Coronavirus: does the common cold protect you from COVID?

Scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California showed that infection with common cold coronaviruses can generate an immune response that resembles key pieces of the immune response generated by SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19. This raises the possibility that previous infection with one of the milder coronaviruses could make COVID-19 less severe.

WHO is right: lockdowns should be short and sharp

WHO says the lockdowns are a good tactic in situations where the transmission is spiralling out of control and a threat that the health system will be overwhelmed. But they should not be used as the main strategy and the decision should be considered carefully.

Single-use masks could be a coronavirus hazard if we don't dispose of them properly

Evidence has shown masks likely do reduce the spread of COVID-19, so wearing them is a good thing – particularly as Victoria continues to grapple with a second wave. But one conversation we’re not having enough is around how to safely dispose of single-use masks. Disposing of used masks or gloves incorrectly could risk spreading the infection they’re designed to protect against.

Does your homemade mask work?

This post talks about various testing methods for checking the effectiveness of your homemade face masks. The purpose of these masks is to reduce the distance your breath travels to infect others.

Coronavirus is revitalising the concept of community for the 21st century

With more than a third of the world’s population in lockdown, there are widespread fears of social breakdown. As a historian of loneliness, I have recently been interviewed by journalists in Brazil, France, Chile and Australia, all pondering the same problems: what will the long-term effects of social isolation be? What techniques or habits might help us learn how to be alone?