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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.

    Is coronavirus seasonal after all?

    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?

    • 11 min
    Is South Australia out of the woods?

    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?

    • 10 min
    A donut day before the storm? Is six days going to be enough?

    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?

    • 10 min
    So what's the deal with this new coronavirus strain in Adelaide?

    So what's the deal with this new coronavirus strain in Adelaide?

    South Australia has started its first day of a strict six day lockdown that health authorities have described as a "circuit breaker" to stamp out Adelaide's coronavirus outbreak.

    So far, the number of new cases remains relatively small. But authorities are worried they're dealing with a variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus which moves much more quickly and patients don't show symptoms.

    So how likely is it that the virus has changed and is now far sneakier? And will the six day lockdown solve the problem?

    • 11 min
    Why South Australia's outbreak isn't going away anytime soon

    Why South Australia's outbreak isn't going away anytime soon

    The number of cases in Adelaide's coronavirus cluster has jumped again, and health authorities are warning it'll likely continue to grow.

    There are more than 4000 people currently in quarantine, and authorities say there are a handful of people that they are treating as highly likely to test positive in coming days.

    It's worth remembering that even if everything goes the right way, this outbreak is going to take weeks to resolve as all contacts are traced and tested.

    So on today's Coronacast, why the citizens of Adelaide can't let up or relax for at least the next fortnight or so.

    Also on today's show:

    * What does the results around the Moderna mRNA vaccine mean for fighting COVID?

    * Why are there still three remaining cases in Victoria especially since they've gone so long without a case?

    • 10 min
    Lockdown early or wait and see? The big questions facing Adelaide

    Lockdown early or wait and see? The big questions facing Adelaide

    South Australia has spent its first night under increased restrictions as the state battles a coronavirus cluster that increased dramatically in size yesterday.

    From when the first case was discovered on Saturday, the number quickly jumped to double figures by Monday as authorities conducted contact tracing and testing.

    So far, the cluster is primarily centred around a single family with a link to an Adelaide hotel quarantine facility.

    But on today's Coronacast, the big question remains: when did the virus manage to escape and what could that mean for South Australia's chances of getting it under control?

    On today's show:

    * What went wrong in hotel quarantine?

    * Is it time to mandate mask wearing in SA?

    * What is Norman's view on testing workers in medi-hotels?

    * Do you think the black death would have been easier to handle than COVID-19 if the people back then had the resources we do now?

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