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: Was COVID-19 in Europe in March 2019?

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jul 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    A recent pre-print study has claimed to have found traces of COVID-19 in Spain in March 2019, well before the first reported case in Europe. ... The yet to be peer-reviewed research tracked SARS-CoV-2, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Was COVID-19 in Europe in March 2019?

    Australia; International; NSWAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of New South Wales
  2. We ignore airborne spread of COVID-19 at our peril

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jul 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Clinical Infectious Diseases

    A plea issued by 239 scientists from around the world to recognise and mitigate airborne transmission of COVID-19 addressed to international health authorities is published in the journal Clinical Read more about We ignore airborne spread of COVID-19 at our peril

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  3. Demand for COVID-19 rehab places could be the next strain on our health system

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jul 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    MJA

    Many rehabilitation units are not prepared to meet needs of survivors of COVID-19 and subsequent waves of the virus would strain the rehabilitation sector, say health experts. ... amputations). The Read more about Demand for COVID-19 rehab places could be the next strain on our health system

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Wollongong|The University of Sydney|The University of New South Wales...
  4. More caution needed to keep older adults safe from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    PLOS One

    Older adults might be expected to be more compliant with social distancing rules, given the increased risk of COVID-19 at older ages. ... The author says our elderly population must continue to be Read more about More caution needed to keep older adults safe from COVID-19

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland
  5. Preprint about a 'more contagious strain' of coronavirus changed in peer review

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 1053 AEST | 1253 NZST

    Cell

    The preprint stated a variant of the virus had a particular mutation to its spike protein, making it "more transmissible" than other forms, representing an "urgent concern" for containment and Read more about Preprint about a 'more contagious strain' of coronavirus changed in peer review

    InternationalLos Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  6. Testing tuberculosis vaccine combinations for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Sydney researchers are taking an innovative approach to designing potential COVID-19 vaccines - using a tuberculosis vaccine to deliver components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Read more about Testing tuberculosis vaccine combinations for COVID-19

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Sydney
  7. Call for immunology to return to the wild

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Integrating a more diverse set of species and environments could enhance the biomedical research cycle, according to a 'Perspectives' article from more than 10 universities and research institutes, Read more about Call for immunology to return to the wild

    Australia; International; VIC; TASUniversity of Tasmania|Menzies Institute for Medical Research...
  8. Making and breaking friendships in Brazil

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Now Kiwi and Japanese researchers have surveyed Brazilians in the first country-wide study of friendships and romantic relationships to better understand how different cultures make and choose Read more about Making and breaking friendships in Brazil

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Waikato
  9. Those with COVID-19 could also be at increased risk of stroke

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Neurology

    The researchers compared patients with COVID-19 at these hospitals to patients with influenza, which is another respiratory virus that is known to be associated with stroke. Read more about Those with COVID-19 could also be at increased risk of stroke

    InternationalCornell Medicine, USA
  10. Social distancing superstars helped slow US COVID-19 spread

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jul 2020 at 1600 AEST | 1800 NZST

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    People who proactively started social distancing before government policies were in place may have helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in the US, according to international researchers who looked at Read more about Social distancing superstars helped slow US COVID-19 spread

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University, USA
  11. 'Immunity passport' test misses one in three COVID-19 cases on average

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jul 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    An international team of researchers have reviewed the evidence for using COVID-19 antibody tests, based on 40 published studies. ... However, the authors caution that many of the studies they evaluated Read more about 'Immunity passport' test misses one in three COVID-19 cases on average

    InternationalMcGill University, Université de Sherbrooke, University of British Columbia, Canada, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Harvard Medical School, USA
  12. CSIRO uses lab-grown 'lungs' to fight respiratory viruses

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jul 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Viruses

    Scientists have found that human airway cells grown in a laboratory can reliably be used to study respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, which could help to minimise animal testing and Read more about CSIRO uses lab-grown 'lungs' to fight respiratory viruses

    Australia; VICCSIRO
  13. Official US count may underestimate COVID-19 deaths by 28 per cent

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    US and Danish scientists have estimated the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the USA between 1st March and 30th May 2020, and say there were 122,300 more ... That's 28 per cent higher than the Read more about Official US count may underestimate COVID-19 deaths by 28 per cent

    InternationalYale School of Public Health, USA
  14. Small study suggests Kawasaki-like COVID-19 syndrome may damage 1 in 7 kids' brains

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Neurology

    UK scientists investigated 27 children with COVID-19-related pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome - the Kawasaki disease-like symptoms that can affect kids with the virus - and found four who Read more about Small study suggests Kawasaki-like COVID-19 syndrome may damage 1 in 7 kids' brains

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  15. EXPERT REACTION: US buys almost all global stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    Publicly released: Wed 1 Jul 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    The US administration has bought almost all stock of the drug remdesivir for the next three months. ... The Trump administration recently announced it has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all Read more about EXPERT REACTION: US buys almost all global stock of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of Sydney...
  16. Modelling shows tracking app critical to containing COVID second wave

    Publicly released: Tue 30 Jun 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Public Health Research & Practice

    Independent modelling published today projects a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia if social distancing and testing decline further – but new cases could be slashed by over 50% if enough Read more about Modelling shows tracking app critical to containing COVID second wave

    Australia; NSWSax Institute
  17. Banning trophy hunting amid COVID-19 threatens African wildlife and livelihoods

    Publicly released: Mon 29 Jun 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    Conservation Science and Practice

    Griffith University scientists have revealed the devastating effects a trophy hunting ban will have on wildlife conservation and livelihoods in Africa. ... In an article published this week in The Read more about Banning trophy hunting amid COVID-19 threatens African wildlife and livelihoods

    Australia; International; QLDGriffith University
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Victoria's jump in COVID-19 cases - is this a second wave?

    Publicly released: Mon 29 Jun 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Victoria has on Monday recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases, the largest case increase since 70 cases were recorded on March 31 and the state's fourth-highest single day increase ... since the start of the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Victoria's jump in COVID-19 cases - is this a second wave?

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAThe University of New South Wales|The University of Queensland...
  19. COVID-19 antibody tests may prove useful, but timing is key

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 1124 AEST | 1324 NZST

    Cochrane Reviews

    The majority were from China and were carried out in people who had been admitted to hospital, so were likely to have had severe COVID-19. ... The researchers also had several concerns about the quality Read more about COVID-19 antibody tests may prove useful, but timing is key

    InternationalCochrane COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Accuracy Group
  20. Ciggies, vapes or waterpipes: Which is worse during the pandemic?

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Jun 2020 at 1047 AEST | 1247 NZST

    European Heart Journal

    International researchers have put the various methods of smoking up against one another, and found that while all kinds of smoking are pretty terrible for your body, tobacco ciggies and shisha Read more about Ciggies, vapes or waterpipes: Which is worse during the pandemic?

    InternationalUniversity Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

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