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. Europe's COVID-19 lockdowns may have saved more than 3 million lives

    Publicly released: Tue 9 Jun 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Nature

    The UK authors used data on the number of deaths to infer changes in the course of the epidemic that resulted from lockdown measures. ... They estimated the number of deaths we would have seen had Read more about Europe's COVID-19 lockdowns may have saved more than 3 million lives

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  2. More than half of pregnant women in UK hospitals with COVID-19 are from black or other ethnic minority groups

    Publicly released: Tue 9 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    They say the high proportion of women from black or minority ethnic groups admitted with infection “needs urgent investigation and explanation”. ... Fortunately, most women had good outcomes, and Read more about More than half of pregnant women in UK hospitals with COVID-19 are from black or other ethnic minority groups

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  3. Assessing the effects of government policies to stop the spread of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 9 Jun 2020 at 0820 AEST | 1020 NZST

    Nature

    The team analysed data on the daily infection rates, case definitions, and the timing of anti-contagion policies implemented until 6 April in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France and the Read more about Assessing the effects of government policies to stop the spread of COVID-19

    New Zealand; InternationalManaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
  4. Impressive result for mental health therapy

    Publicly released: Mon 8 Jun 2020 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    Journal of Mental Health

    As Australia looks for the most efficient assessment and treatment of mental health in the era of COVID-19 lockdowns and disruptions, the outcomes of a national trail, published by Flinders Read more about Impressive result for mental health therapy

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  5. Global COVID lockdowns may slash $30 trillion from world economy but a rapid lift could cost us dearly

    Publicly released: Fri 5 Jun 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    International research on global supply chains has modelled the economic impact of global lockdowns from COVID-19 and found a 2 month lockdown of around 80 per cent can slash global ... lockdowns. The Read more about Global COVID lockdowns may slash $30 trillion from world economy but a rapid lift could cost us dearly

    New Zealand; InternationalTsinghua University, Beijing, China
  6. Obese kids may be more likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms

    Publicly released: Fri 5 Jun 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics / JAMA Network Open

    The study found that not all kids showed respiratory symptoms, and that those needing hospitalisation often had other illnesses. ... Kids with obesity were more likely to require mechanical ventilation. Read more about Obese kids may be more likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms

    InternationalColumbia University, USA
  7. Can an indigestion drug help people with milder COVID symptoms?

    Publicly released: Fri 5 Jun 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Gut

    A widely-available and inexpensive drug that is used to ease the symptoms of indigestion is the latest potential contender to treat COVID-19 infection, after ten people reported their symptoms Read more about Can an indigestion drug help people with milder COVID symptoms?

    InternationalCold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center, USA
  8. How well do social-distancing strategies work?

    Publicly released: Fri 5 Jun 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    As the world starts to back down on COVID-19 lockdown procedures, UK and Swiss researchers have looked at the effectiveness of three of the social-distancing strategies in place and ... They modelled how Read more about How well do social-distancing strategies work?

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  9. Australian drug chosen for global trial to treat COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 1800 AEST | 2000 NZST

    A drug developed by The University of Western Australia’s spinout company Dimerix will be used in a global trial to treat patients who have Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) as ... The drug, Read more about Australian drug chosen for global trial to treat COVID-19

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
  10. Over half of heart attack patients have avoided going to hospital fearing COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    European Heart Journal – Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes

    The research also found that of those who did go to hospital, 48 per cent arrived later than usual and beyond the optimal window for treatment. ... It is important to remind patients that hospital hygiene Read more about Over half of heart attack patients have avoided going to hospital fearing COVID-19

    InternationalAustralian Science Media Centre|University of Oxford, UK
  11. EXPERT REACTION: WHO restarts hydroxychloroquine trials after study data raises concerns

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 1214 AEST | 1414 NZST

    The WHO has restarted the hydroxychloroquine arms of its trials after earlier suspending them over safety concerns. ... The news comes as notices of concern are raised by two of the world's leading Read more about EXPERT REACTION: WHO restarts hydroxychloroquine trials after study data raises concerns

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; ACTThe University of Adelaide|The Australian National University...
  12. COVID-19 impact on pre-schooler mental health to be assessed

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    The mental health of Australian pre-schoolers will be assessed in a survey on how they and their families are coping with coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about COVID-19 impact on pre-schooler mental health to be assessed

    Australia; VIC; QLDThe University of Melbourne|The University of Queensland...
  13. Global Science TV launches 1st episode - Can the world tackle climate change with COVID-19 urgency?

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    And can we expect our leaders to pay just as much attention to scientific advice as we emerge from the pandemic? ... Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, Read more about Global Science TV launches 1st episode - Can the world tackle climate change with COVID-19 urgency?

    Australia; ACTAustralian Academy of Science|International Science Council
  14. Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for UN World Food Safety Day

    Publicly released: Thu 4 Jun 2020 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    The good news is that, since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020, reported rates of Campylobacter and Salmonella infections per 100,000 people in Australia have almost halved compared Read more about Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for UN World Food Safety Day

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council
  15. BACKGROUND BRIEFING: COVID-19 testing - ask an expert

    Publicly released: Wed 3 Jun 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Briefing recording now available With the news this week that a Queensland man returned a false-positive COVID-19 test following his death, questions are being raised as to the accuracy ... How do they Read more about BACKGROUND BRIEFING: COVID-19 testing - ask an expert

    Australia; VICAustralian Science Media Centre|Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
  16. Cutting through COVID-19 myths with science communication

    Publicly released: Wed 3 Jun 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Myths and conspiracies surround COVID-19 – so, how can scientists cut through the misinformation? Read more about Cutting through COVID-19 myths with science communication

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  17. Surgery appears risky for those with COVID19

    Publicly released: Tue 2 Jun 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    The Lancet

    The study looked at over 1000 patients from 24 countries who were COVID-19 positive at or around the time of their operation, and found that lung related complications occurred in ... An accompanying Read more about Surgery appears risky for those with COVID19

    Australia; International; VICMonash University|University of Birmingham, UK
  18. COVID-19: by how much do social distancing and masks reduce the risk?

    Publicly released: Tue 2 Jun 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    A UNSW biosecurity expert has featured in a commentary piece in prestigious journal The Lancet, analysing important new WHO-commissioned research. ... A combination of spatial distancing and personal face Read more about COVID-19: by how much do social distancing and masks reduce the risk?

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  19. COVID-19 could be a seasonal illness with higher risk in winter

    Publicly released: Tue 2 Jun 2020 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

    A study conducted in New South Wales during the early epidemic stage of COVID-19 has found an association between lower humidity and an increase in locally acquired positive cases. ... Researchers Read more about COVID-19 could be a seasonal illness with higher risk in winter

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  20. 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

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