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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.

    The latest great news for young kids and COVID!

    The latest great news for young kids and COVID!

    There's been a bunch of good news this week about kids and COVID, including kids under 5 moving a touch closer to become eligible for vaccination
    A Scandanavian study has shown that before babies are born, they get an immune benefit from their vaccinated mother.

    Another study has looked at a rare condition that can happen in kids after COVID, called MIS-C, and found vaccinated kids are way more protected from it

    And also both Pfizer and Moderna have moved slightly closer to being registered for kids under 5 in the USA.

    Also on today's show:

    * Are there rapid tests available to test for influenza?

    * I've noticed that cases seem to be falling. Is it just that it's being under reported? I haven't heard any mention of it in the media but it's the opposite of what I expected as we head into winter.

    AND WE'LL BE TAKING A BREAK FOR THE NEXT MONTH BECAUSE NORMAN IS ON HOLIDAYS. SO KEEP AN EYE ON THE FEED AND WE'LL BE BACK SOON.

    • 11 min
    Have we lost our vaccine mojo?

    Have we lost our vaccine mojo?

    This time last year, Australia's vaccination program was getting underway and many were coming forward for their first or second shots.
    But Australia's haven't embraced the third dose as quickly or in as large numbers.

    The third dose is vital for the best protection against disease, and is recommended for the majority of Australians.

    So why aren't people coming forward as quickly?

    Also on today's show:

    * Is it possible that we may have caught COVID without realising it?

    * Are there instances of assumed second COVID infections that are actually just relapses?

    • 11 min
    Which subvariant will be the One True Omicron?

    Which subvariant will be the One True Omicron?

    Since the variant we now know as Omicron burst onto the scene late last year, it's proved to be a shapeshifter, spawning no fewer than five subvariants so far.
    Each have their own characteristics, but which is the most likely to become the dominant strain?

    There's finally enough data around to start making a comparison - so which subvariant will rule them all, what features give it the advantage, and what possible tools we might use to fight it?

    Also on today's show:

    * If I'm triple vaccinated and COVID is everywhere, could I have encountered it and fought it off, making me even more immune now?

    * What's the latest on the scary, mysterious hepatitis that's been reported in kids?

    • 10 min
    How worried should we be about monkeypox?

    How worried should we be about monkeypox?

    While COVID continues to ravage the world, it's far from the only virus that's affecting humans at the moment.
    Cases of flu are soaring in Australia, and the Queensland Government is worried enough about it that it's offering all Queenslanders a free flu vaccination.

    And to add to that is a new outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and North America with 100 suspected and confirmed cases so far, though cases have not been severe.

    So what is Monkeypox, could it end up like COVID and how worried should we be?

    • 10 min
    The BIG COVID challenge facing Australia's next government

    The BIG COVID challenge facing Australia's next government

    We are only days away from the 2022 Federal Election, where we'll find out who'll be leading the country for the next few years.
    But for whoever wins, there's the huge reality of dealing with and managing the ongoing COVID pandemic, which is still killing an average of 40 Australians a day.

    COVID policy and response hasn't featured much during the election campaign.

    So on today's Coronacast, what COVID issues will face whoever wins office next?

    Also on today's show:

    * Our daughter tested positive on a RAT. We had a PCR test the same day and it came back negative. So we tested again via a RAT and it was positive again. Does this mean the PCR test wasn't done properly?

    * I have been diagnosed with COVID twice this year. Is this the future, COVID every 4 or 5 months?

    • 10 min
    Yes, you can get long COVID if you're triple vaxxed

    Yes, you can get long COVID if you're triple vaxxed

    A British COVID report has finally answered a question many have had: can you get long COVID, even after you're triple vaccinated.
    And the answer is, sadly, yes. About eight to nine percent of people have some sort of long-COVID symptoms, even after they've had their third dose.

    But there is some good news: long COVID is still far lower in vaccinated people than in unvaccinated.

    Also on today's show:

    * What's happening with second generation vaccines?

    * How worried should we really be about surface transmission?

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

Garnet6106 ,

Keep it up!

Please continue the show for the foreseeable future! It was been such a help throughout the pandemic.

Ottoaway ,

Keep poor political reporting out of it

I enjoy this program and find it very helpful for updates on public health & science involving Covid. I found the low quality “political update” on the state of American politics today irrelevant and not worthy of the time allocated or this generally high quality program. Nepotism at its worst.

Aussie News Seeker ,

Well done Coronacast

We’re an expat Australian family who has tuned to Coronacast since it’s inception. Little did I realise that I’d still be tuning in daily in August 2021. This concise daily update is a great way of staying connected with what’s happening in Australia. I’m extremely fortunate to live in a covid free country (all be it a small one) and I wish this state for Australia soon. I dream of the day we can be reunited with our family back home. In the meantime, thank you Coronacast keep up the great work.

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