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. Antiviral drug "probably" helps with severe COVID-19, but more evidence still needed

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    The BMJ

    An expert panel has made a “weak recommendation” for using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat severe cases of COVID-19. ... The review shows that remdesivir "probably reduces length of hospital Read more about Antiviral drug "probably" helps with severe COVID-19, but more evidence still needed

    InternationalMcMaster University, Canada
  2. Younger kids may help COVID-19 spread as restrictions ease

    Publicly released: Fri 31 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    Kids under five may be important drivers of the COVID-19 virus spreading, according to US researchers who found young children with COVID-19 had more of the virus' genetic material ... The authors say the Read more about Younger kids may help COVID-19 spread as restrictions ease

    InternationalLurie Children’s Hospital, USA
  3. COVID-19 dogs could be sniffing out cases in months

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    It is hoped the first COVID-19 detection dogs could be working within months, and would complement existing methods by providing low-cost, instantaneous and reliable screening. Read more about COVID-19 dogs could be sniffing out cases in months

    Australia; International; SAThe University of Adelaide
  4. EXPERT REACTION: Victoria records 723 new COVID-19 cases

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Victoria has today recorded 723 new COVID-19 cases - the country's highest daily total to date. ... There are now 4,516 active cases in metropolitan Melbourne and 255 in regional Victoria. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Victoria records 723 new COVID-19 cases

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of Queensland...
  5. Convalescent plasma treatment added to Australian COVID-19 trials

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Convalescent plasma has been introduced to the AustralaSian COVID-19 Trial (ASCOT) and Randomised, Embedded, Multi-factorial, Adaptive Platform Trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (REMAP-CAP) Read more about Convalescent plasma treatment added to Australian COVID-19 trials

    Australia; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  6. People with COVID-19 could test positive for up to 35 days

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    The researchers found no links between longer viral RNA shedding and symptom severity, however they did find that people who shed viral RNA for longer had less active immune cell responses Read more about People with COVID-19 could test positive for up to 35 days

    InternationalNational Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore
  7. Why does COVID-19 hit some nursing homes but not others?

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    A study of nursing homes in the US has found that facilities with COVID-19 cases were more likely to be for-profit facilities, have higher rates of deficiencies and complaints, ... The authors say that Read more about Why does COVID-19 hit some nursing homes but not others?

    InternationalPerelman School of Medicine, USA
  8. SARS-CoV-2 may have diverged from bat viruses approximately 40–70 years ago

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 1015 AEST | 1215 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    The authors suggest RaTG13 (the bat virus identified as the most closely related virus to SARS-CoV-2) and SARS-CoV-2 share a single ancestral lineage and estimate that ... CoV-2 genetically diverged from Read more about SARS-CoV-2 may have diverged from bat viruses approximately 40–70 years ago

    InternationalPennsylvania State University, USA
  9. Boosting the immune system with other vaccines could mitigate COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Biology

    g. measles, flu, or polio). They suggest that these vaccines would “trigger” a broad immune response that could help combat the novel coronavirus. ... The study authors say this article is intended to Read more about Boosting the immune system with other vaccines could mitigate COVID-19

    InternationalStanford University, USA
  10. Depression, stress and anxiety climb for Aussies during COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The study surveyed more than 5,000 people in late March to early April and asked them about their anxiety levels and how they were coping over the outbreak. ... 9 per cent) said they were very concerned Read more about Depression, stress and anxiety climb for Aussies during COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|Black Dog Institute
  11. Paramedics also need care

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    BMC Psychiatry

    As COVID-19 dominates the health system, paramedics and other health workers’ own health and wellbeing is in the spotlight. ... A new Flinders University publication highlights the interaction between Read more about Paramedics also need care

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  12. COVID-19 may cause high rates of heart damage

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Cardiology

    The first study found that in 100 German patents who had recently recovered from COVID-19, 78 had abnormal heart readings on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and 60 patients had signs ... of heart Read more about COVID-19 may cause high rates of heart damage

    InternationalUniversity Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, University Heart and Vascular Centre Hamburg, Germany
  13. If a COVID-19 patient breathes and coughs in a room, how much virus do they shed?

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The study used mathematical modelling to estimate the concentration of virus in a room generated by someone with COVID-19 coughing or just breathing. ... and coughing, they could release large numbers of Read more about If a COVID-19 patient breathes and coughs in a room, how much virus do they shed?

    InternationalSwiss Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health
  14. A dog a day keeps COVID loneliness at bay

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jul 2020 at 1704 AEST | 1904 NZST

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry

    The study surveyed 384 participants and asked them about their loneliness, mindfulness and mood, as well as their interactions with their dog or cat if they had one. ... While owning a cat didn't seem to Read more about A dog a day keeps COVID loneliness at bay

    Australia; VICMonash University
  15. Common anti-inflammatory drugs ok to use for COVID-19 symptom relief

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jul 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Clinical & Translational Immunology

    The small study of 168 patients found that there was no increase in adverse outcomes in the 22 patients who took a COX-2 inhibitor which the researchers say supports ... They also found some early Read more about Common anti-inflammatory drugs ok to use for COVID-19 symptom relief

    InternationalNational Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore
  16. Social distancing, the weather and fewer people may explain why COVID spread less in some places

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Social distancing, weather and population density may have played role in reducing COVID spread, according to a US study, but social distancing likely had the most impact. ... The researchers were looking Read more about Social distancing, the weather and fewer people may explain why COVID spread less in some places

    InternationalChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
  17. Two layers better but three layers best when it comes to home-made face masks

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    Home-made cloth face masks likely need a minimum of two layers, and preferably three, to prevent the dispersal of viral droplets from the nose and mouth associated with the spread ... Using a high-speed Read more about Two layers better but three layers best when it comes to home-made face masks

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  18. 'Anthropause': The sound of seismic silence during lockdown

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Whole chunks of the globe have come to a stop for COVID-19 lockdowns, causing the longest and most prominent reduction in man-made noise on record. ... The researchers suggest the strong correlation Read more about 'Anthropause': The sound of seismic silence during lockdown

    Australia; New Zealand; International; ACTUniversity of Auckland|Victoria University of Wellington...
  19. Prominent Australians call for a plan to ensure the human future

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jul 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    The letter was written by the Commission for the Human Future, chaired by former Liberal party leader, John Hewson and points to ten major threats to human survival with pandemics such ... The letter Read more about Prominent Australians call for a plan to ensure the human future

    AustraliaThe Australian National University|Commission for the Human Future
  20. 'Surrogate' viruses could help us test for COVID-19 antibodies

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Medicine

    The body produces antibodies to try and prevent the COVID-19 virus from infecting cells, but the strength of the antibodies varies between patients, and we don't yet know how ... Testing antibodies Read more about 'Surrogate' viruses could help us test for COVID-19 antibodies

    InternationalThe Rockefeller University, USA

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