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.
When will we be out of the COVID pandemic phase?
It's a question that we've been asking since the very beginning of the pandemic: when will it really end?
It's easy to think that because people are vaccinated and less attention is paid to COVID, it's over.
In reality more than 5000 people have died of COVID this year, and the disease burden rises every time there's a new variant.
On today's Coronacast, a chat with Professor Brendan Crabb, an infectious disease expert who heads up the Burnet Institute on how he thinks the past several years have gone, and whether COVID will remain a forever virus.
We're finally feeling a bit less lonely!
The COVID pandemic brought on a whole bunch of change to nearly everyone in the world.
All of a sudden people were under lockdowns, out of work, unable to see their loved ones, even fighting for their lives.
But ever so steadily, things have improved. Vaccines came along and we tried to get back to normal. But for some that's not so easy.
According to a survey from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - we're feeling less lonely than we were in the early days of the pandemic.
But, sadly, it's not all great news.
That's on this week's Coronacast.
Why the risk of Long COVID might be falling
One of the big scary unknowns that remains with COVID is long-COVID.
There are hundreds of thousands of Australians with the condition.
But little bit by little bit, researchers are working out more and more about it.
And in some good news - it seems that the risk of long-COVID has fallen over the last couple of years.
Also, why shoving certain drugs up your nose might help avoid COVID in the first place.
That's on this week's Coronacast
Where have all the new variants gone?
In the early days of COVID, it seemed like we were getting new variants of concern every few months.
Wuhan led to Alpha then to Delta via a side trip to Beta for parts of the world.
But ever since Omicron came in like a wrecking ball at the end of 2021... sure there has been a lot of new sub-variants, but no new challenger to take on the Big Boss.
So could Omicron be the final variant? Are things starting to settle down? Will saying this mean a new variant is around the corner?
All the big questions on this week's Coroncast.
Pirola! An asteroid? Football player? No, it's the latest strain!
It seems like a mere week ago that we were talking about the last new variant - because it was only a week ago.
Move over Eris, there's a new variant in town: Pirola.
Unlike most of the recent strains going around, this one branched off further back in the Omicron family tree.
But what of the usual questions: is it better at evading immunity? Does it cause worse disease? How do I protect myself? Also, how normal is it for a virus to mutate this much? Is it really moving this quickly, or is just because we're watching it so closely?
That's on this week's Coronacast.
Hello furry mammal are you the next pandemic?
Wherever you look, viruses are going into and coming out of animals.
Mostly this happens without much fanfare, though occasionally it causes big problems.
Which is why it's concerning that researchers in Europe have started to sound the alarm about fur farms in Europe and other researchers looking at pig farms have found more swine flu variants than they expected.
So what's going on?
Infection prevention and control in the context of coronavirus disease (COVID-19): a living guideline, 10 August 2023
Highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection on multiple fur farms in the South and Central Ostrobothnia regions of Finland, July 2023
The genomic landscape of swine influenza A viruses in Southeast Asia
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.
Keep it up!
Please continue the show for the foreseeable future! It was been such a help throughout the pandemic.
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.