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. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine shown ineffective against COVID-19 virus

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1429 AEST | 1629 NZST

    Nature

    Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, the antivirals described as a ‘miracle’ by President Trump, don’t seem to be effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 in macaques or human lung cells, Read more about Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine shown ineffective against COVID-19 virus

    InternationalLeibniz Institute for Primate Research, Germany
  2. We still don't know if cold weather makes COVID more likely

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Environmental and Resource Economics

    might be skewed because weather might also impact the number of tests performed and who gets tested. ... For example, in winter people tend to experience more respiratory diseases with symptoms similar Read more about We still don't know if cold weather makes COVID more likely

    InternationalThe University of Oxford, UK
  3. Had both your heart and wallet broken online? Take a survey to help others

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    With the cost of romance fraud to Australians jumping to $83 million last year, up from $60. ... 5 million in 2018, a global QUT survey seeks to better understand the techniques offenders use and protect Read more about Had both your heart and wallet broken online? Take a survey to help others

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  4. New drug targets the clots that can kill: a potential treatment for heart attack and stroke prevention

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science Translational Medicine

    The drug – which has been studied in human cells and animal models – literally blocks the minute changes in blood flow that preempts a heart attack and acts on the platelets preventing Read more about New drug targets the clots that can kill: a potential treatment for heart attack and stroke prevention

    Australia; VICMonash University
  5. Leading organisations unite to discuss COVID-19 impact on hepatitis C elimination in Australia on World Hepatitis Day

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Australia’s leading drug and infectious disease organisations will join forces to call for a re-engagement in elimination of hepatitis C in an online event on World Hepatitis Day, Tuesday, Read more about Leading organisations unite to discuss COVID-19 impact on hepatitis C elimination in Australia on World Hepatitis Day

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  6. Both government and indivduals working together are our best bet in the COVID-19 fight

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    and keeping case numbers as low as possible, according to computer modelling study by Dutch and Portuguese researchers. ... A combination of self-imposed and government-imposed measures is the most likely Read more about Both government and indivduals working together are our best bet in the COVID-19 fight

    Australia; International; VICMonash University|Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, China
  7. Women’s burden increases in COVID-19 era

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Social Sciences

    The triple burden endured by women – in productive, reproductive and community roles – has been exposed and intensified due to COVID-19-enforced lockdown and quarantine restrictions. ... Researchers Read more about Women’s burden increases in COVID-19 era

    Australia; International; SAFlinders University
  8. How to help with problem gambling

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

    With the lure of online gambling high during COVID-19 lockdowns – and SA gambling venues now reopening – partners and families of problem gamblers may be the first to see a problem ... emerging. Many Read more about How to help with problem gambling

    Australia; VIC; SAFlinders University
  9. SARS-CoV-2 detected in donor's blood 40 days after COVID-19 symptoms cleared

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    COVID-19 patients without symptoms might pose a health risk to the safety of the blood supply, according to international researchers. ... Researchers say the confirmation that SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in Read more about SARS-CoV-2 detected in donor's blood 40 days after COVID-19 symptoms cleared

    InternationalStanford University, USA
  10. Land-based industries stayed the course during NZ's lockdown

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 1027 AEST | 1227 NZST

    A new report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) says land-based industries like livestock, forestry, and agriculture were resilient during New Zealand’s lockdown period Read more about Land-based industries stayed the course during NZ's lockdown

    New ZealandNew Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
  11. More cancer deaths in England predicted due to COVID-19-related healthcare delays

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0920 AEST | 1120 NZST

    The Lancet Oncology

    New modelling research suggests around 3500 lives could potentially be lost to four common cancers in England over the next five years due to the disruption to cancer diagnosis services and Read more about More cancer deaths in England predicted due to COVID-19-related healthcare delays

    InternationalStudy 1: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Study 2: Institute of Cancer Research, UK
  12. EXPERT REACTION: Two COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0833 AEST | 1033 NZST

    The Lancet

    Compared to the control group (given a meningitis vaccine), the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine caused minor side effects more frequently, but some of these could be reduced by taking paracetamol, and ... group. Most Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Two COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK; Jiangsu Provincial Center of Disease Control and Prevention, China
  13. Italy may have understated COVID-19 deaths

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jul 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Italian and Colombian researchers suggest that the reported deaths from COVID-19 in Italy have been understated, after comparing average death rates over the past five years. ... by the virus, and Read more about Italy may have understated COVID-19 deaths

    InternationalUniversity of Milan, Italy
  14. NEWS BRIEFING: How is COVID-19 impacting Australia's flu season?

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jul 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Listen back as two infectious disease experts from the Immunisation Coalition run us through the numbers of the flu season so far and forecast what might be in store - for both ... the flu and COVID-19 - Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: How is COVID-19 impacting Australia's flu season?

    Australia; NSW; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Immunisation Coalition...
  15. Steroid cuts deaths by one-third among patients critically ill with COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 18 Jul 2020 at 0200 AEST | 0400 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    In the dexamethasone group, the incidence of death was 29. 3 per cent compared to 41. ... 4 per cent in the usual care group among patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation. Read more about Steroid cuts deaths by one-third among patients critically ill with COVID-19

    InternationalOxford University, UK
  16. Victoria should aim to eliminate not suppress COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    MJA

    Epidemiologists have presented a 10-point plan to help Melbourne and Victoria achieve the elimination of COVID-19 within the 6-week lockdown period. ... They say that under the “Standard” policy Read more about Victoria should aim to eliminate not suppress COVID-19

    Australia; New Zealand; VICThe University of Melbourne|University of Otago
  17. Lessons to be learned from a COVID-19 outbreak in a NSW aged-care facility

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    MJA

    The COVID-19 outbreak in the Dorothy Henderson Lodge nursing home in Sydney showed that optimal infection prevention and control practice among trained staff in aged care facilities cannot be assumed Read more about Lessons to be learned from a COVID-19 outbreak in a NSW aged-care facility

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  18. Three-day testing deadline to limit COVID-19 spread

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    The Lancet Public Health

    Researchers find that any contact tracing delays need to be balanced by quicker testing, to keep the virus from spreading exponentially. ... The researchers say contact tracing can be sped up with mobile Read more about Three-day testing deadline to limit COVID-19 spread

    InternationalUtrecht University, Netherlands
  19. Up to 87% of COVID cases in Wuhan may have gone undetected

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature

    Undetected cases of COVID-19 probably had a major role in the rapid spread of the disease and could lead to a resurgence of infections upon lifting of restrictions too early, ... The authors say the large Read more about Up to 87% of COVID cases in Wuhan may have gone undetected

    InternationalHarvard University, USA, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  20. Coronavirus is messing with the weather forecast too

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Geophysical Research Letters

    Research shows the world lost 50 to 75 per cent of its aircraft weather observations between March and May of this year, when many flights were grounded due to COVID-19 ... The researchers say forecasts Read more about Coronavirus is messing with the weather forecast too

    InternationalLancaster University, UK

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