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. Blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    ACS Sensors

    Research by Monash University in Australia has been able to detect positive COVID-19 cases using blood samples in about 20 minutes, and identify whether someone has contracted the virus. Read more about Blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes

    Australia; VICMonash University
  2. Different approach needed to ‘buy time’ and tackle COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Pharmacology Research & Perspectives

    A prominent Australian pharmacologist has called for a new approach to treating COVID-19 as hopes fade of finding an effective vaccine or antiviral before the end of the year. Read more about Different approach needed to ‘buy time’ and tackle COVID-19

    Australia; NSW; SAUniversity of South Australia|The University of Newcastle
  3. COVID-19 severity is increased even in patients with mild obesity

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    European Journal of Endocrinology

    When it comes to COVID-19, it seems being even a little obese can put you at higher risk of severe complications and even death. ... intensive care and death in COVID-19 patients, regardless of age, Read more about COVID-19 severity is increased even in patients with mild obesity

    InternationalUniversity of Bologna, Italy
  4. Australian researchers track COVID-19 in wastewater from plane and cruise ship passengers

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    Journal of Travel Medicine

    Australian scientists say testing of aircraft and cruise ship wastewater upon arrival has detected genetic fragments of the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2, marking a step forward in using this Read more about Australian researchers track COVID-19 in wastewater from plane and cruise ship passengers

    Australia; QLDCSIRO|The University of Queensland
  5. Social distancing? Get a robot friend

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jul 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science Robotics

    US roboticists argue that metal assistants shouldn’t just have to do the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” tasks associated with treating and managing the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Their commentary piece Read more about Social distancing? Get a robot friend

    InternationalYale University, USA
  6. Is Working From Home the biggest move in transport since the advent of the car?

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Jul 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    The unintended consequence of increased Working From Home (WFH) arising from COVID-19, is a demonstration how it has the ability to tame traffic on the roads and crowding in public ... transport. The Read more about Is Working From Home the biggest move in transport since the advent of the car?

    Australia; VICiMOVE Australia
  7. Ideal method for rapid disease testing

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Jul 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Materials Chemistry Frontiers

    In the pandemic age of telehealth and new technologies, remote site lab or point-of-care (POC) testing of biofluids is a potentially rapid and non-invasive way to test for ... Now scientists at Flinders Read more about Ideal method for rapid disease testing

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  8. Llama antibodies could help us fight COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

    Nanobodies are small, stable and easily produced, and are already used for diagnostics and imaging. ... The researchers identified two closely related nanobodies (H11-H4 and H11-D4) that can block the Read more about Llama antibodies could help us fight COVID-19

    InternationalThe Rosalind Franklin Institute, UK
  9. Immune response to COVID-19’s spike protein – the secret to a successful vaccine?

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Coronavirus particles have a corona (crown) of proteins that resemble spikes, which enable the virus to attach and enter cells in humans. ... Institute) was keen to investigate how the immune system, Read more about Immune response to COVID-19’s spike protein – the secret to a successful vaccine?

    Australia; NSW; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  10. COVID-19 disruptions could cause surge in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria deaths

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Jul 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Global Health

    Disruption to health services due to the COVID-19 response could cause a surge in deaths from other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, finds UK research. ... The researchers say the Read more about COVID-19 disruptions could cause surge in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria deaths

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  11. Strong close relationships key in coping with pandemic, twin study shows

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0910 AEST | 1110 NZST

    A new study of twins and triplets shows how our close social relationships are vital in how we cope with the upheaval of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more about Strong close relationships key in coping with pandemic, twin study shows

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  12. Some people with mood disorders struggling amid pandemic

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0904 AEST | 1104 NZST

    Journal of Affective Disorders

    Disruption and ongoing instability as Australians navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is weighing heavily on people with a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, new research Read more about Some people with mood disorders struggling amid pandemic

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne|Swinburne University of Technology
  13. It’s easy as to reduce food waste with a new socials campaign

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jul 2020 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. ... The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will kick off a new social media campaign to provide Australians with much needed Read more about It’s easy as to reduce food waste with a new socials campaign

    AustraliaFight Food Waste CRC
  14. High blood sugar may double the risk of death from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 11 Jul 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Diabetologia

    The study of over 600 patients found that abnormally high blood sugar, without a previous diagnosis of diabetes, is associated with more than double the risk of death from COVID-19 ... and also an Read more about High blood sugar may double the risk of death from COVID-19

    InternationalHuazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  15. Putting a stocking over your facemask may make it better at preventing COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Matter

    Tests of surgical and cloth masks have revealed that sticking nylon stocking material over the top of the masks can make them more effective at removing particles from the air, suggesting Read more about Putting a stocking over your facemask may make it better at preventing COVID-19

    InternationalNortheastern University, USA
  16. Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Genetic sequencing identified previously unsuspected links to other cases and decreased the proportion of COVID-19 cases with contentious links. ... The data also helped show there were genetically Read more about Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  17. Socio-economic, environmental impacts of coronavirus quantified

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 1029 AEST | 1229 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    How is COVID-19 impacting people and the planet and what are the implications for a post-pandemic world? ... 8 trillion, triggering full-time equivalent job losses of 147 million and the biggest-ever drop Read more about Socio-economic, environmental impacts of coronavirus quantified

    Australia; International; NSW; QLDThe University of Sydney|The University of Queensland...
  18. Lower COVID-19 death rate linked to TB vaccination

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0917 AEST | 1117 NZST

    PNAS

    Researchers looking at socially similar European countries have found that the number of COVID-19 deaths is lower in areas with more widespread tuberculosis vaccination campaigns. ... The study authors Read more about Lower COVID-19 death rate linked to TB vaccination

    InternationalVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
  19. EXPERT REACTION: COVID-19-causing virus not likely to have come just from bat virus

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

    The scientists analysed the spike protein, which enables a virus to bind to and enter cells, for SARS-CoV-2 and the closely-related bat virus, RaTG13. ... They found that although the structures were Read more about EXPERT REACTION: COVID-19-causing virus not likely to have come just from bat virus

    International; NSWAustralian Science Media Centre|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  20. Pasteurising breast milk kills coronavirus

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jul 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    CMAJ

    They spiked human milk samples with the coronavirus, leaving some samples at room temperature, and heating the others to 65°C for 30 minutes. ... The virus was inactivated by the pasteurisation, which Read more about Pasteurising breast milk kills coronavirus

    InternationalSinai Health, Canada

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