Is it worth shutting down schools?
The process of shutting down schools relates to what we know from influenza, which is that while COVID-19 doesn’t create serious disease in children it’s likely it does infect them and that children are spreaders and in influenza – they are are called super spreaders – and for some reason with influenza children share the virus and spread it a lot.
So while they are not getting sick with it, they might be spreading it so that’s why they are focussing on schools, but we still don’t know enough and in Australia we are not testing enough to really understand what’s happening with young people.
Last Reviewed: 26/09/2020
Are kids immune to coronavirus?
Children are not immune to coronavirus, but they do seem less susceptible to its effects.
Influenza - the flu
While a cold can make you feel under the weather, it’s not the same as the flu. Having influenza can make you feel miserable and tends to lay you flat for at least a few days, and often for a week or so.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There's no vaccine for COVID-19 now, but there are other vaccines you may need to stay fit and healthy.
In 2020, all Australians should get a flu vaccine as early as possible, as the COVID-19 pandemic converges on our flu season.
What is the advice if I am a healthcare worker and pregnant?
If you are a healthcare worker who's pregnant during this COVID-19 pandemic, there's a few things you need to do.