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. One in 5 worldwide estimated to have increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions

    Publicly released: Tue 16 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Global Health

    In New Zealand and Australia, the proportion of people at risk was even higher, at 24 per cent. ... However, the authors caution that their estimates are uncertain, because they only focus on underlying Read more about One in 5 worldwide estimated to have increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
  2. Social distancing might impact teens the most

    Publicly released: Mon 15 Jun 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

    On the plus side, they say the use of digital technologies and social media might mitigate some of the negative effects of social distancing by helping to maintain social connections between Read more about Social distancing might impact teens the most

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
  3. Australia is “an island in a sea of measles”

    Publicly released: Mon 15 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    MJA

    Australia is “an island in a sea of measles”, and vigilant clinicians and sustained, high level vaccination coverage are needed to combat its resurgence, according to Australian experts. Read more about Australia is “an island in a sea of measles”

    Australia; NSW; ACTThe University of Newcastle|The Australian National University
  4. Treatment plan helps keep young cancer patients home, eases pressure on UK health system during COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sun 14 Jun 2020 at 2000 AEST | 2200 NZST

    E Clinical Medicine

    An Australian program that avoids hospital admission for some young cancer patients with a fever is helping to ease pressure on the UK health system during the COVID-19 crisis. ... The AUS-rule system, Read more about Treatment plan helps keep young cancer patients home, eases pressure on UK health system during COVID-19

    Australia; NSWMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)|Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  5. New test detects coronavirus in 30 mins

    Publicly released: Sat 13 Jun 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    The current standard to test for SARS-CoV-2 requires expensive equipment and trained personnel only available in limited laboratories. ... The new test successfully detected the virus within 30 to 45 Read more about New test detects coronavirus in 30 mins

    InternationalBeaumont Health System, USA
  6. What kind of person hoards loo roll in a pandemic? Older organised worriers

    Publicly released: Sat 13 Jun 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    We Aussies led the world in over-enthusiastic dunny paper purchasing when COVID-19 first hit our shores (so proud), making international headlines, and leading to a surge in toilet paper ... worried and Read more about What kind of person hoards loo roll in a pandemic? Older organised worriers

    InternationalUniversity of St.Gallen, Switzerland
  7. Yet more evidence that much-hyped hydroxychloroquine can't fight COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Med

    A US study of data from 807 people hospitalised with COVID-19 at Veterans Affairs medical centers around the USA has found that hydroxychloroquine - with or without azithromycin - did not reduce Read more about Yet more evidence that much-hyped hydroxychloroquine can't fight COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine, USA
  8. Facemasks effectively reduce COVID-19 transmission, suggesting airborne spread

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    PNAS

    A comparison of trends in COVID-19 infections in Italy and New York City, before and after the implementation of mandatory face mask use, suggests that the measure prevented more than ... The findings Read more about Facemasks effectively reduce COVID-19 transmission, suggesting airborne spread

    InternationalTexas A&M University, USA
  9. Call for urgent action as COVID-19 mental health crisis exposed

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 0948 AEST | 1148 NZST

    JMIR Mental Health

    New data from two of South Australia’s preeminent mental health research institutes indicates the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social restrictions are having a greater impact on mental health Read more about Call for urgent action as COVID-19 mental health crisis exposed

    AustraliaSouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)...
  10. Sleeping more but maybe not as well: two studies reveal new sleep habits during lockdown

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 0836 AEST | 1036 NZST

    Current Biology

    Two studies investigated the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on sleeping patterns in North America and Europe. ... In the second study, US researchers asked 139 university students to fill out daily sleep Read more about Sleeping more but maybe not as well: two studies reveal new sleep habits during lockdown

    InternationalUniversity of Basel, Switzerland; University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
  11. Only one in three COVID-19 research authors are women

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    BMJ Global Health

    The team overall analysed 1370 COVID-19 papers, which had a total of 6722 authors. ... The study authors say these gender biases hint at wider gender inequalities in the global pandemic response, “which Read more about Only one in three COVID-19 research authors are women

    Australia; InternationalThe University of New South Wales|University of Oxford, UK
  12. Watch out for winter: COVID-19 may spread like a seasonal respiratory disease

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    US and Iranian scientists say patterns of COVID-19 contagion around the world as of March 10th 2020 suggest it may be a seasonal disease. ... Their analysis found all eight cities where the virus spread Read more about Watch out for winter: COVID-19 may spread like a seasonal respiratory disease

    InternationalUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
  13. Re-design mental health resources post-pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 12 Jun 2020 at 0000 AEST | 0200 NZST

    A group of New Zealand mental health experts argues that the Government should urgently re-design mental health resources in the wake of the stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... incorporating te Read more about Re-design mental health resources post-pandemic

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures
  14. A post-pandemic world: will populations be on the move? Study shows contagions could be catalysts for mass migration

    Publicly released: Thu 11 Jun 2020 at 1459 AEST | 1659 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    Could the world soon be on the move again in the wake of COVID-19? ... Theoretical modelling by the University of Sydney's Centre for Complex Systems has shown that populations typically disperse Read more about A post-pandemic world: will populations be on the move? Study shows contagions could be catalysts for mass migration

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  15. PPE and safety training for medical staff prevent COVID-19 infection

    Publicly released: Thu 11 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    Despite being at high risk of exposure to COVID-19, frontline healthcare professionals who were appropriately protected did not contract infection or develop protective immunity against the virus, Read more about PPE and safety training for medical staff prevent COVID-19 infection

    InternationalThe First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China
  16. EXPERT REACTION: Pre-print indicates potential earlier start to COVID-19 in China

    Publicly released: Wed 10 Jun 2020 at 1601 AEST | 1801 NZST

    The research looked at satellite data of hospital car parks in Wuhan and internet search terms related to COVID-19 symptoms finding activity spikes for both as early as August last ... year. However the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Pre-print indicates potential earlier start to COVID-19 in China

    InternationalAustralian Science Media Centre|Boston University, Harvard University
  17. The need for speed: policy paper looks at digital contact tracing solutions

    Publicly released: Wed 10 Jun 2020 at 1432 AEST | 1632 NZST

    New Zealand and Australian researchers have put together a working paper for policymakers outlining how digital contact tracing works and how to make the most of it. ... The paper authors explore how Read more about The need for speed: policy paper looks at digital contact tracing solutions

    Australia; New ZealandAUT University|The University of Queensland|University of Auckland...
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Is this the right time to allow mass gatherings in Australia?

    Publicly released: Wed 10 Jun 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    With calls to allow mass gatherings following large protests across Australia over the weekend - and the announcement that a crowd of 2240 is set to attend an AFL match in Adelaide Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Is this the right time to allow mass gatherings in Australia?

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WAAustralian Science Media Centre|Mater Research|The University of Queensland...
  19. Flexible work: likely or lip service beyond pandemic?

    Publicly released: Wed 10 Jun 2020 at 1035 AEST | 1235 NZST

    Flexible work has always been a drawcard for employees, but while managers have typically been reluctant to embrace flexible work arrangements, University of South Australia researchers warn that the Read more about Flexible work: likely or lip service beyond pandemic?

    Australia; International; SAUniversity of South Australia
  20. Widespread mask wearing helps safely exit lockdown - modelling

    Publicly released: Wed 10 Jun 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences

    A UK study modelled the effectiveness of facemasks in reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2. ... possible. The study authors say the key message from their analyses is, “my mask protects you, your mask Read more about Widespread mask wearing helps safely exit lockdown - modelling

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK

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