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. Cholesterol-lowering drugs linked to lower COVID death rate

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 1019 AEST | 1219 NZST

    Cell Metabolism

    The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins is associated with a lower death rate and a lower incidence of needing mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, according to Read more about Cholesterol-lowering drugs linked to lower COVID death rate

    InternationalWuhan University, China
  2. Researchers advise mass masking in NZ

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    Researchers and medical professionals from across New Zealand are calling for the widespread use of non-medical masks to strengthen efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Read more about Researchers advise mass masking in NZ

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  3. Supporting NZ's elite athletes during the pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    COVID-19 and its social consequences have affected New Zealand's elite athletes in a number of ways, including their mental and physical health. ... The guidelines include recommendations for sport Read more about Supporting NZ's elite athletes during the pandemic

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|High Performance Sport New Zealand
  4. Generic gout drug colchicine slows COVID-19 progress in patients

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Jun 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    A generic drug used to treat gout, colchicine, slowed the time taken for COVID-19 patients to become seriously ill, compared with patients who were not given the drug, according to ... The Read more about Generic gout drug colchicine slows COVID-19 progress in patients

    InternationalNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  5. The most prominent voices of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Epidemiologists and immunologists enjoyed record media attention during the coronavirus pandemic but their profile still paled in comparison to that of politicians and public health officials, Read more about The most prominent voices of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed

    Australia; SAStreem|Australian Science Media Centre
  6. Buying time: Drug repurposing key to treating COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 24 Jun 2020 at 1422 AEST | 1622 NZST

    Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, Wiley

    e. the way the patient responds to the virus. The host response (as distinct from virus) is the cause of admissions to the intensive care unit and also and the cause ... The repurposing of existing drugs Read more about Buying time: Drug repurposing key to treating COVID-19

    Australia; NSW; SAThe University of Newcastle|University of South Australia
  7. Australians ‘do the right thing’ when following COVID-19 advice

    Publicly released: Wed 24 Jun 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    A survey of 1420 Australians conducted at the height of the pandemic shows the majority changed their behaviour to be socially responsible, even when the threat seemed low. Read more about Australians ‘do the right thing’ when following COVID-19 advice

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  8. Urban biodiversity focus of pandemic rebuild

    Publicly released: Wed 24 Jun 2020 at 0005 AEST | 0205 NZST

    EcoHealth (Springer)

    The #HealthyRecovery initiative, signed by more than 4500 health professionals from 90 countries, urges G20 Presidents and Prime Ministers to legislate and fund projects to enable ecological Read more about Urban biodiversity focus of pandemic rebuild

    Australia; New Zealand; International; SAFlinders University|Curtin University
  9. COVID-19 modelling suggests social distancing and face masks could make lockdowns unnecessary

    Publicly released: Tue 23 Jun 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    But any lockdowns must last a minimum of 60 days to prevent the disease spreading and a second wave of cases occurring within months, they add. ... They accounted for the spread of infection from Read more about COVID-19 modelling suggests social distancing and face masks could make lockdowns unnecessary

    InternationalBarcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain
  10. EXPERT REACTION: Major cyber attacks on Aussie governments and business

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, “the activity is targeting organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Major cyber attacks on Aussie governments and business

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
  11. Research into early detection and prediction of severity of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    COVID-19 continues to surprise researchers with a seemingly never ending stream of common complications affecting multiple organs systems including the gut, liver, heart and brain. ... Further research is Read more about Research into early detection and prediction of severity of COVID-19

    Australia; International; WAMurdoch University
  12. Call the midwife has translated from the screen into real life

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Women and Birth

    A new study by University of South Australia researchers shows that the preference for midwifery-led care in pregnancy has doubled in the past 20 years. Read more about Call the midwife has translated from the screen into real life

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  13. COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic may have a weaker immune response

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    The researchers studies 37 asymptomatic patients and found they had lower levels of virus-specific antibodies and lower levels of immune-signalling molecules called cytokines. ... The authors say this Read more about COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic may have a weaker immune response

    InternationalChongqing Medical University, China
  14. COVID-19 lockdowns may impact economic inequalities

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 0824 AEST | 1024 NZST

    PNAS

    highest number of people earning less than the average income, and therefore had the greatest income inequality. ... The study authors conclude that, without targeted fiscal interventions, lockdown could Read more about COVID-19 lockdowns may impact economic inequalities

    InternationalPolytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  15. Measles origin finding could inform COVID-19 research

    Publicly released: Fri 19 Jun 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    The team sequenced the DNA of a measles strain from 1912 and looked backwards to assess when the virus likely arose in human populations, dating this at around 6th century BCE. ... In an accompanying Read more about Measles origin finding could inform COVID-19 research

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Sydney
  16. Your blood group may make you more susceptible to COVID19

    Publicly released: Thu 18 Jun 2020 at 1600 AEST | 1800 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The researchers conducted a study looking at the entire genetic code of almost 2,000 patients with severe COVID19. ... They identified a section of DNA  which covered six genes on one chromosome linked Read more about Your blood group may make you more susceptible to COVID19

    International
  17. Study reveals dual impact of technology on worker’s mental health

    Publicly released: Thu 18 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Australian Journal of Management

    With millions of people working from home throughout the coronavirus outbreak, new research from the University of Sydney has identified key strategies to safeguard mental health including following Read more about Study reveals dual impact of technology on worker’s mental health

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|Black Dog Institute
  18. EXPERT REACTION: UK research claims steroid dexamethasone reduces death in severe COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 17 Jun 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Overnight, the University of Oxford in the UK has released the results of a trial into dexamethasone, a low cost steroid, as a treatment for COVID-19. ... The authors say the drug reduced deaths by Read more about EXPERT REACTION: UK research claims steroid dexamethasone reduces death in severe COVID-19

    Australia; International; NSW; QLD; SA; ACTThe Australian National University|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)...
  19. Self-isolating and contact tracing key to COVID19 control

    Publicly released: Wed 17 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    Self-isolation and intensive contact tracing with physical distancing measures - such as limits on daily social or workplace contacts - might be the most effective and efficient way to achieve and Read more about Self-isolating and contact tracing key to COVID19 control

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of New South Wales|London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
  20. International collaboration to study the complete COVID-19 journey in WA

    Publicly released: Tue 16 Jun 2020 at 1800 AEST | 2000 NZST

    The Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) at Murdoch University is partnering with the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK on a study designed to capture the complete Read more about International collaboration to study the complete COVID-19 journey in WA

    Australia; WAMurdoch University

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