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. COVID-19 may cause high rates of heart damage

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Cardiology

    The first study found that in 100 German patents who had recently recovered from COVID-19, 78 had abnormal heart readings on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and 60 patients had signs ... of heart Read more about COVID-19 may cause high rates of heart damage

    InternationalUniversity Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, University Heart and Vascular Centre Hamburg, Germany
  2. If a COVID-19 patient breathes and coughs in a room, how much virus do they shed?

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The study used mathematical modelling to estimate the concentration of virus in a room generated by someone with COVID-19 coughing or just breathing. ... and coughing, they could release large numbers of Read more about If a COVID-19 patient breathes and coughs in a room, how much virus do they shed?

    InternationalSwiss Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health
  3. A dog a day keeps COVID loneliness at bay

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jul 2020 at 1704 AEST | 1904 NZST

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry

    The study surveyed 384 participants and asked them about their loneliness, mindfulness and mood, as well as their interactions with their dog or cat if they had one. ... While owning a cat didn't seem to Read more about A dog a day keeps COVID loneliness at bay

    Australia; VICMonash University
  4. Common anti-inflammatory drugs ok to use for COVID-19 symptom relief

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jul 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    The small study of 168 patients found that there was no increase in adverse outcomes in the 22 patients who took a COX-2 inhibitor which the researchers say supports ... They also found some early Read more about Common anti-inflammatory drugs ok to use for COVID-19 symptom relief

    InternationalNational Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore
  5. Social distancing, the weather and fewer people may explain why COVID spread less in some places

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Social distancing, weather and population density may have played role in reducing COVID spread, according to a US study, but social distancing likely had the most impact. ... The researchers were looking Read more about Social distancing, the weather and fewer people may explain why COVID spread less in some places

    InternationalChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
  6. Two layers better but three layers best when it comes to home-made face masks

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    Home-made cloth face masks likely need a minimum of two layers, and preferably three, to prevent the dispersal of viral droplets from the nose and mouth associated with the spread ... Using a high-speed Read more about Two layers better but three layers best when it comes to home-made face masks

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  7. 'Anthropause': The sound of seismic silence during lockdown

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Whole chunks of the globe have come to a stop for COVID-19 lockdowns, causing the longest and most prominent reduction in man-made noise on record. ... The researchers suggest the strong correlation Read more about 'Anthropause': The sound of seismic silence during lockdown

    Australia; New Zealand; International; ACTUniversity of Auckland|Victoria University of Wellington...
  8. Prominent Australians call for a plan to ensure the human future

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    The letter was written by the Commission for the Human Future, chaired by former Liberal party leader, John Hewson and points to ten major threats to human survival with pandemics such ... The letter Read more about Prominent Australians call for a plan to ensure the human future

    AustraliaThe Australian National University|Commission for the Human Future
  9. 'Surrogate' viruses could help us test for COVID-19 antibodies

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Medicine

    The body produces antibodies to try and prevent the COVID-19 virus from infecting cells, but the strength of the antibodies varies between patients, and we don't yet know how ... Testing antibodies Read more about 'Surrogate' viruses could help us test for COVID-19 antibodies

    InternationalThe Rockefeller University, USA
  10. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine shown ineffective against COVID-19 virus

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1429 AEST | 1629 NZST

    Nature

    Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, the antivirals described as a ‘miracle’ by President Trump, don’t seem to be effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 in macaques or human lung cells, Read more about Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine shown ineffective against COVID-19 virus

    InternationalLeibniz Institute for Primate Research, Germany
  11. We still don't know if cold weather makes COVID more likely

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Environmental and Resource Economics

    might be skewed because weather might also impact the number of tests performed and who gets tested. ... For example, in winter people tend to experience more respiratory diseases with symptoms similar Read more about We still don't know if cold weather makes COVID more likely

    InternationalThe University of Oxford, UK
  12. Had both your heart and wallet broken online? Take a survey to help others

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    With the cost of romance fraud to Australians jumping to $83 million last year, up from $60. ... 5 million in 2018, a global QUT survey seeks to better understand the techniques offenders use and protect Read more about Had both your heart and wallet broken online? Take a survey to help others

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  13. New drug targets the clots that can kill: a potential treatment for heart attack and stroke prevention

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    The drug – which has been studied in human cells and animal models – literally blocks the minute changes in blood flow that preempts a heart attack and acts on the platelets preventing Read more about New drug targets the clots that can kill: a potential treatment for heart attack and stroke prevention

    Australia; VICMonash University
  14. Leading organisations unite to discuss COVID-19 impact on hepatitis C elimination in Australia on World Hepatitis Day

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Australia’s leading drug and infectious disease organisations will join forces to call for a re-engagement in elimination of hepatitis C in an online event on World Hepatitis Day, Tuesday, Read more about Leading organisations unite to discuss COVID-19 impact on hepatitis C elimination in Australia on World Hepatitis Day

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  15. Both government and indivduals working together are our best bet in the COVID-19 fight

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    and keeping case numbers as low as possible, according to computer modelling study by Dutch and Portuguese researchers. ... A combination of self-imposed and government-imposed measures is the most likely Read more about Both government and indivduals working together are our best bet in the COVID-19 fight

    Australia; International; VICMonash University|Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, China
  16. Women’s burden increases in COVID-19 era

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Social Sciences

    The triple burden endured by women – in productive, reproductive and community roles – has been exposed and intensified due to COVID-19-enforced lockdown and quarantine restrictions. ... Researchers Read more about Women’s burden increases in COVID-19 era

    Australia; International; SAFlinders University
  17. How to help with problem gambling

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

    With the lure of online gambling high during COVID-19 lockdowns – and SA gambling venues now reopening – partners and families of problem gamblers may be the first to see a problem ... emerging. Many Read more about How to help with problem gambling

    Australia; VIC; SAFlinders University
  18. SARS-CoV-2 detected in donor's blood 40 days after COVID-19 symptoms cleared

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    COVID-19 patients without symptoms might pose a health risk to the safety of the blood supply, according to international researchers. ... Researchers say the confirmation that SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in Read more about SARS-CoV-2 detected in donor's blood 40 days after COVID-19 symptoms cleared

    InternationalStanford University, USA
  19. Land-based industries stayed the course during NZ's lockdown

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1027 AEST | 1227 NZST

    A new report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) says land-based industries like livestock, forestry, and agriculture were resilient during New Zealand’s lockdown period Read more about Land-based industries stayed the course during NZ's lockdown

    New ZealandNew Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
  20. More cancer deaths in England predicted due to COVID-19-related healthcare delays

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0920 AEST | 1120 NZST

    The Lancet Oncology

    New modelling research suggests around 3500 lives could potentially be lost to four common cancers in England over the next five years due to the disruption to cancer diagnosis services and Read more about More cancer deaths in England predicted due to COVID-19-related healthcare delays

    InternationalStudy 1: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Study 2: Institute of Cancer Research, UK

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