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. EXPERT REACTION: Two COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0833 AEST | 1033 NZST

    The Lancet

    Compared to the control group (given a meningitis vaccine), the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine caused minor side effects more frequently, but some of these could be reduced by taking paracetamol, and ... group. Most Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Two COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK; Jiangsu Provincial Center of Disease Control and Prevention, China
  2. Italy may have understated COVID-19 deaths

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Italian and Colombian researchers suggest that the reported deaths from COVID-19 in Italy have been understated, after comparing average death rates over the past five years. ... by the virus, and Read more about Italy may have understated COVID-19 deaths

    InternationalUniversity of Milan, Italy
  3. NEWS BRIEFING: How is COVID-19 impacting Australia's flu season?

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Listen back as two infectious disease experts from the Immunisation Coalition run us through the numbers of the flu season so far and forecast what might be in store - for both ... the flu and COVID-19 - Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: How is COVID-19 impacting Australia's flu season?

    Australia; NSW; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Immunisation Coalition...
  4. Steroid cuts deaths by one-third among patients critically ill with COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 18 Jul 2020 at 0200 AEST | 0400 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    In the dexamethasone group, the incidence of death was 29. 3 per cent compared to 41. ... 4 per cent in the usual care group among patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Read more about Steroid cuts deaths by one-third among patients critically ill with COVID-19

    InternationalOxford University, UK
  5. Victoria should aim to eliminate not suppress COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    MJA

    Epidemiologists have presented a 10-point plan to help Melbourne and Victoria achieve the elimination of COVID-19 within the 6-week lockdown period. ... They say that under the “Standard” policy Read more about Victoria should aim to eliminate not suppress COVID-19

    Australia; New Zealand; VICThe University of Melbourne|University of Otago
  6. Lessons to be learned from a COVID-19 outbreak in a NSW aged-care facility

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    MJA

    The COVID-19 outbreak in the Dorothy Henderson Lodge nursing home in Sydney showed that optimal infection prevention and control practice among trained staff in aged care facilities cannot be assumed Read more about Lessons to be learned from a COVID-19 outbreak in a NSW aged-care facility

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  7. Three-day testing deadline to limit COVID-19 spread

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    The Lancet Public Health

    Researchers find that any contact tracing delays need to be balanced by quicker testing, to keep the virus from spreading exponentially. ... The researchers say contact tracing can be sped up with mobile Read more about Three-day testing deadline to limit COVID-19 spread

    InternationalUtrecht University, Netherlands
  8. Up to 87% of COVID cases in Wuhan may have gone undetected

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature

    Undetected cases of COVID-19 probably had a major role in the rapid spread of the disease and could lead to a resurgence of infections upon lifting of restrictions too early, ... The authors say the large Read more about Up to 87% of COVID cases in Wuhan may have gone undetected

    InternationalHarvard University, USA, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  9. Coronavirus is messing with the weather forecast too

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Geophysical Research Letters

    Research shows the world lost 50 to 75 per cent of its aircraft weather observations between March and May of this year, when many flights were grounded due to COVID-19 ... The researchers say forecasts Read more about Coronavirus is messing with the weather forecast too

    InternationalLancaster University, UK
  10. Blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    ACS Sensors

    Research by Monash University in Australia has been able to detect positive COVID-19 cases using blood samples in about 20 minutes, and identify whether someone has contracted the virus. Read more about Blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes

    Australia; VICMonash University
  11. Different approach needed to ‘buy time’ and tackle COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Pharmacology Research & Perspectives

    A prominent Australian pharmacologist has called for a new approach to treating COVID-19 as hopes fade of finding an effective vaccine or antiviral before the end of the year. Read more about Different approach needed to ‘buy time’ and tackle COVID-19

    Australia; NSW; SAUniversity of South Australia|The University of Newcastle
  12. COVID-19 severity is increased even in patients with mild obesity

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    European Journal of Endocrinology

    When it comes to COVID-19, it seems being even a little obese can put you at higher risk of severe complications and even death. ... intensive care and death in COVID-19 patients, regardless of age, Read more about COVID-19 severity is increased even in patients with mild obesity

    InternationalUniversity of Bologna, Italy
  13. Australian researchers track COVID-19 in wastewater from plane and cruise ship passengers

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Journal of Travel Medicine

    Australian scientists say testing of aircraft and cruise ship wastewater upon arrival has detected genetic fragments of the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2, marking a step forward in using this Read more about Australian researchers track COVID-19 in wastewater from plane and cruise ship passengers

    Australia; QLDCSIRO|The University of Queensland
  14. Social distancing? Get a robot friend

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science Robotics

    US roboticists argue that metal assistants shouldn’t just have to do the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” tasks associated with treating and managing the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Their commentary piece Read more about Social distancing? Get a robot friend

    InternationalYale University, USA
  15. Is Working From Home the biggest move in transport since the advent of the car?

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Jul 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    The unintended consequence of increased Working From Home (WFH) arising from COVID-19, is a demonstration how it has the ability to tame traffic on the roads and crowding in public ... transport. The Read more about Is Working From Home the biggest move in transport since the advent of the car?

    Australia; VICiMOVE Australia
  16. Ideal method for rapid disease testing

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Jul 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Materials Chemistry Frontiers

    In the pandemic age of telehealth and new technologies, remote site lab or point-of-care (POC) testing of biofluids is a potentially rapid and non-invasive way to test for ... Now scientists at Flinders Read more about Ideal method for rapid disease testing

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  17. Llama antibodies could help us fight COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

    Nanobodies are small, stable and easily produced, and are already used for diagnostics and imaging. ... The researchers identified two closely related nanobodies (H11-H4 and H11-D4) that can block the Read more about Llama antibodies could help us fight COVID-19

    InternationalThe Rosalind Franklin Institute, UK
  18. Immune response to COVID-19’s spike protein – the secret to a successful vaccine?

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Coronavirus particles have a corona (crown) of proteins that resemble spikes, which enable the virus to attach and enter cells in humans. ... Institute) was keen to investigate how the immune system, Read more about Immune response to COVID-19’s spike protein – the secret to a successful vaccine?

    Australia; NSW; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  19. COVID-19 disruptions could cause surge in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria deaths

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Global Health

    Disruption to health services due to the COVID-19 response could cause a surge in deaths from other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, finds UK research. ... The researchers say the Read more about COVID-19 disruptions could cause surge in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria deaths

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  20. Strong close relationships key in coping with pandemic, twin study shows

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0910 AEST | 1110 NZST

    A new study of twins and triplets shows how our close social relationships are vital in how we cope with the upheaval of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more about Strong close relationships key in coping with pandemic, twin study shows

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne

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