Episode from the podcastCoronacast

What a 100 year old pandemic can teach us about coronavirus

Released Monday, 9th March 2020
 2 people rated this episode
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 abc.net.au/coronavirus and we might answer it tomorrow on the podcast.
1918 ... 102 years ago ... The world faced a pandemic and despite the differences between today and 1918; abundance of scientific data, various available vaccines, evolving technologies, we are facing a surreal similarity to 1918, we can’t win over the evolving viruses and despite everything we have, containment of the virus seems to be only efficient measure. Ironic, but it shows that those who are fast responders to pandemics/emergencies have been more victorious than slow respondents. The Cohort study mentioned ( Philadelphia vs New Orleans vs others ) is a great reminder! Excellent medical facilities don’t translate to less fatalities, but enforcements of social distances measures, lockdowns and closures of places that prompt social gathering are!
A really good explanation of viruses and very interesting to note that 100 years later the containment measures are the same.
This podcast, its content, and its artwork are not owned by, affiliated with, or endorsed by Podchaser.
Rate Episode

Share This Episode

Recommendation sent

Join Podchaser to...

  • Rate podcasts and episodes
  • Follow podcasts and creators
  • Create podcast and episode lists
  • & much more

Moderator Stats

Podcast ID

Episode Details

10m 37s
Episode Type

Episode Tags

Do you host or manage this podcast?
Claim and edit this page to your liking.