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Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer 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 helps to answer your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

    What syphilis and measles can tell us about the coronavirus endgame

    What syphilis and measles can tell us about the coronavirus endgame

    As parts of Australia face up to 90 days of lockdowns, you might be feeling like there's no light at the end of the tunnel.

    But the world has been here before.

    Today's episode of Coronacast gives you the pep talk you didn't know you needed.



    On today's show:

    * What's the end game here? Are we all just going to get it? Or can we get rid of it somehow?



    And Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor talk about an article in The Conversation titled "Regaining control: the case for a short, sharp lockdown"

    • 10 min
    Under the radar! How much coronavirus is really out there?

    Under the radar! How much coronavirus is really out there?

    While the coronavirus growth rate has slowed over the past few days, there's still likely to be cases circling in the community undetected.

    Community transmission hotspots are popping up in suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne.

    So how many unknown COVID-19 cases could there be out there?



    In today's episode:

    * Flu shots. Why get one?

    * Should I bunker down or risk venturing out to get a flu vaccine?

    * How reliable is COVID-19 testing anyway?



    And Dr Norman Swan explains the research from America which might give an indication of how many undetected cases are out in the community.

    • 10 min
    Norman did everything right. So how did he catch another virus?

    Norman did everything right. So how did he catch another virus?

    Norman's coronavirus test is back, and it was negative!

    He's been so clean and careful but still picked up something. How did that happen?

    Also, turns out children may not be coronavirus super spreaders we thought they were.



    On today's show:

    * Are sweaty joggers putting you at risk?

    * Why are health professionals falling sick?

    * Why isn't the government doing more testing in 'hotspots'?



    CALL OUT:

    We want to make an episode of Coronacast next week that’s all about busting myths that are circulating on social media.

    So if you’re seeing the same type of messages popping up in your email, or on Whatsapp or group chats or Facebook or Twitter - send it to us!

    Our email is coronacast@abc.net.au



    And Dr Norman Swan explains (early) research that indicates that children are unlikely to be the primary source of household coronavirus infections.

    • 10 min
    Dr Norman Swan was tested for coronavirus. Here's what happened

    Dr Norman Swan was tested for coronavirus. Here's what happened

    You might have heard that Dr Norman Swan has come down with a bit of an illness.

    Yesterday he was checked for coronavirus, and had to use his doctor skills and do the swab on himself.

    So, what is getting tested for coronavirus like?



    On today's show:

    * Dr Norman Swan explains how the coronavirus test is done

    * Why don't the authorities give us better data on where positive cases are found?

    * Is it okay to mail packages and cards/letters to loved ones in the hospital or nursing homes?

    * You talk about getting high and low doses of the virus. What do you mean by that?

    * Does taking supplements like horseradish and garlic help?

    • 8 min
    Could coronavirus' death rate be lower than first thought?

    Could coronavirus' death rate be lower than first thought?

    There have been many infections from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Japan for weeks.

    But it turns out it might have helped scientists get a better estimate on the fatality rate COVID-19.

    So, could it be a little less than we previously thought? And if so, why are there still so many people dying from it?



    On today's show:

    * The infection rate has halved over the last few days, what does that mean?

    * Is the way we test people possibly skewing the numbers?

    * Can I see my partner if we don't live together?

    * My hands are dry because I'm washing them a lot. Can I fix that?

    * Does UV/sunlight kill coronavirus?



    And Dr Norman Swan explains the research in The Lancet about mortality rates of COVID-19, compared to influenza and SARS.

    • 9 min
    'Are we all going to die?' We answer kids' questions!

    'Are we all going to die?' We answer kids' questions!

    What does coronavirus look like? When can we hug again? Are we all going to die?

    We asked for questions from kids, and they delivered!

    Hundreds of Aussie kids have asked and we've put them to Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor.

    This episode is for them, so if you have a little one in your life, sit together, have a listen and hopefully this will make things a little clearer.



    In this show:

    * What does the coronavirus look like?

    * Why are there so many rumours about coronavirus and how do I know what's true?

    * Why can't we hug?

    * When will the coronavirus end?

    * Are we are all going to die?



    Thank you to everyone who sent us a question!

    • 12 min

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Ps. I am only 10 years old but I love this podcast

Riga1011 ,

This has become a Must-Listen

The Coronacast is a must-listen as it addresses concerns that we all are having in a timely, calm and factual manner. The presentation is thoughtful and well-researched.

This is the sort of approach that we need, as opposed to hearing political spin from a prime minister who seems unable to actually answer questions and whose voice screams hysteria even while beating his chest about imagined accomplishments.

Em_305 ,

Bite-sized episodes of valuable information

It is so helpful to have a reliable source of information that isn’t all doom and gloom. Even when delivering more alarming facts or statistics, the hosts are generally upbeat, which is a nice change from the panicked conversations around me (at a social distance!).

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