronavirus worse than children? * Oliver asks how close are we to discovering a vaccine for COVID-19? And don’t forget about the Together In Art Kids project! See our website at for more information.
As parts of Australia face up to 90 days of lockdowns, you might be feeling like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. But the world has been here before. Today's episode of Coronacast gives you the pep talk you didn't know you needed. On today's show: * What's the end game here? Are we all just going to get it? Or can we get rid of it somehow? And Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor talk about an article in The Conversation titled "Regaining control: the case for a short, sharp lockdown"
While the coronavirus growth rate has slowed over the past few days, there's still likely to be cases circling in the community undetected. Community transmission hotspots are popping up in suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne. So how many unknown COVID-19 cases could there be out there? In today's episode: * Flu shots. Why get one? * Should I bunker down or risk venturing out to get a flu vaccine? * How reliable is COVID-19 testing anyway? And Dr Norman Swan explains the research from America which might give an indication of how many undetected cases are out in the community.
What does coronavirus look like? When can we hug again? Are we all going to die? We asked for questions from kids, and they delivered! Hundreds of Aussie kids have asked and we've put them to Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor. This episode is for them, so if you have a little one in your life, sit together, have a listen and hopefully this will make things a little clearer. In this show: * What does the coronavirus look like? * Why are there so many rumours about coronavirus and how do I know what's true? * Why can't we hug? * When will the coronavirus end? * Are we are all going to die? Thank you to everyone who sent us a question!
What if this could mostly be over in four to six weeks instead of a year or more? Sounds pretty good right. According to experts in Australia and overseas, it is possible. So what's the catch? On the show today: * What should people do if they have mild cold and flu symptoms but do not meet the testing criteria? * What do we know about general health and surviving coronavirus? If your older and healthy, does that help? * What's going on with male vs female stats? * Should we now remove our shoes before coming back inside the house? And Dr Norman Swan explains that tantalising plan that could see life pretty much return to normal in only four to six weeks.
It seems many people still haven't got the message about the importance of social distancing. And some Coronacast listeners are saying they're still struggling to convince friends and family to take it seriously and stop acting in ways that could spread the virus. So today Dr Norman Swan has three tips to help you convince your loved ones to take notice. On today’s show: * How do you convince friends and family to take coronavirus seriously? * What's the difference between COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2? * Why can't Australia make our own testing kits? * Kids question: Clara wants to know why coronavirus is so bad * Kids question: Ezra wants to know what happens if you get coronavirus and another virus at the same time. Will they mix? And Dr Norman Swan explains what the World Health Organisation megatrial testing four possible coronavirus treatments is all about.
Plenty of questions remain about how children are affected by coronavirus, what symptoms they show and how they transmit it. But a study from China has shed some light on this. Not only are kids being affected by COVID-19, the virus seems to remain in their poo for much longer than you'd think. On the show today: * What does a state of emergency mean? * Will the 14-day overseas quarantine work? * Should I cancel my small party or wedding? And Dr Norman Swan has some new research (with some caveats) about how kids may be affected by the virus. Coronacast is a daily podcast that’s all about answering your coronavirus questions. If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
As the risk of coming across coronavirus grows, it is time to ban mass gatherings? Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday there's currently no advice to cancel events and he's going the footy on the weekend. And the Victorian Premier said on Wednesday that his advice was there was no need to cancel the Grand Prix. So should you avoid mass gatherings? On the show today: * What does the World Health Organisation declaration of a pandemic mean? * Is Tom Hanks going to be ok? * Are people who have asthma at greater risk? And Dr Norman Swan explains what the research is telling us about what the most reliable ways to test for coronavirus are. If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
Gyms are sweaty, wet places and they're the perfect place for coronavirus to hide. Chinese data indicates that gyms are a high risk location for spreading the virus to other people or picking it up. So what can you do to help make your workout a little bit safer? On the show today: * What's going on in Italy? What are the chances mass quarantine will work? * Does air travel increase the risk of getting infected? * Can you catch coronavirus through air conditioning? * How does the testing process work? When will authorities test me for coronavirus? * How risky are gyms? And what about steam rooms? And Dr Norman Swan clarifies the study he talked about yesterday on disinfectants. Which ones are the best for coronavirus? Coronacast is a daily podcast that's all about answering your coronavirus questions.  If you want to send in a question, go to and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
With coronavirus spreading, heaps of people are wondering if getting a flu shot earlier this year is worth it. And as more people need tests, how do the swabs work and how long does it take? On the show today: * How long does testing for coronavirus take? * Flu shot season is rapidly approaching, so should you get one earlier than usual? How will it help? * Can you start infecting other people with coronavirus before you start showing symptoms? * What happens to people who have weak immune systems? And you might have seen the study which indicated coronavirus had mutated. But has it really? Dr Norman Swan explains.
Face mask supplies may be limited, but do they even work? And why you should stop touching your face, but that's much easier said than done. On the show today: * Does a face mask really protect you? * How often do we touch our faces? (spoiler: it's a lot) * Can you get coronavirus if an infected person touches fruit and vegetables at the supermarket? * How will hospitals manage if there's huge numbers of people needing care? * And why isolation means isolation. No family members allowed. All that, and a frightening new study which could show how easy it is for a sick person to get coronavirus over everything.
We've spoken a lot over the last year or so about coronavirus, and for good reason. But there are plenty of other viruses out there that can make us seriously sick or kill us. One is the flu, or influenza, and usually at this time of the year, we'd be seeing a solid rise in the number of reported cases. But not this year. In fact, there's so little flu around that there's actually been more COVID detected than influenza. So on today's Coronacast, what could be going on? Also on today's show: * Is there any information on how long should someone with a flu wait before I get the Pfizer vaccine? * Is there a correlation between the degree of side effects experienced immediately after your first dose of AstraZeneca and the possibility of developing clots?
A string of community transmission donut days in NSW has been a nice to see since a mystery COVID-19 case popped up in Sydney late last week. However, despite its best efforts, NSW Health has not been able to find out how the case jumped from hotel quarantine into the community. The man has clearly picked up the virus from a mystery person in the community, who could well have spread it to others. So on today's Coronacast, how worrying it is that the link hasn't been found? Also on today's show: * The virus found in Sydney - B.1.617.2 - is declared a variant of concern by the UK Government * Why don't these supposed very contagious variants seem to spread in Australia? And don't forget to check out the new season of Patient Zero! * Apple Podcasts: * ABC Listen app:
Just when you think it's getting boring in coronavirus land, you're hit with an avalanche of news. Sydney is continuing to battle an outbreak of COVID-19, as health detectives narrow in on where it might have come from. And Australia's medicines regulator has revealed five more people have developed blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, bringing the total to 11 from around 1.4 million doses since the rollout began. So what have we learned about the variant circulating in Sydney? And what's the current likelihood of developing a clot?
When NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian started her press conference yesterday, she got straight to the point: NSW had detected a case of COVID in the community. And as yet, there’s no known source. The patient has not been overseas or interstate and has no known links to hotel quarantine. He's also been infectious in the community for the last several days. So as NSW Health tries to pin down where he might have got it, Coronacast asks how this mysterious case compares to other recent outbreaks. Also on today's show: * A study shows digital contact tracing apps can work * Norman gets vaccinated * If a person isn't vaccinated and contracts COVID, is the vaccine then administered to aid in recovery? * Can I get the AstraZeneca vaccine now and Pfizer later to be even more protected? * Can you advise me please on the recommended timing between a flu shot and the AstraZeneca shot?
In a global pandemic, you have to take your successes where you can find them. Among the doom and gloom of three-quarters of a million new cases a day worldwide, it's important to look at how much progress we've made in fighting back against COVID-19. To date, more than a billion vaccines doses have been given out globally - a number that will hopefully continue to rapidly increase as more supply becomes available and distributed to those who need it most. Because - as explained on today's Coronacast - the faster we can vaccinate, the less chance we'll have of even worse variants popping into existence. Also on today's show: * Why is the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines constantly referred to as complex when the flu vaccine is rolled out every year to millions of people in Australia? * Your feedback and experiences on tracking down and getting a vaccine under the next phase of the rollout * The trouble with organ transplants and COVID-19
The next phase of Australia's vaccination program began yesterday, and millions of people aged over 50 are now eligible to receive a vaccine. But many are still finding the booking process difficult and confusing, and while vaccines are available it can take a bit of work to find one. Before now, only the vulnerable and front line workers have been eligible, so health officials and experts will be hoping that finally we'll see a dramatic increase in the COVID-19 vaccination rate. So will we finally see a jump in vaccinations? Also on today's show: * I've heard that the vaccine immunity lasts only for 6 months. So does that mean that I'll need another 2 shots of the vaccine when Australia finally opens up, and I want to travel? * I am a First Nations person who is 36 with no other comorbidities. Is it clear yet when Pfizer will be available to me?
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Mar 3rd, 2020
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May 10th, 2021
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