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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.

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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.

    Does the 617 variant change everything?

    Does the 617 variant change everything?

    The coronavirus variant sweeping through India appears to be a stronger more contagious version than we've previously seen.

    While there is still little peer-reviewed scientific information on B.1.617 variants, health authorities are increasingly becoming worried about the threats the strains present.

    Australia has had two close calls with 617 over the past few weeks: firstly in Sydney then again in Melbourne after it escaped from a South Australian quarantine hotel.

    So on today's Coronacast, does the 617 variant change everything and will we have to revisit our base assumptions?

    Also on today's show:

    * Moderna coming to Australia later this year (pending TGA approvals)

    • 11 min
    Australia's borders are reopening when??

    Australia's borders are reopening when??

    It seems that every time we talk about the timeframe of Australia's borders reopening to the world, the estimated date slips further into the future.

    In this week's budget, the government indicated that borders will probably remain shut until 2022 at least.

    And Qantas has also pushed back its plans to restart international flights by at least two months.

    So on today's Coronacast, what could be behind the reason for the slippages of border reopenings?

    Also on today's show:

    * Will we really need to get a vaccine every year for covid 19 for the foreseeable future?

    * Children don't usually get severe COVID-19, why am I seeing reports of kids dying in India?

    * If a combined coronavirus and flu vaccine is being developed, why can't existing coronavirus and flu vaccines be given at the same time?

    * I'm due for the second shot of Pfizer next week and am feeling a bit under the weather. What do I do?

    References

    A Misleading C.D.C. Number

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/briefing/outdoor-covid-transmission-cdc-number.html

    • 10 min
    It's Victoria's turn to hunt down coronavirus

    It's Victoria's turn to hunt down coronavirus

    It's Victoria's turn to hunt down coronavirus, after Victorian health authorities revealed a man tested positive to the virus yesterday morning.

    The man was a recent arrival from overseas, who completed his 14 days quarantine in South Australia before heading home to Victoria earlier this month.

    Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says he believes the man contracted the virus in hotel quarantine in South Australia.

    So on today's Coronacast, how could you spend two weeks in quarantine only to catch the virus just as you're leaving?

    Also on today's show:

    * I'm seeing testing fatigue. Once we're all vaccinated can we stop being tested?

    * I had my first shot of AstraZeneca and suffered no side effects except for maybe feeling a bit tired. Does this mean the vaccine did not work?

    * FDA approves Pfizer for older kids

    * Norman talks a bit about the Novavax vaccine which mixes a COVID shot with a flu shot

    • 12 min
    The one silver lining of coronavirus

    The one silver lining of coronavirus

    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?

    • 12 min
    How worrying is Sydney's missing link?

    How worrying is Sydney's missing link?

    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: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/rn-presents-patient-zero/id1370255107

    * ABC Listen app: https://abclisten.page.link/UgUg8Z4JtCaEh71p6

    • 13 min
    A new case of COVID and five new clots

    A new case of COVID and five new clots

    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?

    • 10 min

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