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The Conversation • 31 Mar 2020

5 cara nutrisi dapat membantu sistem imun Anda melawan coronavirus

Selain makan bergizi, berhentilah merokok untuk meningkatkan kemampuan paru-paru Anda melawan infeksi. Berolahraga, cukup tidur, menjaga jarak sosial dan cuci tangan menggunakan sabun secara teratur.

The Conversation • 31 Mar 2020

Scary red or icky green? We can't say what colour coronavirus is and dressing it up might feed fears

Viruses exist in a realm where there is no light and colour has no meaning. In their COVID-19 depictions, designers, illustrators and communicators make some highly creative and evocative decisions.

The Conversation • 30 Mar 2020

How are the most serious COVID-19 cases treated, and does the coronavirus cause lasting damage?

In the most severe cases, COVID-19 patients need oxygen pumped directly into their airways, or even be hooked up to a machine that does the job of their heart and lungs.

The Conversation • 27 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: it's tempting to drink your worries away but there are healthier ways to manage stress and keep your drinking in check

Stress and boredom might see us drinking more alcohol at home in the coming weeks and months. But there are alternatives.

The Conversation • 27 Mar 2020

Want to make social distancing even more effective? It's about time (as well as space)

Social distancing is vital to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it doesn't have to be purely physical - we can separate ourselves in time too, by staggering our daily routines.

The Conversation • 20 Mar 2020

Trying to homeschool because of coronavirus? Here are 5 tips to help your child learn

Many school kids may be studying from home as their schools have closed or they need to isolate themselves for other reasons. Parents won't need to be teachers, but more teachers' aids.

The Conversation • 18 Mar 2020

How to clean your house to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infections

Cleaning surfaces, dishes and laundry the right way can help maintain hygiene in your house.

The Conversation • 17 Mar 2020

5 ways nutrition could help your immune system fight off the coronavirus

The food we eat influences our bodies' immune responses to infection. So focusing on nutrition is one thing we can do to help protect ourselves in the face of the coronavirus threat.

The Conversation • 10 Mar 2020

We're innovative when housing bushfire victims. Why not all the homeless?

Long before a fire season that destroyed 3,500 homes, more than 100,000 Australians were homeless. If only we showed the same urgency and innovation in housing them as we did for bushfire victims.

The Conversation • 6 Mar 2020

Denied full participation, Catholic women mobilise for change

Despite recommendations from the Child Abuse Royal Commission that church leaders develop measures to increase women’s participation and status in the church, the opposite is occurring.

The Conversation • 5 Mar 2020

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper? We asked four experts

Why toilet paper? Concerns about control and hygiene are the likely reason, according to experts

The Conversation • 4 Mar 2020

Explainer: what are the Australian government's powers to quarantine people in a coronavirus outbreak?

Australia's Biosecurity Act gives the government power to detain and isolate people who are suspected of being infected, with potentially harsh penalties for those who fail to comply.

The Conversation • 3 Mar 2020

Borong banyak barang untuk hadapi krisis bukan ‘belanja akibat kepanikan’, tapi tindakan rasional

Tidak ada perlunya menyerbu supermarket hari ini, tapi mengumpulkan persediaan barang adalah respons yang alamiah untuk mengantisipasi krisis

The Conversation • 3 Mar 2020

How much food should my child be eating? And how can I get them to eat more healthily?

Just one in 17 Australian children eats the recommended daily serves of vegetables. But it's tough getting kids to eat healthy foods. These tips might help.

The Conversation • 27 Feb 2020

Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn't 'panic buying'. It's actually a pretty rational choice

There's no need to raid the supermarket today, but gathering supplies is a reasonable response to the prospect of disaster

The Conversation • 26 Feb 2020

It might sound 'batshit insane' but Australia could soon export sunshine to Asia via a 3,800km cable

Sun Cable could provide Australia an alternative to the export business of coal and gas, and even reduce our export dependence on China.

The Conversation • 4 Feb 2020

Thinking about taking a break from alcohol? Here's how to cut back or quit

Around 30% of people who start FebFast don't make it through the month without alcohol. But you can increase your chances with careful planning and good support.

The Conversation • 31 Jan 2020

Yes, there's merit in quarantining people on Christmas Island to prevent the spread of coronavirus

An ancient practice to prevent the spread of infectious disease looks likely to make a comeback in modern-day Australia. Here's the rationale behind quarantining Australians returning from Wuhan.

The Conversation • 31 Jan 2020

Curious Kids: how do voices come out of our mouths?

The sound comes from our lungs and our voice box, which is at the front of the throat. Here's how it works.

The Conversation • 29 Jan 2020

Had constipation? Here are 4 things to help treat it

One in seven Australians report symptoms of constipation, which might include hard stools, straining to poo, or having fewer than three bowel motions a week. These four things can help.
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