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.
Why are health authorities still struggling to communicate?
It's been a tough couple of days for health authorities in South Australia, especially surrounding the case of the COVID positive man who went out to lots of places.
Health authorities initially said he had broken quarantine by going shopping, before admitting that as a casual contact he hadn't actually been told to stay home.
It turns out that the man did everything that was asked of him, and it was the authorities who got the message wrong.
So on today's Coronacast, why getting the information right is so important - and particularly in a pandemic.
On today's show:
* We haven't had a case of coronavirus in town for over 6 months now. My school age kids often catch colds and I've been getting them swabbed each time. Do I need to continue having them tested?
* We've heard a lot from the companies about the effectiveness of their vaccines, however could you comment on the safety component of the trials?
What's going on with the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine?
As the days have passed since the drug company AstraZeneca announced its coronavirus vaccine results, the questions about those results and what they could mean have only grown.
Last week, AstraZeneca reported a 90 percent efficacy rate for its vaccine - but also another lower rate for another part of the trial.
Now questions are emerging around how the trial was run, and if parts of it were accidental or if they were on purpose.
It's all very confusing, so here's today's Coronacast to help sort it out.
Also on today's show:
* Why haven't Pfizer and Moderna been subject to similar criticism as AstraZeneca?
* Is there any logic to forcing international arrivals who may or may not be infected with coronavirus to quarantine in a hotel, yet those who are confirmed to be infected are able to stay at home?
And will Norman back down on his highly inflammatory pineapple pizza comments?
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?
C/O: Norman Swan's Boss
GPO BOX 9994
Sydney NSW 2000
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?
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Australia centric of course, but the majority of the information is transferable to anywhwere on the planet.
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