Explained: Coronavirus

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?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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