Resources for Journalists

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. Tweets show the good, the bad, and the ugly of lockdown

    Publicly released: Sat 23 Jan 2021 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    PLoS ONE

    In South Africa the Covid-19 lockdown had a significant negative impact on happiness. ... This was measured using sentiment analysis of Twitter posts (between January and June), with every tweet Read more about Tweets show the good, the bad, and the ugly of lockdown

    InternationalAUT University
  2. PTSD link to pandemic panic

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1439 AEDT | 1639 NZDT

    PLoS ONE

    g. , sexual assault, natural disaster). “Our findings highlight the need to focus on the acute psychological distress – including the perceived emotional impact of particular events – Read more about PTSD link to pandemic panic

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  3. Truth-telling vital for Australia's unity

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1430 AEDT | 1630 NZDT

    It is important that all Australians understand the impacts of colonisation and dispossession and the truth of the frontiers wars", says co-author Aboriginal archaeologist Dr Kellie Pollard, from Read more about Truth-telling vital for Australia's unity

    Australia; SA; NT; ACTFlinders University|Charles Darwin University|University of Canberra
  4. The National Youth Science Forum 2021 Year 12 Program closing event: Meet the Chiefs

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1300 AEDT | 1500 NZDT

    They will be particularly interested in the key STEM industries and job opportunities available to them in the future. ... the National Youth Science Forum’s (NYSF) 2021 Year 12 Program and inform them Read more about The National Youth Science Forum 2021 Year 12 Program closing event: Meet the Chiefs

    AustraliaNational Youth Science Forum
  5. Could COVID quarantine be reduced to a week?

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1130 AEDT | 1330 NZDT

    The Lancet Public Health

    a confirmed COVID-19 case Model assumes that quarantine adherence levels are moderate, with 67% of people completing the recommended 14-day isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 and Read more about Could COVID quarantine be reduced to a week?

    InternationalLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
  6. Evidence of the virus behind COVID-19 found in the cornea

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    Genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in the cornea of patients with COVID-19, according to German research. ... But despite this, the authors say the risk of Read more about Evidence of the virus behind COVID-19 found in the cornea

    InternationalUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
  7. Severe allergic reaction extremely rare with Pfizer COVID vaccine

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    JAMA Insights

    Severe allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine are rare, with around 11 cases for every million doses administered, say US scientists. ... During December 14 to 23, 2020, Read more about Severe allergic reaction extremely rare with Pfizer COVID vaccine

    InternationalCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
  8. Social pressure vs doing the right thing - what matters more for social distancing?

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    British Journal of Psychology

    Social pressure may be more influential than personal belief when it comes to following COVID-19 guidelines, according to an international study of over 6,500 people in 114 countries. ... Tunçgenç noted Read more about Social pressure vs doing the right thing - what matters more for social distancing?

    InternationalUniversity of Nottingham, UK
  9. EXPERT Q&A: Answering your questions about COVID-19 variants

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    With reports of new COVID-19 strains emerging in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, an Australian expert answers key questions about the new strains and how they might impact the ... current COVID-19 Read more about EXPERT Q&A: Answering your questions about COVID-19 variants

    Australia; NSWThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  10. Watch those sanitiser squirts! Reports of hand sanitiser in the eye up 7 fold

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    Pediatric Eye Injuries, Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Pandemic JAMA Ophthalmology Brief Report Pediatric Eye Injuries by Hydroalcoholic Gel in the Context of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Read more about Watch those sanitiser squirts! Reports of hand sanitiser in the eye up 7 fold

    InternationalRothschild Foundation Hospital, France
  11. Sliding life expectancy poses gender, inequity questions

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

    Professor Baum says this situation has been amplified during COVID-19, with such high numbers of women around the world engaged in vulnerable frontline health provision and essential work services. Read more about Sliding life expectancy poses gender, inequity questions

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  12. Males are often the weaker sex when it comes to infectious diseases

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    Science

    Males are more likely to have severe COVID-19 and die than females, and this difference between sexes is also seen in some other infectious diseases. ... While differences in behaviour may contribute, Read more about Males are often the weaker sex when it comes to infectious diseases

    InternationalYale University, USA
  13. Barriers preventing high-quality mental health care for children revealed

    Publicly released: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

    But she stressed the rise of telehealth may not deliver effective care for children and adolescents with complex mental health problems, which could increase due to trauma from COVID-19. ... Researchers Read more about Barriers preventing high-quality mental health care for children revealed

    Australia; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
  14. Arthritis drug tocilizumab no better than standard care for severe COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Jan 2021 at 1606 AEDT | 1806 NZDT

    The BMJ

    Tocilizumab blocks a specific part of the immune system (interleukin 6) that can go into overdrive in some patients with covid-19. ... And they say these results “raise questions about an Read more about Arthritis drug tocilizumab no better than standard care for severe COVID-19

    InternationalBP-A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, Brazil
  15. COVID-19 lockdowns increase meth exposure risks in former home labs

    Publicly released: Thu 21 Jan 2021 at 1300 AEDT | 1500 NZDT

    ANZJPH

    health agencies investigating methamphetamine contamination in houses during the Covid-19 pandemic. ... The study, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, found that Covid-19 Read more about COVID-19 lockdowns increase meth exposure risks in former home labs

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  16. Is COVID-19 affecting male fertility?

    Publicly released: Wed 20 Jan 2021 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Biology

    More research into COVID-19 and fertility is required to confirm these preliminary results, they say. ... COVID-19 and reproductive health – This review calls for more research on the effects of Read more about Is COVID-19 affecting male fertility?

    InternationalAssam University, India
  17. Schools and parents urged to register for food safety training (plus Summer lunch box food safety tips)

    Publicly released: Wed 20 Jan 2021 at 0700 AEDT | 0900 NZDT

    This year we have partnered with our supporter Provisual to get food safety information, including links to COVID safe information, into school canteens and tuckshops. ... Make sure ready-to-eat lunchbox Read more about Schools and parents urged to register for food safety training (plus Summer lunch box food safety tips)

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council
  18. Wearing a mask seems to reduce COVID-19 transmission

    Publicly released: Tue 19 Jan 2021 at 2300 AEDT | Wed 20 Jan 2021 at 0100 NZDT

    The Lancet Digital Health

    reduce their risk of COVID-19 infection, such as increased hand washing, and this was not addressed in the study. ... live, and fitted to case data from two other open databases, The COVID Tracking Read more about Wearing a mask seems to reduce COVID-19 transmission

    InternationalBoston Children’s Hospital, USA
  19. Lockdown affords Aussie tennis players a unique advantage

    Publicly released: Tue 19 Jan 2021 at 1430 AEDT | 1630 NZDT

    Prof Norton says that resistance training and the ability to adapt will be critical for players in lockdown. ... COVID-19 has presented unprecedented conditions for all of us; how players perform is yet Read more about Lockdown affords Aussie tennis players a unique advantage

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  20. COVID-19 death rates seem to have decreased over time

    Publicly released: Tue 19 Jan 2021 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Researchers used patient health records to determine death from all causes for 468 patients with COVID-19 related critical illnesses over 28 days during the initial days of the pandemic. ... unit with Read more about COVID-19 death rates seem to have decreased over time

    InternationalHospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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