Video #21 COVID-19: Viruses floating in the air

In this program, Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra are joined by Dr Kerry Mills, who explains that when you cough, sneeze, or speak, the droplets that come out of your body are different sizes. The big ones are heavier so they drop to the ground, but the little droplets float into the air. These are the most dangerous because they cannot be seen. You can talk about them in relation to being able to smell salt water from a long way from the beach. The difference however, is that salt water can be smelt, but you cannot smell the little droplets with viruses in them. This explains why the government is so worried about people being close together indoors, because the spread of coronavirus can happen very quickly.


The traditional worldview of Yolŋu means they want in-depth, science-based information in order to understand any new topic. This is what Yolŋu call the “dhuḏi-dhäwu” – the deep true story. This full series of videos attempts to answer some of their questions from a Yolŋu worldview, using their linguistic construction of knowledge.

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Please note: Videos 1–7 are currently not available due to the unfortunate passing of one of the presenters. These videos will come back online again once permission is given from the family. Thank you for your understanding.