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. Face masks should be distributed to those most vulnerable to COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Nature Communications

    Researchers in the USA and Taiwan have modelled the effect of masks on COVID-19 infections, taking account of availability and demand. ... The higher the quality of the masks, and the more available they Read more about Face masks should be distributed to those most vulnerable to COVID-19

    InternationalBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
  2. Big pharma needs big collaboration to scale up COVID-19 vaccine production

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Researchers in the US are calling for pharmaceutical companies to share information on their manufacturing processes in order to be able to meet the global demand for COVID-19 vaccines. ... They say that Read more about Big pharma needs big collaboration to scale up COVID-19 vaccine production

    InternationalDuke University Law School, USA
  3. COVID-19 looks to be just as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    During the peak of the 1918 H1N1 influenza outbreak in New York City there were around 287. ... However the 1918 flu pandemic was also starting from a higher baseline and prior the this current pandemic Read more about COVID-19 looks to be just as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  4. Learning lessons from NZ's COVID-19 response

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Political Quarterly

    Experts from the University of Canterbury have reviewed the New Zealand government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identified what they consider to be key lessons for the future. ... They also Read more about Learning lessons from NZ's COVID-19 response

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury
  5. Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    A four-fold increase in stillbirths in a large UK maternity hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic might also be replicated in Australia due to guidelines which have discouraged Read more about Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  6. EXPERT REACTION: Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the Russian regulator had approved the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, despite the drug yet Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Flinders University...
  7. Feeling glum? Seven positive stories you may have missed

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still some good happening in the world. ... Here are seven of the University of Sydney's most promising and positive stories that you may have missed. Read more about Feeling glum? Seven positive stories you may have missed

    Australia; NSW; NTThe University of Sydney
  8. Trust in government linked to lower fear of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    Researchers have measured public opinions on the restrictions imposed in their country to control the spread of the virus, with participants in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Norway and USA. Read more about Trust in government linked to lower fear of COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Tromsø, Norway
  9. Modellers call for better data to plan lockdown exit strategies

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    World-leading epidemic modellers are calling for better data collection and access, in order to improve the models used by governments to plan the release of COVID-19 lockdowns. ... Their report says Read more about Modellers call for better data to plan lockdown exit strategies

    Australia; InternationalLa Trobe University|The University of Melbourne|The University of Adelaide...
  10. Being overweight linked to higher COVID-19 risk

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 0713 AEST | 0913 NZST

    PNAS

    The researchers tracked over 300,000 people, of whom 640 were hospitalized for COVID-19. ... The authors say that impaired blood sugar control and altered metabolism, caused by being overweight, might Read more about Being overweight linked to higher COVID-19 risk

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  11. COVID-19: What kind of masks can we use when fresh N95s are unavailable?

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    US researchers have tested 29 different kinds of face-masks to try and figure out what the best alternatives are if you cannot get your hands on a fresh and fitted ... They add that surgical masks scored Read more about COVID-19: What kind of masks can we use when fresh N95s are unavailable?

    InternationalUNC Health Care, USA
  12. Early and mid-career researchers fear their careers are at risk due to pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    A recent survey found increased anxiety and strains on mental health of early and mid-career researchers, due to employment uncertainty, the need to manage competing priorities such as caring duties, Read more about Early and mid-career researchers fear their careers are at risk due to pandemic

    AustraliaAustralian Academy of Science
  13. Malaria discovery could expedite antiviral treatment for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Aug 2020 at 1900 AEST | 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    New research into malaria suggests targeting enzymes from the human host, rather than from the pathogen itself, could offer effective treatment for a range of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Read more about Malaria discovery could expedite antiviral treatment for COVID-19

    Australia; VICRMIT University
  14. Pasteurisation inactivates COVID-19 virus in human milk

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Aug 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    A new study has confirmed what researchers already suspected to be the case: heat inactivates SARS-CoV-2 in human milk. Read more about Pasteurisation inactivates COVID-19 virus in human milk

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Milk
  15. Gender and ethnic inequalities in NZ science could be worsened by COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Aug 2020 at 0722 AEST | 0922 NZST

    Existing inequalities faced by Māori and Pasifika researchers, as well as women of other ethnic groups, could be exacerbated by COVID-19, according to a report by the Royal Society Te ... The report Read more about Gender and ethnic inequalities in NZ science could be worsened by COVID-19

    New ZealandRoyal Society Te Apārangi
  16. Africa and Asia face highest economic risk from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Aug 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Global Policy

    Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central Asia are facing the highest economic threat from COVID-19, according to new research. ... They argue that efforts to reduce these risks should focus on reducing Read more about Africa and Asia face highest economic risk from COVID-19

    InternationalVictoria University of Wellington
  17. Coronavirus transmission risk increases along wildlife supply chains

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    They say that this risk is highest for end consumers, and that this chain likely explains the spillover of coronaviruses from animals to humans. ... Coronaviruses were detected in a high proportion of Read more about Coronavirus transmission risk increases along wildlife supply chains

    Australia; International; VICWildlife Conservation Society, Vietnam; Zoos Victoria
  18. Malaria deaths could double if prevention is interrupted by COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 10 Aug 2020 at 1730 AEST | 1930 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    The authors used COVID-19- and malaria-transmission models to estimate the impact of disrupting malaria-prevention measures (such as distributing mosquito nets) and other essential health services Read more about Malaria deaths could double if prevention is interrupted by COVID-19

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  19. No long-term climate benefits from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Aug 2020 at 1900 AEST | 2100 NZST

    Nature Climate Change

    Policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will have a negligible impact on long-term warming, according to new research. ... Scientists have calculated that recent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions Read more about No long-term climate benefits from COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Leeds, UK
  20. The pandemic likely isn't changing our personalities

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Aug 2020 at 0945 AEST | 1145 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The "Big Five" traits - extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness—are part of a psychological framework researchers use to measure how we change Read more about The pandemic likely isn't changing our personalities

    InternationalFlorida State University College of Medicine, USA

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