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. 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...
  2. Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

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

    MJA

    Victoria's COVID-19 control measures have reduced the reproduction ratio of the virus from 1. ... 75 to 1. 16 and averted between 9000 and 37 000 infections between 2 and 30 July, according to new research Read more about Melbourne's stage 3 lockdowns have prevented thousands of infections

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute|Monash University|Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  3. 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

    As COVID-19 sweeps the world, PPE is being disposed of at unprecedented levels, which could become a significant threat to the environment. ... And, unlike the plastics used in PPE, the resulting fuel is Read more about Used COVID-19 PPE could be turned into biofuels instead of landing in landfill

    InternationalUniversity of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Two candidate vaccines show promise in protecting monkeys against COVID-19

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

    Nature

    Two candidate COVID vaccines have shown they can help protect monkeys exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. ... It was able to offer partial or full protection against SARS-CoV-2 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
  10. 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

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