Should my cat wear a mask? Is the vaccine vegan? Here some of your most interesting COVID-19 questions we answered

The ABC initially did a call out for your coronavirus questions more than a year ago and ever since, you have actually asked us whatever under the sun — even tossed some curly ones our method.

And we kept a record of our favourites (out of 172,000) which came in handy to mark our 1 year anniversary of the questions job.

Here are some of the more unexpected ones we got:

1. Should my cat wear a mask?

Coronavirus was a complicated time for all of us so naturally, lots of of you were worried about securing yourself and your liked ones — even those of a various types.

When news of a household pet and a tiger testing positive appeared, questions about securing your furry buddies turned up.

“Should my cat wear a face mask when it goes outside?”


While chances of infection are slim, it is great practice to keep away from Mr. Whiskers if you are feeling unhealthy.

But hey, if apes are now getting the vaccine, this may be one not to fuss about anytime quickly!

2. Could the infection have originated from people initially?

Human-to-animal transmission was said to be unlikely in the early days of the pandemic.

But alarm bells on animal-to-human transmission did ring when minks tested positive to coronavirus in Denmark.

“Could this virus’s origins be from human transmitted to animal and then back to human?”

Cool theory, however while the hunt for patient zero is ongoing, most researchers have actually concurred that SARS-CoV-2 stemmed from bats.

Word on the street is that a second animal is highly likely to be part of that formula.

3. Can you capture COVID if you stop to smell the roses?

Admiring flowers from afar on your night walks may simply be the COVID-safe method.(

ABC News: Widia Jalal


We’ve checked out the possibility of aerosol transmission on public transport, in plumbing systems and hotel quarantine and on flights.

But there were likewise worries about capturing COVID-19 while walking your area.

“Could I catch Covid-19 from smelling roses on my walk? I’m not touching but breathing in deeply roses that others may have been doing the same?”

A Japanese study also looked at the spread in offices, which restates the value of using a mask for security versus COVID.

The ABC has yet to release anything about infection by fragrant plants on your night strolls.

But we do understand that the virus is airborne, so for what it’s worth, you may wish to hesitate prior to packing your nose in those gorgeous things.

4. Can farts send the infection?

“If the virus can turn up in faeces, does that mean that farts could be a transmission route?”

Our preferred coronavirus podcast chose this one up and stated bare-bottom farting a complete no-no in this episode.

This response comes as not a surprise considered that faecal matter is an important tell-tale sign.

We even went behind-the-scenes to discover how sewage testing works.

I indicate, why else would China introduce anal swabs?

5. Are the vaccines vegan? Kosher?

Your questions got more sophisticated as soon as we knew more about the virus and the vaccines in development.

Most of your questions are now centred on vaccines that are being rolled out in Australia.

“Are any of the vaccines vegan — that is, not made from animal components?”

“Are the COVID-19 vaccines that are being used in Australia kosher (able to be taken by practicing Jews)?”

The approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products so they’re ideal for individuals and neighborhoods with specific ethical views.

A blue glove holds two covid vaccine bottles.
There were issues about animals being utilized in vaccine advancement.(

Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images through Getty Images


In reality, spiritual leaders from numerous faiths such as Islam, Judaism, and Christianity motivate fans of their faith to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

But lots of of you had ethical issues due to the fact that animals were used to develop and test these vaccines.

However, this piece from ethicist Ben Bramble offers a thorough description regarding why vegans can get the COVID-19 vaccine in good conscience.

6. Could kids be bring the treatment?

We’ve rephrased the above concern due to the fact that the real one was a little darker.

“Can children’s blood heal corona?”

Research has actually revealed that children are less likely than adults to spread COVID-19.

Studies have actually likewise revealed that children have less chance of getting infected and are protected from severe COVID-19 infections.

7. Vitamins or vaccines?

Illustration of Vitamin C, Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine.
Vitamins are ruled out options to the COVID-19 vaccine.(

ABC News: Widia Jalal


You had issues regarding whether we’re too based on vaccines to assist us handle the infection and if specialists are taking a look at alternative services.

“Why not examine the growing evidence that Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine and intravenous Vitamin C are useful and effective treatments for Covid-19 infection?”

There are reasons specialists aren’t too eager to greenlight existing medical treatments, consisting of:

Research is still being done nevertheless to see if other drugs might be utilized as COVID-19 treatments.

When it pertains to vitamin supplements, new research has shown that Vitamin D won’t stop you from getting respiratory diseases.

There is likewise no scientific evidence that supports the use of vitamin C to prevent COVID-19 and getting a vaccine is the only thing that will boost your immune system.

8. A glass of scotch a day to keep the infection away?


Some of you are not going to like our response to the concern listed below.

“Will a good scotch (as opposed to cheap rubbish) prevent an infection from becoming a disease?”

Unfortunately, according to our cherished Dr Norman Swan, a glass of scotch (whether it’s great or ‘rubbish’) will only give a placebo effect when it pertains to eliminating any infections.

9. How does a infection endure in sewage?

The pandemic has actually definitely altered our handwashing routines in the previous year — and a bottle of hand sanitiser is something that we can no longer leave the home without!

But as one reader asked:

“If washing hands with soap kills the virus, how does the virus survive in sewage?”

While handwashing is a reliable type of infection control, routine soap does not eliminate the infection and just removes the virus from our hands.

A man looking at samples
Sewage screening is important in forming a Australia’s action to COVID-19.(

ABC News: Brendan Esposito


Viral residues in sewage might likewise originate from our bowels given that research study has actually revealed that individuals can shed the virus in their stools for approximately 8 weeks!

Finally, there were questions that we simply could not address.

They did keep us captivated though so we’re including this one anyhow.

“I am currently working from home. My neighbour is doing bad Mariah Carey karaoke. She is not good. Can I claim workers compensation for bleeding eardrums.”

Although you can’t declare employees payment, we would suggest asking your neighbour (well) to decline the volume.

Alternatively, you might constantly join them (while practicing social distancing of course).


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