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. Fact sheet provides snapshot of ongoing health and economic risks caused by COVID-19 in Australia

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    A fact sheet on COVID-19 and the demographic distribution of health and economic risks, released by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), provides a current snapshot Read more about Fact sheet provides snapshot of ongoing health and economic risks caused by COVID-19 in Australia

    AustraliaARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)
  2. Quantifying China’s chronic health burden for the first time

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Global Health

    University of Melbourne researchers have quantified the toll that having multiple chronic diseases takes in China for the first time, which could have significant implications for its economic and Read more about Quantifying China’s chronic health burden for the first time

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Melbourne
  3. Shutdown gives scientists unique opportunity to study Hobart air quality using RV Investigator

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Scientists are making the most of having CSIRO research vessel Investigator in port during the COVID-19 shutdown by using the ship’s instruments to collect valuable data about Hobart’s Read more about Shutdown gives scientists unique opportunity to study Hobart air quality using RV Investigator

    Australia; TASCSIRO
  4. Identifying which interventions work best in a pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Behavioural interventions, such as handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing, are being used around the world to reduce the spread of COVID-19. ... Writing in the latest Science Policy Forum, Read more about Identifying which interventions work best in a pandemic

    InternationalPrinceton University, USA
  5. Small survey finds public education on COVID-19 successful

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    A small survey suggests that efforts to educate the public about COVID-19 were largely successful in the early stages of the pandemic. ... The results found that participants understood the main modes of Read more about Small survey finds public education on COVID-19 successful

    AustraliaMonash University
  6. First month of Australian data shows children at low risk of COVID-19 infection, no hospitalisations

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Emergency Medicine Australasia

    In the first 30 days since seeing their first patient, the number of children testing positive to COVID-19 at an Australian tertiary paediatric hospital has been low and none who ... contracted the virus Read more about First month of Australian data shows children at low risk of COVID-19 infection, no hospitalisations

    Australia; InternationalMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
  7. Doctors suggest five actions to improve the health of all NZers post-pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 22 May 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    These include increased regulation of the sale and advertising of liquor, taxing sugary drinks, limiting the marketing of junk food, regulating gambling, and using supply reduction policies for Read more about Doctors suggest five actions to improve the health of all NZers post-pandemic

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|University of Otago
  8. EXPERT Q&A: What is hydroxychloroquine?

    Publicly released: Thu 21 May 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    It's been touted by Donald Trump and is the subject of a number of trials around the world and now in Australia - but what exactly is hydroxychloroquine and what can ... Dr Ian Musgrave from the Read more about EXPERT Q&A: What is hydroxychloroquine?

    Australia; International; SAThe University of Adelaide|Australian Science Media Centre
  9. New model predicts the spread of COVID-19 – and how to manage financial and economic risks

    Publicly released: Thu 21 May 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    SSRN

    A new study shows mathematical models normally reserved for the world of finance can very accurately predict the spread of COVID-19. Read more about New model predicts the spread of COVID-19 – and how to manage financial and economic risks

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  10. People are terrible at using facemasks properly

    Publicly released: Thu 21 May 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The most common problems were misplaced straps, leaving a gap between the mask and the skin, and failing to tighten the nose grip, with older people tending to make more mistakes ... Providing an Read more about People are terrible at using facemasks properly

    InternationalNational University Hospital, Singapore
  11. Scientists identify factors linked to severity of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 20 May 2020 at 1900 AEST | 2100 NZST

    Nature

    Genomic sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were taken from more than 100 samples, and the results indicate that the infections could be divided into two viral lineages, in agreement ... Overall, their data Read more about Scientists identify factors linked to severity of COVID-19

    InternationalFudan University, China
  12. COVID-19: could saliva tests replace nasal swabs?

    Publicly released: Wed 20 May 2020 at 1519 AEST | 1719 NZST

    Diagnostics

    Saliva could be humanity’s best friend in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Queensland researchers have found. Read more about COVID-19: could saliva tests replace nasal swabs?

    InternationalThe University of Queensland
  13. Mental health of COVID-19 doctors and nurses revealed

    Publicly released: Wed 20 May 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Medical personnel treating coronavirus cases in China have higher rates of anxiety and other mental health symptoms than the general population. ... They found that compared to a national average, doctors Read more about Mental health of COVID-19 doctors and nurses revealed

    InternationalThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Ningbo College of Health Sciences, China
  14. COVID-19 puts the brakes on global emissions

    Publicly released: Wed 20 May 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Climate Change

    New research published in Nature Climate Change presents an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on global fossil carbon dioxide emissions. ... Peak declines were experienced in April when lock-downs across Read more about COVID-19 puts the brakes on global emissions

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalCSIRO
  15. COVID-19 prevention trial opens for high-risk healthcare workers

    Publicly released: Wed 20 May 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    The first gold standard Australian clinical trial to determine whether the drug hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 is now open. ... The study, called COVID SHIELD, is recruiting frontline and allied Read more about COVID-19 prevention trial opens for high-risk healthcare workers

    Australia; International; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
  16. Artificial intelligence may help COVID-19 testing

    Publicly released: Tue 19 May 2020 at 1900 AEST | 2100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    US and Chinese researchers applied AI algorithms to chest computed tomography (CT) images of 905 patients in China. ... The model, when applied to a smaller test set of patients, proved as accurate as a Read more about Artificial intelligence may help COVID-19 testing

    InternationalIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  17. Exploring COVID-19’s psychological impact

    Publicly released: Tue 19 May 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    An international consortium of researchers is exploring COVID-19’s psychological effects in 18 countries, and how compassion can help reduce pandemic-related stress. Read more about Exploring COVID-19’s psychological impact

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  18. COVID-19: How likely are you to test positive?

    Publicly released: Tue 19 May 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    Older age, being male, deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are associated with a positive test for COVID-19, say UK researchers looking at Read more about COVID-19: How likely are you to test positive?

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  19. SARS-CoV-2 blocked by antibodies from recovered SARS patient

    Publicly released: Tue 19 May 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    Nature

    Antibodies from recovered SARS patients could help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. ... The researchers suggest that different antibodies could be combined to create a Read more about SARS-CoV-2 blocked by antibodies from recovered SARS patient

    InternationalHumabs Biomed SA, Switzerland, University of Washington, USA, Vir Biotechnology, USA
  20. Understanding the long-term mental health impacts of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 19 May 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    The Lancet Psychiatry

    Researchers in the UK have published the first systematic review and meta-analysis looking at the psychiatric consequences of coronavirus infections in over 3,550 patients hospitalised with SARS, Read more about Understanding the long-term mental health impacts of COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, UK, University of Pavia, Italy

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