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COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, that has not been previously identified in humans. See below for a collection of resources to help you cover this issue (Please note: additional resources are available to journalists who are logged in).

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  1. COVID toes may point to an overactive immune response

    Publicly released: Thu 26 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Dermatology

    People coming to a clinic with a chilblain-like condition during the COVID-19 pandemic, often called 'COVID toes', have characteristics which indicate an overactive immune response called a type I Read more about COVID toes may point to an overactive immune response

    InternationalCentre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, France
  2. Tackling disadvantaged children's education post-COVID

    Publicly released: Thu 26 Nov 2020 at 0101 AEDT | 0301 NZDT

    COVID-19 has exposed fault lines in the education system for already disadvantaged students who are more likely to be severely impacted by the pandemic. Read more about Tackling disadvantaged children's education post-COVID

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  3. New plant-based gel to fast-track 'mini-organs' growth, improve cancer treatment

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    Advanced Science

    Monash University researchers have created the world’s first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications. ... This includes cancer development and Read more about New plant-based gel to fast-track 'mini-organs' growth, improve cancer treatment

    Australia; VICMonash University
  4. Plasma from recovered COVID patients of no benefit in severe COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The plasma of patients who have recovered from COVID-19, known as convalescent plasma, has been found to be no better than placebo for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, according ... Convalescent Read more about Plasma from recovered COVID patients of no benefit in severe COVID-19

    InternationalHospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. Hydroxychloroquine also doesn't work to prevent COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    A trial which used hydroxychloroquine to try and prevent COVID-19 developing in people who were close contacts of a confirmed case, has found it provides no benefit. ... the trial of over 200 people found Read more about Hydroxychloroquine also doesn't work to prevent COVID-19

    InternationalHospital Germans Trias i Pujol, Spain
  6. Meet the experts behind ensuring the reliability of sewage testing for coronavirus

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    The collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 (ColoSSoS Project) is giving our regulators, industry and the community confidence in the quality and reliability of testing methods. Read more about Meet the experts behind ensuring the reliability of sewage testing for coronavirus

    AustraliaWater Research Australia|National Measurement Institute
  7. EXPERT REACTION: Emergency department visits surged during 2019-20 black summer bushfires

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows increases in emergency department visits for respiratory problems and sales of asthma medication in regions affected by the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Emergency department visits surged during 2019-20 black summer bushfires

    Australia; NSWAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  8. UK SMC BRIEFING + EXPERT REACTION: Phase 3 Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial results

    Publicly released: Tue 24 Nov 2020 at 1042 AEDT | 1242 NZDT

    Our colleagues at the UK SMC have hosted a media briefing to present the results of the Phase 3 trial into the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID vaccine. ... Phase 3 interim analysis including 131 Covid-19 cases Read more about UK SMC BRIEFING + EXPERT REACTION: Phase 3 Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial results

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK, AstraZeneca
  9. Isolation makes us literally hungry for company

    Publicly released: Tue 24 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    Nature Neuroscience

    Social isolation can evoke a craving response in the human brain, US research finds. ... Scientists restricted the in-person and online social interactions of 40 people for ten hours and measured their Read more about Isolation makes us literally hungry for company

    InternationalMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  10. Greenhouse gas is still at record levels despite COVID-19 lockdowns, according to WMO

    Publicly released: Mon 23 Nov 2020 at 2100 AEDT | 2300 NZDT

    WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

    The WMO says COVID-19 has not curbed record levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, despite the industrial slowdown as a result of the pandemic. ... The WMO Secretary-General Professor Petteri Read more about Greenhouse gas is still at record levels despite COVID-19 lockdowns, according to WMO

    InternationalWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  11. Pioneering remote screening for vital health signs indicating COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1330 AEDT | 1530 NZDT

    A key symptom of COVID-19 – oxygen saturation – is now being estimated remotely from a camera, thanks to research from University of South Australia engineers Professor Javaan Chahl, Dr Ali Read more about Pioneering remote screening for vital health signs indicating COVID-19

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  12. Don’t use remdesivir to treat COVID-19 - WHO

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    The BMJ

    The WHO has concluded that remdesivir has no meaningful effect on whether COVID-19 patients die, need to go on a ventilator, or how long they take to improve. ... After thoroughly reviewing the evidence, Read more about Don’t use remdesivir to treat COVID-19 - WHO

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  13. Infectiousness peaks early in COVID-19 patients, cases need to be rapidly isolated

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1050 AEDT | 1250 NZDT

    The Lancet Microbe

    People infected with SARS-CoV-2 are most likely to be highly infectious in the first week after symptom onset, highlighting the need to identify and isolate cases early, according to ... Unlike COVID-19, Read more about Infectiousness peaks early in COVID-19 patients, cases need to be rapidly isolated

    InternationalUniversity of St Andrews, UK
  14. Slaughterhouses are coronavirus hotspots

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    PNAS

    Livestock processing plants are responsible for up to 8 per cent of all coronavirus infections in the United States, new research finds. ... The study authors say as of July, slaughterhouses were linked Read more about Slaughterhouses are coronavirus hotspots

    InternationalColumbia University, USA
  15. How the flu spreads within cities

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    PLOS Pathogens

    The researchers say this kind of data can help in understanding how respiratory viruses spread and could lead to more efficient public health interventions, including for the current COVID-19 Read more about How the flu spreads within cities

    InternationalETH Zürich, Switzerland
  16. NZers toughed out appendicitis through lockdown

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    The number of patients with appendicitis in New Zealand hospitals noticeably dropped over the national COVID-19 lockdown. ... However those who did go to hospital had been experiencing symptoms for longer, Read more about NZers toughed out appendicitis through lockdown

    New ZealandTauranga Hospital
  17. Start monitoring for vaccine side effects now - GP

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    A retired GP says New Zealand should set up a system to actively monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. ... The author writes the planning should start urgently, as it took three years to establish Read more about Start monitoring for vaccine side effects now - GP

    New ZealandN/A
  18. Oxford's COVID-19 jab safer in older adults

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1800 AEDT | 2000 NZDT

    The Lancet

    Phase 2 trial results from Oxford’s ChAdOx1 vaccine shows it’s better tolerated in older people compared to younger adults, and produces a similar immune response in old and young ... The jab prompted Read more about Oxford's COVID-19 jab safer in older adults

    InternationalOxford Vaccine Group, UK
  19. Potential new target to combat inflammatory diseases

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1618 AEDT | 1818 NZDT

    EBioMedicine

    WEHI’s Associate Professor Seth Masters and his research team discovered the compound could prevent up-regulation of CD14, a key inflammatory protein. Read more about Potential new target to combat inflammatory diseases

    Australia; VICWEHI|The University of Melbourne
  20. Smartwatches could help detect COVID before symptoms appear

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1508 AEDT | 1708 NZDT

    Nature Biomedical Engineering

    Smartwatches can detect changes in you body as much as nine days before COVID symptoms appear, according to US research. ... The researchers analysed data from 32 individuals infected with COVID-19, Read more about Smartwatches could help detect COVID before symptoms appear

    InternationalStanford University School of Medicine, USA

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