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Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

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Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

    The mysterious company behind a misleading coronavirus drug study

    The mysterious company behind a misleading coronavirus drug study

    When the World Health Organisation saw data from a study into a possible coronavirus drug treatment, it immediately halted trials for safety reasons.

    The data implied that use of the drug hydroxychloroquine didn't help COVID-19 patients at best, and was even possibly harmful.

    But it turns out that the data were suspect, misleading and based on some pretty weird assumptions.

    Today, the story of a mysterious company that changed coronavirus treatment policies, and has called into question how medical studies are published.

    Also on today's show:

    * How do I stay safe from coronavirus if you’re planning to demonstrate or go to a rally.

    • 10 min
    Coronavirus can take away your taste. Why?

    Coronavirus can take away your taste. Why?

    One of the main symptoms of coronavirus is loss of taste and smell, but it causes all sort of angst and concern to people who suffer from it.

    While many recover their senses in a few weeks, others have to wait far longer.

    So why is loss of taste and smell such a strong symptom for COVID-19?

    On today's show:

    * I lost my sense of taste. What's going on?

    * I'm seeing TV ads for cough syrup and colds, should there also be messages to get a COVID-19 test?

    * My wife and I have just had a child and I’m wondering what the latest info is around the impact of COVID-19 on newborns?

    • 9 min
    Why coronavirus tests are far from perfect

    Why coronavirus tests are far from perfect

    The accuracy of coronavirus tests has been again thrust into the spotlight, after a man who authorities said died from COVID-19, actually didn't.

    When 30-year-old Nathan Turner died last week, Queensland Health said he had tested positive to COVID-19.

    But further testing showed that he was negative.

    So how did the test get it wrong, and how common could it be?

    On today's show:

    * How do you even get a false positive?

    * How is the coronavirus death rate calculated?

    * If Australia is locked down, where would a second wave come from?

    * Why are there still cases in hotel quarantine?

    • 9 min
    Could rallies in the US cause a coronavirus uptick?

    Could rallies in the US cause a coronavirus uptick?

    As riots rage across large cities in the United States, some are happening right in the middle of major COVID-19 hotspots.

    Thousands of people have already died from the virus in cities like Washington DC and New York, and the epidemic is still not under control.

    So what could it mean for America's response to coronavirus?

    On today's show:

    * What could US riots mean for coronavirus cases?

    * Why are so many schools in Israel closing?

    * Is there any evidence that masks work?

    And Norman has a study of COVID-19 patients with diabetes, which shows that 10 percent die within seven days.

    • 9 min
    Hello Winter! Is coronavirus about to get worse?

    Hello Winter! Is coronavirus about to get worse?

    As the days get shorter and colder, many people are wondering what it might mean for coronavirus infections.

    One theory states that countries in the northern hemisphere have suffered more because they were in their winter months.

    So as Australia ticks over to a new season, could the weather play any part in the severity of an epidemic here?

    On todays show:

    * What might winter mean for coronavirus?

    * More Ruby Princess, but this time it's a tuberculosis problem

    * What's going on with Victoria?

    And Norman has some more information regarding a question from last week's episode about the accuracy of coronavirus tests.

    • 9 min
    So what's the chance your coronavirus test is wrong?

    So what's the chance your coronavirus test is wrong?

    So you've just had a coronavirus test, and had a little stick shoved up your nose and wobbled around.

    But while you’re waiting for a result, have you thought how accurate it might be?

    Turns out the so-called false negative rate - that's when positive cases are wrongly found to be negative - can be as high as one in three on average.

    What might that mean for Australia's fight against the virus?

    On today's show:

    * Can I get married in India in November?

    * Do vaccines need to be 100% effective to be good?

    * How accurate are coronavirus tests?

    And we have a special announcement about the Together in Art Kids exhibition. Meet one of the kids who has submitted some amazing work, and the next artist who will help curate the next round of submissions.

    If you want to see the art from the "Inner Worlds" exhibition, visit the Together In Art website (search for Together In Art Kids or find the link on our website).

    • 10 min

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