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

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

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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    Ted Wards
    13th Mar 2020
    10:29am
    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!
    KSS
    13th Mar 2020
    1:25pm
    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.
    KSS
    13th Mar 2020
    7:46pm
    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.
    Incognito
    15th Mar 2020
    3:24am
    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.
    Sundays
    13th Mar 2020
    1:00pm
    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
    Anonymous
    13th Mar 2020
    2:50pm
    Australians haven't been so complacent otherwise we all could buy necessities such as toilet paper.
    Incognito
    15th Mar 2020
    3:26am
    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.
    Curious
    13th Mar 2020
    1:21pm
    This is a very interesting and informative you tube video to watch:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=cZFhjMQrVts
    Curious
    13th Mar 2020
    1:22pm
    TedWards really? Do watch this, it's very factual.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=cZFhjMQrVts
    JB
    13th Mar 2020
    3:33pm
    The only real virus here is human stupidity!! Add a dash of ignorance and there is your virus . Just calm down !!!
    Incognito
    15th Mar 2020
    3:22am
    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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