COVID-19: The facts
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Find out about COVID-19
Responses to and management of the COVID-19 pandemic are evolving as the spread of the virus continues in Australia and globally.
To help people understand the changing situation and make decisions, the Australian Academy of Science is producing articles and videos based on the latest available knowledge. This information aligns with advice from the Australian Government Department of Health, and it is important that directives from the Department of Health and other jurisdictions such as state and territory governments are followed.
On this page are our articles and videos that present up-to-date information.
- COVID-19: How many will be infected?
- COVID-19: Insights from Professor Ian Frazer
- COVID-19: Can you get reinfected?
- COVID-19: How can we prepare?
- COVID-19: when will a vaccine be produced?
- COVID-19: flattening the curve
- COVID-19: why is testing important?
- How does COVID-19 affect children?
- COVID-19: how does self-isolation help?
- COVID-19 vs flu
- COVID-19: transmission
- COVID-19: questions answered
26 March 2020 Precautions needed to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as isolating yourself from others, may be making you feel anxious and stressed. What can you do to care for your mental health?
27 March 2020 Professor Ian Frazer answers how many people will be infected by the virus in the long term, and other questions.
27 March 2020 Academy Fellow, Professor Ian Frazer, is one of the world’s leading immunologists and co-creator of the HPV vaccine. He’s been keeping a close watch of COVID-19 and shares his expert insights in this longer interview.
27 March 2020 Professor Raina MacIntyre from UNSW Sydney answers more questions on COVID-19, specifically about reinfection of the virus.
26 March 2020 Professor Carola Vinuesa, Co-Director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology at the Australian National University, answers questions about preparing for COVID-19.
20 March 2020 Professor Damian Purcell, Doherty Institute, explains the process of producing a vaccine.
20 March 2020 Professor Robert Booy, University of Sydney, explains why flattending the curve of COVID-19 infections is important.
19 March 2020 Professor Raina MacIntyre from UNSW Sydney answers questions on COVID-19 testing.
18 March 2020 Professor Robert Booy, University of Sydney, talks about COVID-19 and children and pets.
18 March 2020 Professor Damian Purcell, Doherty Institute, discusses self-isolation to reduce the rate of COVID-19 spread.
12 March 2020 Professor Robert Booy, University of Sydney, explains the difference between COVID-19 and the flu.
8 March 2020 Professor Robert Booy, University of Sydney, explains how the virus is transmitted and what to do if you have possible symptoms. NOTE: The answer about public events has been superseded. See the Department of Health for restrictions on gatherings of people.
1 March 2020 Professor of Global Biosecurity Raina MacIntyre, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney, answers important questions about COVID-19.