Going Viral: Episode 65

Practical tips to reduce the risk of getting Covid at protests or the foot

In this episode:

– Are we on the right track with regard to lifting of restrictions?
– Protest safely: use a mask and download the COVID-safe app
– The US is out of control… implications for Australia
– NZ says it has eliminated COVID… what does that mean?

Host: Dr Harry Nespolon, GP and RACGP President
Guests: Prof Raina MacIntyre, Head of Biosecurity, UNSW Kirby Institute


What Do We Need To Learn About COVID-19?

Hear from a panel of medical experts as they discuss the next steps in researching COVID-19, to make sure we are better equipped to face the future.

WHO accused of 'denying science' over airborne spread of SARS-CoV-2

Researchers say there is growing evidence that the virus is released in droplets during breathing, talking and coughing which are small enough to remain suspended in the air. READ MORE


Is It Time Aussies Started Wearing Masks? An Expert Answers

Walking down a crowded city street in Australia, sure, you'll see a few people wearing masks but not that many. 

In some places in the USA, they're mandated, and that's causing a lot of drama. There's even a rise of 'anti-maskers'. 

So, what's the deal here in Australia? With the outbreak in Victoria, is it time we started wearing masks to protect ourselves and others from COVID19?  HEAR The Quicky podcast with Prof Raina Macintyre.


Curious pattern in coronavirus infection rate emerges, hinting it can ‘burn out’ at a certain point

People forget that the Spanish influenza pandemic occurred over a period of two years, and different people got infected in different waves. People who are uninfected will largely remain susceptible, and we will see second waves until an effective vaccine is available.” Prof Macintyre said READ MORE



Why Following Coronavirus Restrictions Is Harder the Second Time Around

Even during early lockdown, when there was less confusion about what constituted non-compliance, people were either misunderstanding or flouting the rules. Police issued thousands of infringement notices around the country. READ MORE


Coronavirus: The important virus question Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has to answer

As Victoria continues to struggle with its rising coronavirus cases, the Premier has acknowledged failures in infection control at two quarantine hotels in central Melbourne.

“It’s likely to be from one of the returned travellers, so that’s really the most important breach that needs to be addressed,” Prof Macintyre said READ MORE


States divided on compulsory testing of international travellers

Infectious disease expert Professor Raina MacIntyre, head of the biosecurity research program at the University of NSW's Kirby Institute, said it was vital for all returned travellers to be tested, as the 14-day incubation period was only an average.

"There are still a few people who can develop an infection after 14 days," she said.READ MORE


Victorian hot spots in lockdown from tonight but acting CMO questions border closures

Victoria has recorded another 73 new coronavirus cases today and residents of Melbourne's hotspot suburbs are preparing to enter lockdown from midnight tonight.

Testing, tracing and doorknocking is underway and police will be patrolling the boundaries of the locked-down postcodes.

Professor Raina Macintyre, Head of Biosecurity at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. HEAR Prof Raina Macintyre interview with ABC




How community transmission is very different to locally acquired coronavirus

The terms 'community transmission' and 'locally acquired' get thrown around a lot when we talk about coronavirus but they are not interchangeable.

So what's the difference, why does it matter and how do we prevent more outbreaks like those happening in Melbourne right now? READ MORE