Australia’s coronavirus outbreak: How it’s different to other outbreaks
Public health experts are warning that the coronaviruses that have spread around the world are different from those that have already been around for decades.
The world has had an outbreak of the coronovirus since 1976 and more than 400 people have died.
It’s a different world.
“There are a lot of similarities,” Professor David Nutt said.
“It’s a virus that’s not really a disease.
It spreads by airborne, not through blood or saliva.”
“I think the biggest difference is that it’s not a contagious disease, and people have been vaccinated against it.”
Professor Nutt is director of the Centre for Global Health Research at the University of Melbourne.
In the last decade or so, he said, there has been a shift away from a focus on stopping the spread of the virus through vaccination.
“The public has grown more worried about the spread and not just about the disease itself,” he said.
Instead, he thinks people are now more concerned about the possible effects of the vaccine on their health.
For example, in some countries, such as the US and Australia, people who receive the vaccine are much more likely to become infected with the virus and have to go to hospital.
In others, such and the US, vaccination rates are much higher, making it less likely that people will be able to get the vaccine and get sick.
The new approach has been hailed as a step forward, but experts are concerned it could lead to more people contracting the virus by mistake.
Professor Tim O’Brien, a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health at the Alfred Hospital, said the coronaviovirus had been known to slip through the cracks.
He said in the past few years there had been some significant changes to the way vaccines were made, such that they were made less potent and that they used a different formulation of the same vaccine. AAP/ABC