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. Some people with mood disorders struggling amid pandemic

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0904 AEST | 1104 NZST

    Journal of Affective Disorders

    Disruption and ongoing instability as Australians navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is weighing heavily on people with a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, new research Read more about Some people with mood disorders struggling amid pandemic

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne|Swinburne University of Technology
  2. It’s easy as to reduce food waste with a new socials campaign

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. ... The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will kick off a new social media campaign to provide Australians with much needed Read more about It’s easy as to reduce food waste with a new socials campaign

    AustraliaFight Food Waste CRC
  3. High blood sugar may double the risk of death from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 11 Jul 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Diabetologia

    The study of over 600 patients found that abnormally high blood sugar, without a previous diagnosis of diabetes, is associated with more than double the risk of death from COVID-19 ... and also an Read more about High blood sugar may double the risk of death from COVID-19

    InternationalHuazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  4. Putting a stocking over your facemask may make it better at preventing COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Matter

    Tests of surgical and cloth masks have revealed that sticking nylon stocking material over the top of the masks can make them more effective at removing particles from the air, suggesting Read more about Putting a stocking over your facemask may make it better at preventing COVID-19

    InternationalNortheastern University, USA
  5. Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Genetic sequencing identified previously unsuspected links to other cases and decreased the proportion of COVID-19 cases with contentious links. ... The data also helped show there were genetically Read more about Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  6. Socio-economic, environmental impacts of coronavirus quantified

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1029 AEST | 1229 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    How is COVID-19 impacting people and the planet and what are the implications for a post-pandemic world? ... 8 trillion, triggering full-time equivalent job losses of 147 million and the biggest-ever drop Read more about Socio-economic, environmental impacts of coronavirus quantified

    Australia; International; NSW; QLDThe University of Sydney|The University of Queensland...
  7. Lower COVID-19 death rate linked to TB vaccination

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0917 AEST | 1117 NZST

    PNAS

    Researchers looking at socially similar European countries have found that the number of COVID-19 deaths is lower in areas with more widespread tuberculosis vaccination campaigns. ... The study authors Read more about Lower COVID-19 death rate linked to TB vaccination

    InternationalVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
  8. EXPERT REACTION: COVID-19-causing virus not likely to have come just from bat virus

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

    The scientists analysed the spike protein, which enables a virus to bind to and enter cells, for SARS-CoV-2 and the closely-related bat virus, RaTG13. ... They found that although the structures were Read more about EXPERT REACTION: COVID-19-causing virus not likely to have come just from bat virus

    International; NSWAustralian Science Media Centre|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  9. Pasteurising breast milk kills coronavirus

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    CMAJ

    They spiked human milk samples with the coronavirus, leaving some samples at room temperature, and heating the others to 65°C for 30 minutes. ... The virus was inactivated by the pasteurisation, which Read more about Pasteurising breast milk kills coronavirus

    InternationalSinai Health, Canada
  10. Lockdown feels slower if you're older, lonelier, or more stressed

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0855 AEST | 1055 NZST

    PLOS One

    A UK survey has confirmed the lockdown measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a time-warp effect. ... The time drag effect was also associated with higher stress and a lower task load. Read more about Lockdown feels slower if you're older, lonelier, or more stressed

    InternationalLiverpool John Moores University, UK
  11. Box designed to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 may increase exposure

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Anaesthesia

    Aerosol boxes have been promoted as a quick and simple solution to protecting frontline workers during the most risky procedures. ... The study simulated a doctor's exposure to airborne particles using Read more about Box designed to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 may increase exposure

    Australia; VICMonash University|Eastern Health
  12. Stress-linked 'broken heart syndrome' more common during COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    5 per cent pre-pandemic to 7. 8 per cent during the pandemic. ... The authors say that psychological, social, and economic stress related to the pandemic is likely the reason for this increase, rather Read more about Stress-linked 'broken heart syndrome' more common during COVID-19 pandemic

    InternationalCleveland Clinic, USA
  13. EXPERT REACTION: Should masks become mandatory in Melbourne?

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    As lockdown begins in Melbourne, questions are being raised about whether masks should be made mandatory in public places to help stem the rates of COVID-19, as is the case Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Should masks become mandatory in Melbourne?

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre|Deakin University|Swinburne University of Technology...
  14. How hot are the next 5 years likely to be?

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jul 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    years (2020-2024) and there is a 20 per cent chance that it will exceed 1. ... 5°C in at least one year. The predictions take into account natural variations as well as human influences on climate. Read more about How hot are the next 5 years likely to be?

    Australia; InternationalWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  15. Study of 17 million confirms factors that make COVID-19 more likely to kill

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jul 2020 at 1430 AEST | 1630 NZST

    Nature

    A study of 17 million people in the UK has confirmed that age, gender, ethnicity, and underlying medical conditions are all risk factors that affect your risk of dying from ... 19. The study found men Read more about Study of 17 million confirms factors that make COVID-19 more likely to kill

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  16. NZ scientists find weak points in coronavirus genes

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    International Journal of Molecular Sciences

    The weak points can be targeted by microRNA, part of a human cell’s immune system. ... Their findings open up the possibility of engineering artificial microRNA target sites on the virus for use in Read more about NZ scientists find weak points in coronavirus genes

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  17. EXPERT REACTION: Melbourne returns to stage 3 restrictions

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has this afternoon announced metropolitan Melbourne will return to stage 3 restrictions for the next 6 weeks amid growing cases of COVID-19. ... The restrictions, which will Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Melbourne returns to stage 3 restrictions

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of New South Wales...
  18. COVID-19 patients without symptoms must be detected and isolated to prevent outbreaks

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    PNAS

    US and Canadian scientists used computers to model the spread of COVID-19 from people who have yet to develop symptoms or don't have any symptoms, and say isolating only ... those who do have symptoms may Read more about COVID-19 patients without symptoms must be detected and isolated to prevent outbreaks

    InternationalYork University, Canada
  19. COVID-19 vaccine trial underway in Perth: First participants dosed after thousands register

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    An unprecedented number of people signed up to help in the fight against COVID-19 with more than 4000 registering for a vaccine trial at Perth’s Linear Clinical Research. Read more about COVID-19 vaccine trial underway in Perth: First participants dosed after thousands register

    Australia; WAHarry Perkins Institute of Medical Research|Linear Clinical Research
  20. Hydroxychloroquine scripts skyrocketed as COVID spread

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    The researchers found that in one month, around 300,000 additional patients received hydroxychloroquine from retail pharmacies, including an approximate additional 93,000 patients who received both Read more about Hydroxychloroquine scripts skyrocketed as COVID spread

    InternationalUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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