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Coronavirus might cause loss of smell, or anosmia. But it probably won't be permanent

Reports from South Korea, China and Italy say losing the sense of smell and taste may be a symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Specialists in the UK have suggested the loss of smell, also called anosmia, could even be an early indication of infection.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Like a key to a lock': how seeing the molecular machinery of the coronavirus will help scientists design a treatment

National Institutes of Health

In the race to develop a treatment for COVID-19, the disease threatening millions of lives around the world, scientists are studying every aspect of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes it.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Uncertain? Many questions but no clear answers? Welcome to the mind of a scientist

Watching the world adjust to the horrific new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, has led me to contemplate a much more important lesson we might be learning together as we face this crisis.

We’ve all been ripped out of our comfort zones, with so much of the familiar rhythm of daily life suddenly replaced by a pervasive, visceral uncertainty.

So many questions without answers. So many experts with differing views. A brutal realisation that things don’t work the way we always thought. Seeing infinite shades of grey instead of that comforting black and white world.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Click for urgent coronavirus update': how working from home may be exposing us to cybercrime

Apart from the obvious health and economic impacts, the coronavirus also presents a major opportunity for cybercriminals.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Nice to meet you, now back off! How to socially distance without seeming rude

Depending on your culture, you are probably used to greeting someone with a handshake, hug or nose bump. Well, not any more.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus infecting Australian jobs: vacancy rates down since early February


The economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus will be enormous. Only blind optimism can deny the dark realities of the moment.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Psychology can explain why coronavirus drives us to panic buy. It also provides tips on how to stop

In an address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his dismay at the hordes of “panic buyers” sweeping supermarket shelves clean across the

Originally published in The Conversation.

When fish gave us the finger: this ancient four-limbed fish reveals the origins of the human hand

Katrina Kenny, Author provided

One of the most significant events in the history of life was when fish evolved into tetrapods, crawling

Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus: telcos are picking up where the NBN is failing. Here's what it means for you

Telecommunication providers are taking positive steps to meet consumers’ demands in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) is being urged to reduce its wholesale broadband charges for these providers.

Originally published in The Conversation.