Resources for Journalists

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new virus strain, SARS-CoV-2, that has not been previously identified in humans. See below for a collection of resources to help you cover the coronavirus story as it unfolds (Please note: additional resources are available to journalists who are logged in).

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  1. Risk of COVID-19 spreading in schools and childcare is very low

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

    Real world data from the first wave of COVID-19 infections in NSW has shown that the risk of children and staff transmitting the virus in schools and early childhood education ... 2 per cent). A second Read more about Risk of COVID-19 spreading in schools and childcare is very low

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney|NSW Government|The University of Newcastle...
  2. Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    MJA

    Researchers estimated infection growth rates pre- and post-introduction of the Stage 3 measures in 10 postcodes in Melbourne on 1 July 2020. ... 75), as opposed to the 8314 cases diagnosed in Victoria Read more about Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute|Monash University|Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  3. Used COVID-19 PPE could be turned into biofuels instead of landing in landfill

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Biofuels

    Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels, according to Indian researchers. ... And, unlike the plastics used in PPE, the resulting Read more about Used COVID-19 PPE could be turned into biofuels instead of landing in landfill

    InternationalUniversity of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India
  4. The scoop on 5G: University of Sydney experts available to comment

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 1730 AEST | 1930 NZST

    On Monday night ABC Four Corners will explore 5G technology, investigating conspiracy theories that say it causes COVID-19, as well as how it is set to revolutionise the Internet. ... University of Read more about The scoop on 5G: University of Sydney experts available to comment

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  5. Food menu fit for pandemic times

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Health Promotion Journal of Australia

    On the heels of devastating bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, eating well in a sustainable way is more important now than ever, Flinders University experts say. ... Eating local’ and growing Read more about Food menu fit for pandemic times

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  6. More Australians travelling for social reasons since initial COVID-19 restrictions

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 0934 AEST | 1134 NZST

    A rising number of Australians are travelling for social and recreational reasons since the initial coronavirus travel restrictions were set up, according to initial findings of a survey by the Read more about More Australians travelling for social reasons since initial COVID-19 restrictions

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  7. Disability workers face illness risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 0922 AEST | 1122 NZST

    Disability Support Workers (DSWs) are risking illness with minimal training during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, a new survey has found. Read more about Disability workers face illness risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  8. EXPERT REACTION: South Australian COVID-19 vaccine trial clears phase 1

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    It is being reported today that South Australian company Vaxine is to begin phase two trials of its COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccine was found to be safe and generate ... Led by Professor Nikolai Read more about EXPERT REACTION: South Australian COVID-19 vaccine trial clears phase 1

    Australia; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Mater Research|The University of Queensland
  9. Two candidate vaccines show promise in protecting monkeys against COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Nature

    The first vaccine, being trialled by Johnson and Johnson, is a single-dose vaccine made from an adenovirus - a type of common cold virus. ... However, there was no difference in nasal shedding of the Read more about Two candidate vaccines show promise in protecting monkeys against COVID-19

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
  10. Antiviral drug "probably" helps with severe COVID-19, but more evidence still needed

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    The BMJ

    An expert panel has made a “weak recommendation” for using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat severe cases of COVID-19. ... The review shows that remdesivir "probably reduces length of hospital Read more about Antiviral drug "probably" helps with severe COVID-19, but more evidence still needed

    InternationalMcMaster University, Canada
  11. Younger kids may help COVID-19 spread as restrictions ease

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    Kids under five may be important drivers of the COVID-19 virus spreading, according to US researchers who found young children with COVID-19 had more of the virus' genetic material ... The authors say the Read more about Younger kids may help COVID-19 spread as restrictions ease

    InternationalLurie Children’s Hospital, USA
  12. COVID-19 dogs could be sniffing out cases in months

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    It is hoped the first COVID-19 detection dogs could be working within months, and would complement existing methods by providing low-cost, instantaneous and reliable screening. Read more about COVID-19 dogs could be sniffing out cases in months

    Australia; International; SAThe University of Adelaide
  13. EXPERT REACTION: Victoria records 723 new COVID-19 cases

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Victoria has today recorded 723 new COVID-19 cases - the country's highest daily total to date. ... There are now 4,516 active cases in metropolitan Melbourne and 255 in regional Victoria. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Victoria records 723 new COVID-19 cases

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of Queensland...
  14. Convalescent plasma treatment added to Australian COVID-19 trials

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Convalescent plasma has been introduced to the AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial (ASCOT) and Randomised, Embedded, Multi-factorial, Adaptive Platform Trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (REMAP-CAP) Read more about Convalescent plasma treatment added to Australian COVID-19 trials

    Australia; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  15. People with COVID-19 could test positive for up to 35 days

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    The researchers found no links between longer viral RNA shedding and symptom severity, however they did find that people who shed viral RNA for longer had less active immune cell responses Read more about People with COVID-19 could test positive for up to 35 days

    InternationalNational Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore
  16. Why does COVID-19 hit some nursing homes but not others?

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    A study of nursing homes in the US has found that facilities with COVID-19 cases were more likely to be for-profit facilities, have higher rates of deficiencies and complaints, ... The authors say that Read more about Why does COVID-19 hit some nursing homes but not others?

    InternationalPerelman School of Medicine, USA
  17. SARS-CoV-2 may have diverged from bat viruses approximately 40–70 years ago

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 1015 AEST | 1215 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    The authors suggest RaTG13 (the bat virus identified as the most closely related virus to SARS-CoV-2) and SARS-CoV-2 share a single ancestral lineage and estimate that ... CoV-2 genetically diverged from Read more about SARS-CoV-2 may have diverged from bat viruses approximately 40–70 years ago

    InternationalPennsylvania State University, USA
  18. Boosting the immune system with other vaccines could mitigate COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Biology

    g. measles, flu, or polio). They suggest that these vaccines would “trigger” a broad immune response that could help combat the novel coronavirus. ... The study authors say this article is intended to Read more about Boosting the immune system with other vaccines could mitigate COVID-19

    InternationalStanford University, USA
  19. Depression, stress and anxiety climb for Aussies during COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The study surveyed more than 5,000 people in late March to early April and asked them about their anxiety levels and how they were coping over the outbreak. ... 9 per cent) said they were very concerned Read more about Depression, stress and anxiety climb for Aussies during COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|Black Dog Institute
  20. Paramedics also need care

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    BMC Psychiatry

    As COVID-19 dominates the health system, paramedics and other health workers’ own health and wellbeing is in the spotlight. ... A new Flinders University publication highlights the interaction between Read more about Paramedics also need care

    Australia; SAFlinders University

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