It's much more likely your child's symptoms are caused by a common respiratory virus than COVID-19. But it's important to follow testing guidelines and keep them home if they're unwell.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
National Museum of Health and Medicine
A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 will occur in waves.
A pandemic from a century ago doesn’t necessarily chart the course of the pandemic happening now.
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Differences in the viruses' biology and societal contexts mean there's no guarantee today's pandemic will mirror the 'waves' of infection a century ago.
A potential vaccine for coronavirus is undergoing a human trial in Australia. It's based on a vaccine that was already in development for influenza, and has shown promise in animal studies.
‘The Scream,’ by Edvard Munch, hand-coloured lithograph version from 1895.
Artist Edvard Munch depicted despair provoked by disease in turn-of-the-century works. In these coronavirus times, his iconic image speaks to our anxieties about illness and societal collapse.
Early research has pointed to a link between severe illness with COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency. But there's more to the story.
Thinking about getting the flu shot? This may help you decide.
The flu vaccine will not protect you from getting COVID-19. But it will help avoid unnecessary doctors' visits and protect vulnerable groups from potentially more severe disease.
Social distancing could also stem the spread of influenza.
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Early evidence from Japan suggests protective measures against COVID-19 may also be protecting us against influenza.
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The 14th century Black Death pandemic catalysed enormous societal, economic, artistic and cultural reforms in Medieval Europe. Infectious disease pandemics can be major turning points in history.
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Only a tiny number of viruses are able to make the jump from animals to humans.
Yes, there'll probably be fewer flu cases this year. But getting your flu jab anyway will limit transmission further, and may result in fewer flu cases ending up in our already strained hospitals.
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (pink dots) on a dying cell.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.
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Australia has had more than 100 years to get its pandemic public health messaging right. Here's what we have and haven't learnt from the 1918 influenza pandemic.
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Strict quarantine measures have been shown to be more effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 than closing schools.
Stray cows rest on a New Delhi street during a one-day civil curfew to combat coronavirus. Cattle may have been central to a coronavirus outbreak in 1890.
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Could the 1889-1890 pandemic have been the result of cow coronaviruses jumping to humans?
How do you know what you're reading and hearing about COVID-19 is based on fact not myth? Here are the basics, and we've created an at-a-glance infographic to make it easier to digest.
Getting vaccinated against the flu, washing your hands and social distancing are three ways you can help reduce the impact of both the flu and coronavirus.
U.S. Red Cross volunteers in 1918.
The so-called 'Spanish flu' didn't actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?