May 17, 2020
42 days of infection? When coronavirus won't go away
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You probably think that coronavirus is a disease that takes 14 days to get over. That's how long isolation periods last.

But for some people, coronavirus is a slow burn, making them sick - sometimes critically - and keeping them infectious for weeks.

For example, we're still hearing about cases being connected back to the Ruby Princess, which docked in Sydney in March.

And while rare, some patients remain infectious for longer than a month.

So if some people remain infectious much longer than we think, could we get caught out if they go undetected?

On today's show:

* How long can people remain infectious for?

* Is the easing of restrictions because there’s less virus around or that we’re better at responding to outbreaks?

* Has SARS1 and MERS disappeared?

And we have all your creative, wonderful and scary ways to blow out birthday cake candles, without blowing on the cake.
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Policy Forum
The opposition in residence
The elections in New Zealand and the Australian Capital Territory delivered strong results to incumbent governments. But with Jacinda Ardern poised to govern without needing to form a coalition, and with a rising Greens vote in Canberra, what challenges are ahead for the victors? Plus we look at accountability in government and why there is no federal version of ICAC.   New Zealand’s election delivered a resounding victory to Jacinda Ardern, while in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor returned, the Greens grew, and the Liberals slumped. But could those strong results create challenges from inside their parties and, in the ACT’s case, their coalition partners? Analysing the election results with Professor Mark Kenny, as well as looking at public accountability from politicians, are Professor Paul Pickering and regular podleague Dr Marija Taflaga. Professor Paul Pickering is the Director of the ANU Australian Studies Institute. Dr Marija Taflaga is Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. Professor Mark Kenny is a Professor in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.   Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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