Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.
Wait, so can you catch coronavirus from a pizza or not?
After a dramatic state-wide lockdown which was swiftly lifted when a patient revealed he'd lied about how he caught coronavirus, there is yet another twist in South Australia's latest outbreak.
A schoolgirl in Adelaide has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and has been linked to the same pizza restaurant which is now at the middle of Adelaide's cluster.
So on today's Coronacast what might have happened?
Also on the show:
* SARS-CoV-2 detected in sewage around Geelong
* COVID-19 and deaths in the US and 18 other countries
And Quick Fire Friday returns!
Please note, Norman's pineapple on pizza comments are his own, but I guess if you must complain please send to:
Why does Norman Swan hate pineapple and what has it ever done to him?
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Borders are coming down. Were they based on science or politics?
Australia will soon - mostly - be a country where you can once again travel freely between states and territories.
Many borders will finally come down in December 1, after they were put up to stop coronavirus jumping from state to state during Victoria’s second wave.
But how much have they been about politics and how much about science?
And if we can bring domestic borders down, when might international borders follow?
Also on today’s show:
* More on the testing of the Oxford vaccine
* Would it be a good idea to take all the vaccines at once?
Is the Oxford vaccine worse than the other ones?
All of a sudden, the world has three strong vaccine options to fight coronavirus. There's the Moderna vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine and now the Oxford vaccine.
But while Moderna and Pfizer both reported they were more than 90 per cent effective, the press release for Oxford said it was only 70 per cent effective on average.
Australia has a deal to get access to the Oxford vaccine if it's approved, but is it as good?
* Australia has a deal to get the Oxford vaccine, but it seems to have a lower effectiveness. Are we getting the s*#t vaccine?
* I am a frontline healthcare worker so will likely have first access to the vaccine. I am also pregnant. Is there any evidence of safety in a pregnant population? Should I wait until I've given birth to receive the vaccine?
* After 11 months of no proven vaccines, we've gotten results about three effective vaccines in just the last two weeks. Does Norman think this timing is simply a coincidence?
And Norman's been watching coronavirus seminars again. What's he learnt regarding how masks worked in Melbourne and NSW clusters?
Is coronavirus seasonal after all?
As coronavirus has now had a year to spread around the world, scientists are starting to become more confident the virus could be more seasonal than originally expected.
Models are showing caseloads in America, which will soon be in winter, will possibly plateau around January.
So if coronavirus is seasonal, what could that mean for Australia's next winter?
On today's show:
* If the world just stood still for two weeks would coronavirus die altogether?
* What is the latest with the Queensland University vaccine?
* I don't have a smart phone and have no intention of getting one. Will I be turned away from any venues in NSW because I can't complete a QR code?
Is South Australia out of the woods?
After plunging the state into a full lockdown, then dramatically performing a massive U turn a few days later, South Australia is hoping its outbreak is under control.
It's been a week since health authorities discovered coronavirus had somehow broken out of hotel quarantine and had infected nearly 20 people.
Since then, 4500 people are in quarantine and the number of cases has slowed - despite claims that the state was dealing with a particularly fast moving virus.
So has South Australia managed to control it? Are they out of the woods?
A donut day before the storm? Is six days going to be enough?
South Australia posted a donut day yesterday recording zero new coronavirus cases.
The state is now under a severe lockdown for the next five days, with people only being allowed out under strict conditions.
But if there's fear of a major outbreak and the virus is supposedly moving very fast and is very active, why zero cases? And will SA be able to keep it up?
On today's show:
* Is 6 days lockdown in South Australia going to be long enough?
* Coronavirus fragments have been detected in wastewater from Benalla and Portland
* I got a negative coronavirus test, but it also told me that I had another virus. Is this common? What else are they testing for?
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