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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. Fatigue lingers in more than half of patients who have recovered from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    Persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection, according to research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Read more about Fatigue lingers in more than half of patients who have recovered from COVID-19

    InternationalTrinity College, Ireland
  2. Most COVID-19 infections are spread through respiratory droplets or aerosols and not surfaces

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    As such, social distancing and proper ventilation are key to reduce the risk of spread, the authors say. ... Although several experimental studies have grown live virus from aerosols and surfaces, the real Read more about Most COVID-19 infections are spread through respiratory droplets or aerosols and not surfaces

    InternationalMontefiore Medical Center, USA
  3. COVID superspreading events show 20 per cent of people are spreading 80 percent of infections

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    COVID superspreading events show the disease may follow the old 80:20 rule, with around 20 per cent of people spreading 80 percent of infections, according to researchers in Australia and Read more about COVID superspreading events show 20 per cent of people are spreading 80 percent of infections

    Australia; International; NSWThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  4. COVID-19 could lower life expectancy in severely affected areas

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The researchers examined the impact of COVID-19-related deaths on life expectancy in four broad world regions across multiple rates of infection and age groups. ... At higher prevalence rates, the impact Read more about COVID-19 could lower life expectancy in severely affected areas

    InternationalInternational Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  5. COVID-19 may be increasing the gender gap in science

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, and it seems women in science are no different. ... The research did not find a similar change in gender gap on the biology research Read more about COVID-19 may be increasing the gender gap in science

    InternationalUniversity of Texas, USA
  6. Travel restrictions limit the spread of COVID-19 better than screening people at borders

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    Restricting travel across borders is probably more effective than entry and exit screening, according to a wide-ranging review of the evidence. ... The review found screening is likely to be more Read more about Travel restrictions limit the spread of COVID-19 better than screening people at borders

    InternationalInstitute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, IBE, LMU Munich, Germany
  7. Wearing glasses may help protect you from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 1430 AEST | 1630 NZST

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    8 per cent were glasses wearers, much lower that the average for the population which is around 31 per cent. ... The authors conclude that wearing eyeglasses more than eight hours-per-day may be Read more about Wearing glasses may help protect you from COVID-19

    InternationalThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, China
  8. To tweet or not to tweet: what boosts COVID-19 retweets?

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The research found no single topic was more likely to be retweeted than others, and using exclamation points or presenting content in the form of a question did not appear to ... The researchers say their Read more about To tweet or not to tweet: what boosts COVID-19 retweets?

    InternationalUniversity at Albany, USA
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Clothes washing creates more microplastic pollution on land than in water

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    US scientists calculated the annual spread of plastic microfibres from hand-washing and washing machines around the world. ... year. The authors say the use of microplastics should be reduced, since Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Clothes washing creates more microplastic pollution on land than in water

    InternationalUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, USA
  10. Blood from recovered Covid patients may save lives

    Publicly released: Wed 16 Sep 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Antibody-rich plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients may be an effective stopgap treatment while we wait for new antiviral medications and vaccines. ... transfusion. Patients treated with convalescent Read more about Blood from recovered Covid patients may save lives

    InternationalIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  11. Formal procedures needed to fix ill-fitting face masks

    Publicly released: Wed 16 Sep 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Anaesthesia

    In addition, the masks fit just 84 per cent of Asians, dropping to 60 per cent for Asian women. ... The authors say that more formal fit-testing procedures, including more diverse testing panels, rather Read more about Formal procedures needed to fix ill-fitting face masks

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|Telethon Kids Institute...
  12. Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Australian scientists and health professionals in the water sector have partnered to transfer leading Australian innovation in the environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 to support the governments Read more about Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    AustraliaWater Research Australia
  13. If we spent the cost of COVID on pandemic preparations it would have lasted 500 years

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 1107 AEST | 1307 NZST

    Last year, the same group warned that the world was unprepared for the very real likelihood of a deadly pandemic spreading around the globe and they called for urgent action to ... break the cycle of Read more about If we spent the cost of COVID on pandemic preparations it would have lasted 500 years

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  14. WHO releases new COVID-19 guidance for schools

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0807 AEST | 1007 NZST

    The World Health Organisation has released new guidance for schools to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to students and staff. ... The report replaces previous guidance, released in May 2020, and introduces Read more about WHO releases new COVID-19 guidance for schools

    InternationalWorld Health Organisation
  15. Early-outbreak quarantine cheaper, more effective

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0739 AEST | 0939 NZST

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    A wide-ranging review of the evidence for quarantine has been updated, finding it is most effective in stemming COVID-19 infections and deaths when started earlier in an outbreak. ... This approach also Read more about Early-outbreak quarantine cheaper, more effective

    InternationalDanube University Krems, Austria
  16. COVID-19 immunity may be short-lived

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0704 AEST | 0904 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    A study of ten healthy men monitored over 35 years in Amsterdam found that reinfection with the same seasonal coronavirus was common, and typically occurred around one year after the initial Read more about COVID-19 immunity may be short-lived

    InternationalAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
  17. Far from optimal: immune cell responses in COVID-19 patients

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    PNAS

    fever. The team looked at 22 COVID-19 samples from patients who experienced asymptomatic, mild or moderate illness. Read more about Far from optimal: immune cell responses in COVID-19 patients

    Australia; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  18. Estimating the cost of widespread COVID-19 testing of higher-risk groups

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    CMAJ

    Canadian researchers identified five priority groups: contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19; hospital employees; health care workers and people in long-term care facilities; Read more about Estimating the cost of widespread COVID-19 testing of higher-risk groups

    InternationalMcGill University, Canada
  19. Just one in ten US COVID-19 cases were documented by April - estimate

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Communications

    The United States' confirmed COVID-19 numbers don’t truly reflect the burden of the pandemic, say researchers who have aimed to fill in the gaps left by limited testing. ... While around 720,000 cases Read more about Just one in ten US COVID-19 cases were documented by April - estimate

    InternationalUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA
  20. Risk of getting COVID-19 not equal among UK hospital staff

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    On the flip side, infection risk was highest among cleaners and acute and general medicine clinicians, while staff of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds also had an increased risk. Read more about Risk of getting COVID-19 not equal among UK hospital staff

    InternationalUniversity of Birmingham, UK

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