Explained: Coronavirus, its effects, who's most at risk, and more

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What are COVID-19 symptoms? What does it do to people? How long does it usually last? Who is most at risk? What are the chances of recovery? Can the flu injection prevent COVID-19? Should we stockpile toilet paper? Is it safe to go to the football or a festival? 

There’s a lot of speculation about COVID-19 and how it will affect the individual and the population. How many people will it kill? More than the 3000 who die each year of influenza?

The Australian Academy of Science has just now published new fact-checked video explainers on the coronavirus titled COVID-19 vs Flu and COVID-19 Transmission.

Both videos feature Professor Robert Booy from the University of Sydney, Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), who answers all of these questions, and more.

Are you worried about coronavirus? What steps are you taking to avoid it?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 11
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    The media really has a lot to answer for with this. They have done nothing but spread fear and panic and are now saying its the public’s fault. I think we need to make the media accountable for the what they have done!

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      Jackie, stop it.
      Shortages of things such as toilet paper have nothing to do with the Chinese and even less to do with the baby milk scandal.
      Crates of TP, pasta, tissues or hand sanitiser are not being sent to Wuhan.

      Any current shortage is purely down to the stupidity and greed of local Australians and based on the fearmongering across social and mainstream media. Not to mention the spreading of ill-informed and prejudicial gossip.

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      Jackie, whilst you are of course entitled to your opinions, please refrain from making such outrageous, racist, derogatory and uninformed comments on a public forum.

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      I agree Ted, they really are cashing in on spreading fear and fake news. Sensationalizing everything for their own gain, thank the Murdoch empire for the panic buying.

  2. 0

    Italy and Iran are perfect examples of complacency and lack of media coverage until too late. Likewise, Indonesia which is clearly under reporting. There has been some hype but the clear message of washing your hands and understanding risks is getting through

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      Australians haven’t been so complacent otherwise we all could buy necessities such as toilet paper.

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      Why do you presume Indonesia is under reporting, they may not be having many cases at all, many are using natural remedies to boost their immunity. Many of the poorer countries seem to not have many cases anyway, which is strange but check out the tracking of the virus.

  3. 0

    This is a very interesting and informative you tube video to watch:


  4. 0

    TedWards really? Do watch this, it’s very factual.


  5. 0

    The only real virus here is human stupidity!! Add a dash of ignorance and there is your virus . Just calm down !!!

  6. 0

    I am not worried about the virus, I am more worried about our freedoms being taken from us.
    It is a big money making scheme for big pharma to make another drug we do not need. Bill Gates foundation has just donated (invested) $100 million for research and development of a drug, he also planned this, look up Bill Gate’s event 201.



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