Olivia Willis, ABC.net.au

Olivia Willis


Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Olivia:

Black Lives Matter protests are happening at the same time as social distancing. What does this mean for protesters' health?

Protesting is legal in Australia, but there are currently restrictions on public gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Even in places where protests are permitted, how can you mitigate risks to your health while making your voice heard? → Read More

What's in a hug? How to think about risk as coronavirus restrictions lift

Dinner parties, playdates and family gatherings are back on the cards. But how do we socialise safely, and how long will social distancing last? → Read More

Who's leading the race? A guide to coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline

The coronavirus vaccine race is unprecedented in scale and scope. ABC Health takes a look at some of the vaccines that have made it to human trials. → Read More

Coronavirus restrictions are easing but that doesn't mean the pandemic is over, health experts warn

Each day brings announcements of easing coronavirus restrictions, and many of us are preparing for life to go feeling hopeful. But with a potential vaccine at least 12 to 18 months away, what exactly does our 'new normal' look like? → Read More

Remdesivir: How promising is the antiviral drug approved for coronavirus in the US?

Hopes are high for antiviral drug remdesivir. But will it work against coronavirus? → Read More

Can Australia's coronavirus contact tracing app COVIDSafe lift the country out of lockdown?

The Government says the more people use COVIDSafe, the faster we can get to the pub. But is there evidence a smartphone app can help protect you from COVID-19? → Read More

Coronavirus restrictions are beginning to lift. Is it too early? We ask four health experts

The curve is flattening, the growth factor is below one, but is it still too early to ease coronavirus restrictions? We asked four health experts what Australia should be doing next. → Read More

Mental health toll of coronavirus to create 'second wave' of pandemic, experts warn

As Australia continues to flatten its curve of coronavirus cases, mental health experts are warning a "much deeper, longer curve" lies ahead as the psychological toll of the pandemic sets in. → Read More

The 'cytokine storm': What's behind the COVID-19 'second-week crash'?

In some cases of COVID-19, it may be the body's response to the virus, rather than the virus itself, that ultimately causes harm. → Read More

Can you get coronavirus twice? What we know so far about COVID-19 and immunity

People infected with COVID-19 are likely to generate some immunity, but it's unclear for how long. → Read More

NZ is in Stage 4 lockdown and 'the envy of the world'. Should we follow?

If Australia is running a marathon in how it tackles coronavirus, New Zealand has opted for something closer to a sprint. → Read More

Coronavirus face masks: myths and misinformation debunked

We're staying at home and washing our hands, but should we wear a face mask when we go to the supermarket? → Read More

Should we wear face masks even when we're not sick with COVID-19? The WHO revisits its advice

Advisers to the World Health Organisation are considering whether to suggest new guidance for the public on wearing face masks as a way to limit the spread of coronavirus. → Read More

'There's no formal ceremony', but it's OK to grieve the loss of your personal freedom

While many of us have been feeling understandably anxious or frightened in recent weeks, not all of us may have recognised that part of what we're feeling is grief. → Read More

Australians urged to get their flu shot as soon as possible

GPs are encouraging Australians to get their flu vaccination as soon as possible to reduce strain on the health system being caused by COVID-19. → Read More

Recognising the impact a pandemic can have on your mental health

As coronavirus and the social distancing measures implemented to contain it start to become a new normal, many of us are grappling with its emotional toll. → Read More

Can coronavirus linger in the air, even if someone leaves the room?

Is it possible for coronavirus to linger in the air? And can you catch it even after someone who is infected with it has left the room? → Read More

There is a shortage of face masks. This is who really needs them

Coronavirus is now spreading in the Australian community. But are face masks necessary for when you step outside the house? → Read More

Do I have a cold or coronavirus?

The odds of having COVID-19 are much lower than having the common cold or flu. But it's important you know what to look out for — and where you can get help. → Read More

'I've spoken to two people face-to-face this week': mental health in a time social distancing

Being connected to others is important for our wellbeing. So how do we do it during the coronavirus outbreak? → Read More