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Who’s most affected on public transport in the time of coronavirus?

who’s most affected on public transport in the time of coronavirus?
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Picture: Glenn Campbell/AAP The coronavirus pandemic is already affecting Australians’ daily travel, with suspension of public transport services a possibility as the number of COVID-19 cases grows. A common goal underpinning containment strategies in pandemic-like conditions is that the impacts should be borne as equitably...

Scalable without limit: how the government plans to get coronavirus support into our hands quickly

scalable without limit: how the government plans to get coronavirus support into our hands quickly
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Image: Shuttlestock The government says its second stimulus package – the second in ten days – is temporary and targeted, but that’s not really true. What it is is big, automatic, and infinitely increasable. The first package, released ten days ago, cost A$17.6 billion. This one costs an extra...

Frozen, canned or fermented: when you can’t shop often for fresh vegetables, what are the best alternatives?

frozen, canned or fermented: when you can’t shop often for fresh vegetables, what are the best alternatives?
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Image: Shuttlestock If you’re trying to reduce your trips to the shops as you practise social distancing and contribute to “flattening the curve” of the coronavirus spread, you might be wondering what it means for your vegetable crisper. Fresh vegetables need replacing often and, thanks to...

Coronavirus: how long does it take to get sick? How infectious is it? Will you always have a fever? COVID-19 basics explained

coronavirus: how long does it take to get sick? how infectious is it? will you always have a fever? covid-19 basics explained
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Image: Shuttlestock You’re probably inundated with news and messages about coronavirus at the moment. But how do you know if you’re consuming evidence-based information or just speculation and myth? There’s still a lot we don’t know but here’s what the evidence tells us so far about...

Getting creative with less. Recipe lessons from the Australian Women’s Weekly during wartime

getting creative with less. recipe lessons from the australian women’s weekly during wartime
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Image: Giorgio Trovato/Unsplash Over the past few weeks, Australians have become used to seeing empty shelves in their local supermarkets. Coronavirus-induced panic buying has quickly depleted stocks of products like pasta, rice and flour. Major supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths have introduced restrictions on the purchase of these...

Should I cancel my wedding? My kid’s birthday party? Why the government has banned indoor gatherings of over 100 people

should i cancel my wedding? my kid’s birthday party? why the government has banned indoor gatherings of over 100 people
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Image: Shuttlestock Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this morning gatherings of more than 500 people outdoors would be banned, along with gatherings of more than 100 people indoors, in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus. This ban will greatly affect events across the country – especially...

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? some relief is just weeks away
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A supermarket in south London, March 15 2020. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling items at exorbitant prices. When will things get back to...

Social distancing can make you lonely. Here’s how to stay connected when you’re in lockdown

social distancing can make you lonely. here’s how to stay connected when you’re in lockdown
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Image: Shuttlestock COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a challenge for everyone. We know positive social support can improve our capacity to cope with stress. But right now we’re being asked to keep our distance from others to minimise the spread of the virus. Many people...

Why are older people more at risk of coronavirus?

why are older people more at risk of coronavirus?
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Image: Shuttlestock As we learn more about COVID-19, it’s increasingly clear that your risk of severe illness and death increases with age. Children under nine years of age seem to be largely unaffected, either with no or mild symptoms. None have died as a result of the...

To limit coronavirus risks on public transport, here’s what we can learn from efforts overseas

to limit coronavirus risks on public transport, here’s what we can learn from efforts overseas
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Picture: Yale Wong, Author provided Public transport in our cities is highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks such as the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, public transport is the lifeblood of our cities, so it’s desirable to keep services running as long as possible. Australia can learn from what...