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. COVID-19 patients without symptoms shed just as much virus as those with symptoms

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Aug 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    South Korean and Canadian scientists measured how much virus was shed by 303 COVID-19 patients, 193 of whom had symptoms, and 110 of whom didn't, and say both groups ... Isolation of asymptomatic patients Read more about COVID-19 patients without symptoms shed just as much virus as those with symptoms

    InternationalSoonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, South Korea
  2. Babies will fare well against COVID-19 if they are kept close to mum

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Aug 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Journal of Human Lactation

    A Western Sydney University researcher has drawn on international evidence to compare the potential health implications of COVID-19 for newborn babies, against the damage that is known to be caused Read more about Babies will fare well against COVID-19 if they are kept close to mum

    Australia; NSW; VICWestern Sydney University
  3. Doctors can help oldies stay active during the pandemic

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

    Health systems must consider how best to support older people to remain physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic, say Australian researchers. ... Doctors should discuss the importance of remaining Read more about Doctors can help oldies stay active during the pandemic

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  4. COVID-19 mouse model suggests immune response causes more lung damage than the virus

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 1620 AEST | 1820 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Medicine

    US scientists have developed a new mouse model to study COVID-19, and say antiviral signalling proteins called type I interferons produced by the body may actually cause much of the ... The infected mice Read more about COVID-19 mouse model suggests immune response causes more lung damage than the virus

    InternationalYale University, USA
  5. Household quarantine could flatten second COVID-19 waves

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    However, the US researchers suggest a better approach might be quarantining the households of people who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. ... They propose a contact tracing system that Read more about Household quarantine could flatten second COVID-19 waves

    InternationalNortheastern University, USA
  6. COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Media International Australia

    As the global count of COVID-19 infections heads towards the 20M mark, the pandemic has created what the World Health Organisation calls an ‘infodemic’, giving conspiracy groups a bigger platform Read more about COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories

    Australia; International; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  7. COVID-19 research call for domestic violence workers

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    UNSW researchers seek workers helping people impacted by domestic and family violence for a study into how services are meeting community need during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about COVID-19 research call for domestic violence workers

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  8. CSIRO launches Australia’s first accredited face mask testing facility

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has launched the nation’s first accredited surgical face mask testing facility in Melbourne today, to help frontline health workers in the fight Read more about CSIRO launches Australia’s first accredited face mask testing facility

    AustraliaCSIRO
  9. Species that can make us sick thrive in human habitats

    Publicly released: Thu 6 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature

    Human-managed ecosystems harbour more hosts of zoonotic disease - diseases that start in animals and spread to humans, such as Ebola and the virus causing COVID-19 - than undisturbed habitats, say Read more about Species that can make us sick thrive in human habitats

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  10. AI predictions suggest easing of lockdowns overseas has not increased COVID-19 cases or deaths

    Publicly released: Wed 5 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface

    This may be because older and more vulnerable people have continued to observe protective measures, or because the virus has mutated to become less contagious and less virulent, they say. ... The authors Read more about AI predictions suggest easing of lockdowns overseas has not increased COVID-19 cases or deaths

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
  11. Human embryos may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2

    Publicly released: Wed 5 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Open Biology

    New research suggests that human embryos could be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, as early as the second week of pregnancy if the mother gets sick. ... The first weeks of an Read more about Human embryos may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
  12. Risk of COVID-19 spreading in schools and childcare is very low

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

    Real world data from the first wave of COVID-19 infections in NSW has shown that the risk of children and staff transmitting the virus in schools and early childhood education ... 2 per cent). A second Read more about Risk of COVID-19 spreading in schools and childcare is very low

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney|NSW Government|The University of Newcastle...
  13. Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    MJA

    Researchers estimated infection growth rates pre- and post-introduction of the Stage 3 measures in 10 postcodes in Melbourne on 1 July 2020. ... 75), as opposed to the 8314 cases diagnosed in Victoria Read more about Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute|Monash University|Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  14. Used COVID-19 PPE could be turned into biofuels instead of landing in landfill

    Publicly released: Tue 4 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Biofuels

    Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels, according to Indian researchers. ... And, unlike the plastics used in PPE, the resulting Read more about Used COVID-19 PPE could be turned into biofuels instead of landing in landfill

    InternationalUniversity of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India
  15. The scoop on 5G: University of Sydney experts available to comment

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 1730 AEST | 1930 NZST

    On Monday night ABC Four Corners will explore 5G technology, investigating conspiracy theories that say it causes COVID-19, as well as how it is set to revolutionise the Internet. ... University of Read more about The scoop on 5G: University of Sydney experts available to comment

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  16. Food menu fit for pandemic times

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Health Promotion Journal of Australia

    On the heels of devastating bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, eating well in a sustainable way is more important now than ever, Flinders University experts say. ... Eating local’ and growing Read more about Food menu fit for pandemic times

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  17. More Australians travelling for social reasons since initial COVID-19 restrictions

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 0934 AEST | 1134 NZST

    A rising number of Australians are travelling for social and recreational reasons since the initial coronavirus travel restrictions were set up, according to initial findings of a survey by the Read more about More Australians travelling for social reasons since initial COVID-19 restrictions

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  18. Disability workers face illness risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 3 Aug 2020 at 0922 AEST | 1122 NZST

    Disability Support Workers (DSWs) are risking illness with minimal training during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, a new survey has found. Read more about Disability workers face illness risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  19. EXPERT REACTION: South Australian COVID-19 vaccine trial clears phase 1

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    It is being reported today that South Australian company Vaxine is to begin phase two trials of its COVID-19 vaccine after the vaccine was found to be safe and generate ... Led by Professor Nikolai Read more about EXPERT REACTION: South Australian COVID-19 vaccine trial clears phase 1

    Australia; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Mater Research|The University of Queensland
  20. Two candidate vaccines show promise in protecting monkeys against COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Nature

    The first vaccine, being trialled by Johnson and Johnson, is a single-dose vaccine made from an adenovirus - a type of common cold virus. ... However, there was no difference in nasal shedding of the Read more about Two candidate vaccines show promise in protecting monkeys against COVID-19

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA

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