Coronacast
Coronacast
Nov 23, 2020
Is coronavirus seasonal after all?
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As coronavirus has now had a year to spread around the world, scientists are starting to become more confident the virus could be more seasonal than originally expected.

Models are showing caseloads in America, which will soon be in winter, will possibly plateau around January.

So if coronavirus is seasonal, what could that mean for Australia's next winter?

On today's show:

* If the world just stood still for two weeks would coronavirus die altogether?

* What is the latest with the Queensland University vaccine?

* I don't have a smart phone and have no intention of getting one. Will I be turned away from any venues in NSW because I can't complete a QR code?
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Nature Podcast
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Hiring discrimination laid bare by mountain of data
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