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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 this the end of China's COVID zero?

    Is this the end of China's COVID zero?

    Protests are breaking out across parts of China in response to the Chinese government zero COVID restrictions.
    The number of COVID cases has soared in China in recent weeks, rising at a similar rate to what happened in March this year.

    The outbreak was quickly brought under control, by the use of the Government's severe measures such as forced external quarantine and city wide lockdowns.

    But with widespread discontent and protests, it may prove harder to keep this outbreak under control. So is this the end of China's COVID zero?

    References:
    China Covid: Shocking protests are huge challenge for China's leaders - Stephen McDonell
    Associations between COVID‐19 and hospitalisation with respiratory and non‐respiratory conditions: a record linkage study

    • 12 min
    Are the waves getting smaller?

    Are the waves getting smaller?

    There's hope that the current Omicron sub variant wave will be in decline again just in time for Christmas - but like everything COVID, it's hard to know for sure.
    Both case loads and hospitalisations due to COVID have continued to increase in the last week.

    The latest advice from state health authorities say that overseas experience suggests the current wave might pass relatively quickly, though they warn local conditions may mean it's different here.

    So what do we know about the latest wave? And is it better to have a quick one, or one that lasts for a longer time?

    • 10 min
    Ok, now it's off and running - how do we slow it down?

    Ok, now it's off and running - how do we slow it down?

    Another week, another big jump in COVID case numbers and rising admissions to hospitals.
    The next wave is well and truly underway, with the BA4 and BA5 sub variants rapidly being replaced by versions that are even more immune evasive.

    However, when Omicron turned up last year there were a variety of public health measures in place to try and slow infection rates. 

    This time though, we've only got vaccination and an optional sense of public duty.

    So can we slow down the next wave, or is it coming in hard and fast?

    • 13 min
    Does anyone give a rat about RATs anymore?

    Does anyone give a rat about RATs anymore?

    Rapid-antigen tests promised so much: a quick, cheap and easy way to tell if you were COVID positive so you could make a decision to help protect yourself, family and community.
    But in reality, it's far more complicated. The tests were initially hard to come by, expensive for some and the rollout was patchy.

    And now, add to that the fact that the coronavirus has continued to evolve - making it hard to tell if RATs can even detect COVID.

    So on this week's Coronacast, should we give a rat about RATs anymore? And why is it important that the tests do as they say?

    • 14 min
    Has the next wave already begun?

    Has the next wave already begun?

    New sub-variants of Coronavirus are increasingly appearing in Government statistics and clinical breakdowns of the virus' spread.
    The BQ1 and XBB sub-variants of Omicron have surged overseas, and are also starting to pick up in Australia.

    It's likely that they'll take over the BA5 subvariant that's been dominant for the past several months.

    So what could these new variants bring and given they're likely to evade our immune systems, what could it mean for spread and severe disease?

    • 12 min
    What could the floods mean for disease outbreak?

    What could the floods mean for disease outbreak?

    For those keeping count, 2022 hasn't been a great year for animal virus outbreaks into human populations.
    A new study has suggested that the Omicron variant may have had a reservoir in mice.

    Also, there are warnings that the East Coast floods may see a rise in people infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus, and parts of Uganda are locked down to prevent an Ebola outbreak from spreading into cities and across borders.

    So what's going on and how can we make sense of it all?

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Brett1.bb ,

Love your pod.

Thank you for continuing to make your podcast. I always enjoy it and come away armed with what I need to know about covid. Your show is uplifting and funny which must be difficult based on the subject. Please keep making it until one day you can make a final show announcing that covid is done and gone. I will so much enjoy that episode.

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.

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