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. Computer models for 80 potential COVID-19 treatments

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 1610 AEST | 1810 NZST

    ArXiv

    Australian scientists using cloud-based supercomputer programs have joined forces with  biotechnology company Vaxine Pty Ltd to identify up to 80 new potential candidate drugs against the COVID-19 Read more about Computer models for 80 potential COVID-19 treatments

    VIC; SAFlinders University
  2. EXPERT REACTION: Asphalt during summer may be worse for pollution than petrol and diesel combined

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science Advances

    The team heated up asphalt to temperatures between 40°C and 200°C and noted that the emissions doubled between 40°C and 60°C, temperatures regularly reached during summer. ... The emissions slowed Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Asphalt during summer may be worse for pollution than petrol and diesel combined

    InternationalYale University, USA
  3. EXPERT REACTION: Analysis finds steroids help treat critically ill COVID-19 patients

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    JAMA

    Looking at seven randomised clinical trials involving 1703 patients from around the world, including a trial run in Australia and New Zealand, researchers found corticosteroid treatment resulted in Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Analysis finds steroids help treat critically ill COVID-19 patients

    Australia; New Zealand; International; VICAustralian Science Media Centre|Monash University|Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)
  4. Pregnant COVID-19 patients less likely to have symptoms, but more likely to need intensive care

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Sep 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    A review of 77 studies has revealed the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant and recently pregnant women. ... The authors write that healthcare professionals should be aware that pregnant women with COVID-19 Read more about Pregnant COVID-19 patients less likely to have symptoms, but more likely to need intensive care

    InternationalUniversity of Birmingham, UK
  5. COVID-19 may spread through the air on public transport

    Publicly released: Wed 2 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    US and Chinese scientists say a community COVID-19 outbreak in Zhejiang Province, China was likely the result of a bus journey in which a passenger with the disease spread it ... Future efforts at Read more about COVID-19 may spread through the air on public transport

    InternationalZhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
  6. Saliva-based COVID test kits less effective than current nose and throat swabs

    Publicly released: Tue 1 Sep 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    A self-administered kit that uses saliva to test for COVID-19 is less effective at detecting the virus than standard nose and throat swabs, according to US research. ... positive samples, the virus was Read more about Saliva-based COVID test kits less effective than current nose and throat swabs

    InternationalUniversity of Ottawa, Canada
  7. COVID-19 exposes gaps in NBN

    Publicly released: Mon 31 Aug 2020 at 1204 AEST | 1404 NZST

    Telecommunications Policy

    With access to high-speed broadband (HSB) and the internet via the NBN now central to people’s livelihoods, education, healthcare delivery and even social connections, the Flinders University Read more about COVID-19 exposes gaps in NBN

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  8. COVID-19 an opportunity for Australia to help boost Indo-Pacific health services

    Publicly released: Mon 31 Aug 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    MJA

    The pandemic provides a unique opportunity for the Australian Government to advance its commitment to strengthening health care systems and deliver on the promise of its Pacific Step-up, they say, Read more about COVID-19 an opportunity for Australia to help boost Indo-Pacific health services

    Australia; NSW; VICMonash University
  9. Kids' COVID symptoms may go undetected

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    During the COVID pandemic South Korea has undertaken massive testing of all contacts or suspected cases and a strict regime of isolation, tracing, and quarantine for COVID -19 patients and contacts, Read more about Kids' COVID symptoms may go undetected

    InternationalThe Catholic University of Korea
  10. Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Clinical Microbiology and Infection

    A review of the research shows the drug hasn’t affected deaths - except when used in combination with an antibiotic, where the risk of death increased. ... The review authors say a great deal of Read more about Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed

    InternationalParis-Saclay University, France
  11. Kids have less severe COVID-19 than adults and death is exceptionally rare

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    However, the findings also show that Black children were disproportionately severely affected by COVID-19 infection. ... The scientists analysed data from 651 UK children and young people with COVID-19. Read more about Kids have less severe COVID-19 than adults and death is exceptionally rare

    InternationalUniversity of Liverpool, UK
  12. New COVID-19 test gives results in 40 min and costs a gold coin

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    Researchers have developed a fast, accurate, low-cost COVID-19 test without the need for sophisticated equipment. ... production. In an experiment, the CRISPR test successfully detected all 52 coronavirus Read more about New COVID-19 test gives results in 40 min and costs a gold coin

    InternationalGuangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, China
  13. The danger of DIY vaccines

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    They say public mistrust in vaccines is growing, and the concept of a "DIY vaccine," as well as the jab being distributed by Russia without safety testing, are more likely to ... contribute to that Read more about The danger of DIY vaccines

    InternationalNew York University, USA
  14. Search for COVID-19 drugs boosted by SARS discovery

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 1628 AEST | 1828 NZST

    The EMBO Journal

    Using the National Drug Discovery Centre, researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute identified drug-like compounds that could block a key coronavirus protein called PLpro. ... Initially Read more about Search for COVID-19 drugs boosted by SARS discovery

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
  15. The world is aging and COVID-19 shows we’re not ready

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a glaring hole in our knowledge of age and immunity, US researchers argue in an editorial. ... They advocate for moving funding from disease-specific research towards Read more about The world is aging and COVID-19 shows we’re not ready

    InternationalHuman Vaccines Project, USA
  16. Robot pets could spread nasty microbes through care homes

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Robotic support pets for older adults and people with dementia can acquire a harmful level of microbes after being used for just 20 minutes, a new study demonstrates. ... The research also outlines a Read more about Robot pets could spread nasty microbes through care homes

    New Zealand; InternationalAUT University
  17. EXPLAINER: Vaccine clinical trial phases

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    The race is on to find a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the World Health Organization there are currently 31 vaccine candidates undergoing various phases of clinical trials around the world, Read more about EXPLAINER: Vaccine clinical trial phases

    Australia; International; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre|Mater Research|The University of Queensland
  18. Lockdowns have economic and social costs for world’s poorest families

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Lancet Global Health

    Low socioeconomic families – and particularly women – experienced increased financial hardship, food insecurity, domestic violence and mental health challenges during COVID-19 lockdown measures Read more about Lockdowns have economic and social costs for world’s poorest families

    Australia; International; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)...
  19. EXPERT REACTION: First reported case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Clinical Infectious Diseases

    The first case of COVID-19 reinfection has been reported by Hong Kong University. ... The research has been accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: First reported case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The Australian National University...
  20. Alcohol just as big a burden on hospitals as COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    Looking at Canada, the authors found 105,065 hospitalisations and 18,320 alcohol related deaths in 2017 versus 10,521 hospital stays and 8,737 deaths attributed to 5 months of ... The experts argue Read more about Alcohol just as big a burden on hospitals as COVID-19

    Australia; International; WACurtin University|University of Victoria, Canada

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