• Australia’s response to the Spanish flu tolls a warning for today

    Frank Bongiorno     |      March 25, 2020

    Australian states are finally enforcing social isolation, as they did a hundred years ago against Spanish Flu, but the worst is yet to come. Neither should restrictions be lifted too quickly, as many Australians were killed by a second wave of Spanish Flu in the autumn of 1919.

  • Mental health and resilience in the time of COVID-19

    Emily Berger     |      March 25, 2020

    While the mental health risks of COVID-19 are of concern, there are measures that can be put into place now to support people emotionally, including clear communication, financial support, ways for people to socially connect during quarantining and social distancing, and adequate resources for work and education to continue.

  • We’re running out of time to fight this epidemic

    John Daley     |      March 24, 2020

    Our best hope to limit the long-term economic damage and to save the lives of our friends and families is to do everything we can to reverse the spread of this virus.

  • The maths and ethics of minimising the COVID-19 toll

    Nick Wilson     |      March 24, 2020

    The Australian Government must clarify its COVID-19 strategy, but to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of either ‘flattening the curve’ or an eradication endgame.

  • An empty world

    Sara Oscar     |      March 23, 2020

    Images of empty public spaces – from the streets of Ginza, to soccer stadiums, to the Venice canals, to lone masked travelers on buses, trains and trams – evoke a sense of apocalyptic films and the end of days.

  • Helping your children with schoolwork at home

    David Roy     |      March 23, 2020

    The Prime Minister wants to keep schools open, but the states are pressing for closures and many parents are already keeping their children at home. So, if your children are home from school, what can you do to support their online studies?

  • Endgame C – It’s time for a total lockdown

    John Daley     |      March 22, 2020

    Nobody likes talking about the COVID-19 endgame, but we need to choose one. The appropriate interventions – public health, government spending, and freedom of movement – all depend on the endgame we choose.

  • Politicians are part of the problem

    William Bowtell     |      March 22, 2020

    Australia’s politicians have bungled the nation’s response to the growing coronavirus crisis with a series of half-hearted restrictions and confused messages. It’s time for them to get out of the way.

  • A matter of trust

    Alan Petersen     |      March 22, 2020

    The public panic surrounding COVID-19 around the world, manifested in the hoarding of food, toilet paper and other basic necessities – is driven by a general decline of confidence and trust in authorities and credentialled experts.

  • How to care for yourself if you catch COVID-19

    John Thompson     |      March 21, 2020

    From managing your symptoms to good hygiene at home, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 there are some steps you can take to make your isolation more comfortable.

  • Kids still need to exercise

    Open Forum     |      March 21, 2020

    As social distancing policies come into play and schools progressively cancel sports, excursions and extra-curricular activities, the temptation to fill the void with yet-more screen time should be avoided.

  • Discussing coronavirus with your kids

    Monique Robinson     |      March 19, 2020

    If questions are being asked in your family, here’s a guide to help you navigate the issues around coronavirus and explain the changes it’s bringing to your children’s lives.