Will life ever return to normal after coronavirus lockdown? I Inside Story

It’s now more than four months since the COVID-19 started spreading from Wuhan in China.
Although the pandemic hasn’t stopped, some countries with falling infection rates are slowly easing lockdown restrictions.
Small shops and restaurants are reopening in a dozen countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.
Some school children are returning to class.
A few more domestic flights are taking off, and train services are increasing frequency.
What are the risks of a second wave of infections?
And how should we adapt to life post lockdown?

Presenter: Bernard Smith

Guests:
John Nicholls – Clinical Professor in Pathology at the University of Hong Kong
Donna Dawson – Psychologist specialising in personality and behaviour
David Alexander – Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • Queensland’s new vaccine campaign | 7NEWS
  • Why Canadians should brace for bigger cell phone bills
  • In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

    3 Recent Items: Hong Kong

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  • In This Story: Lockdown

    During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

    3 Recent Items: Lockdown

  • ‘Gen Z’ Thai protesters and police blame each other for violence at key Bangkok intersection
  • New fears of COVID superspreader event after Bondi Beach party | 7NEWS
  • Police crack down on protesters at St Kilda beach | Melbourne protests | ABC News
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