Resources for Journalists

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  1. Gene edited mice can be infected with coronavirus like people

    Publicly released: Fri 29 May 2020 at 1140 AEST | 1340 NZST

    Cell Host and Microbe

    While the mice had high viral loads in the lungs as expected, coronavirus RNA was also found in brain tissue, and it took a tenfold higher dose of the virus for ... The mice have been gene edited to have Read more about Gene edited mice can be infected with coronavirus like people

    InternationalAcademy of Military Medical Sciences, China
  2. Face masks may help stop COVID-19 spreading through families

    Publicly released: Fri 29 May 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    BMJ Global Health

    research. They surveyed 460 people from 124 families in Beijing, China, with at least one case of COVID19, and asked about their household hygiene and behaviours during the pandemic. ... They found that Read more about Face masks may help stop COVID-19 spreading through families

    Australia; International; NSWThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  3. Baby born to COVID19 positive parents allowed to remain with them.

    Publicly released: Fri 29 May 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    The woman presented to hospital at just over 40 weeks gestation with upper respiratory symptoms and was later confirmed to have COVID19 as was her partner. ... Both parents observed strict viral Read more about Baby born to COVID19 positive parents allowed to remain with them.

    Australia; QLDBond University|Gold Coast University Hospital
  4. Relaxing social distancing could mean a resurgence of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 28 May 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Like Australia, Ontario has so far has kept COVID-19 cases below ICU capacity, but the authors warn that if the number of contacts between people returned to more than 50 ... per cent of normal, the Read more about Relaxing social distancing could mean a resurgence of COVID-19

    InternationalAustralian Science Media Centre|University of Toronto, Canada
  5. Aussie-made 3D-printed nasal swabs could help address global shortages

    Publicly released: Thu 28 May 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    MJA

    An Aussie-made 3D-printed nasal swab has been shown to be as effective as commercially available products, and it is hoped that local production of the swabs may help address ... Further modifications Read more about Aussie-made 3D-printed nasal swabs could help address global shortages

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne|Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  6. For now, psychology is our best anti-coronavirus tool

    Publicly released: Thu 28 May 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Aside from a vaccine or cure, knowledge of human behaviour and psychology may be the best means of controlling the spread of COVID-19. ... In a new, freely available book, University of Queensland Read more about For now, psychology is our best anti-coronavirus tool

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  7. EXPERT REACTION: How common is asymptomatic COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Thu 28 May 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    Two papers published today highlight the asymptomatic nature of COVID-19. In a JAMA Network Open paper, researchers highlight that in a study of 78 patients, 42. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: How common is asymptomatic COVID-19?

    Australia; NSWAustralian Science Media Centre|Macquarie University...
  8. What sort of people tend not to show symptoms with COVID19?

    Publicly released: Thu 28 May 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The study compared 33 COVID19 positive people who were asymptomatic, while 45 patients who showed symptoms of the disease. ... They also found they had less consumption of a key immune cell, Read more about What sort of people tend not to show symptoms with COVID19?

    InternationalWuhan University, China
  9. Pandemic hits programmers’ productivity and wellbeing

    Publicly released: Wed 27 May 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    arXiv

    Software developers are finding their productivity and wellbeing has been hit as a result of COVID-19. ... But employers shouldn’t make decisions, such as to promote or lay them off, based on Read more about Pandemic hits programmers’ productivity and wellbeing

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
  10. Preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

    Publicly released: Wed 27 May 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, Perth researchers are getting one step ahead – embarking on a new study designed to prepare parents and government for a potential ... Funded thanks to Read more about Preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

    Australia; WATelethon Kids Institute|The University of Western Australia
  11. EXPERT REACTION: WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial amid safety fears

    Publicly released: Tue 26 May 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    The World Health Organization has announced it will temporarily suspend a trial into anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 due to safety concerns. ... The decision follows a study Read more about EXPERT REACTION: WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial amid safety fears

    Australia; VIC; SA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of Adelaide...
  12. Could public transport fail to return to 'normal'? Expert available

    Publicly released: Tue 26 May 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    N/A

    Professor David Levinson from the Faculty of Engineering’s School of Civil Engineering is an expert in transport engineering and is available to comment on the effects of the COVID-19 Read more about Could public transport fail to return to 'normal'? Expert available

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  13. Gig economy may hold some hope for jobs in age of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 26 May 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    With more than 100 digital platforms operating in Australia, the gig economy could offer a lifeline to some who have lost their regular jobs due to COVID-19. ... But it won't suit everyone and may even Read more about Gig economy may hold some hope for jobs in age of COVID-19

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)...
  14. Antiviral drug may cut COVID-19 recovery time, reduce death rate

    Publicly released: Tue 26 May 2020 at 0956 AEST | 1156 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    Patients taking remdesivir had a median recovery time of 11 days, and an estimated mortality rate of 7. ... 1 per cent - compared to the placebo group which had 14 day median recovery time and 11. Read more about Antiviral drug may cut COVID-19 recovery time, reduce death rate

    InternationalNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US
  15. First published COVID-19 vaccine study promising

    Publicly released: Mon 25 May 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    The Lancet

    Within a month of getting the Ad5 vectored COVID-19 jab, most of the 108 participants saw a four-fold increase in binding antibodies, and a rapid T cell response. ... No severe negative reactions were Read more about First published COVID-19 vaccine study promising

    InternationalBeijing Institute of Biotechnology, China
  16. Trump’s ‘game-changer’ COVID-19 drug may increase risk of death

    Publicly released: Mon 25 May 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    The Lancet

    Researchers analysed data from nearly 15,000 patients receiving the drugs and 81,000 control patients, finding a death rate of almost one in four for those receiving hydroxychloroquine, compared to Read more about Trump’s ‘game-changer’ COVID-19 drug may increase risk of death

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  17. COVID-19 recovery can benefit biodiversity

    Publicly released: Mon 25 May 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Science

    Griffith University researchers outline how the COVID-19 pandemic provides governments across the globe with an opportunity to correct our environmental trajectory and deliver a shot in the arm for Read more about COVID-19 recovery can benefit biodiversity

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
  18. 10 reasons 'immunity passports' may not work

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    Nature

    In addition, existing antibody tests are unreliable, and the level of testing needed to certify people as free to work might never reach more than a few per cent of a ... Finally, because immunity Read more about 10 reasons 'immunity passports' may not work

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  19. Having had SARS unlikely to help protect you against COVID-19, cell study suggests

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    Cell Reports

    Antibodies from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) bind to to SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, but are unable to offer any immunity, say international researchers who Read more about Having had SARS unlikely to help protect you against COVID-19, cell study suggests

    InternationalUniversity of Hong Kong
  20. Key stats found in tracing COVID-19's spread in NZ

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 1106 AEST | 1306 NZST

    The authors suggest this could be due, in part, to measures put in place in early- to mid-March, including: the cancellation of mass gatherings, the isolation of international arrivals, and Read more about Key stats found in tracing COVID-19's spread in NZ

    New ZealandTe Pūnaha Matatini

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