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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-19 could lower life expectancy in severely affected areas

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The researchers examined the impact of COVID-19-related deaths on life expectancy in four broad world regions across multiple rates of infection and age groups. ... At higher prevalence rates, the impact Read more about COVID-19 could lower life expectancy in severely affected areas

    InternationalInternational Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  2. COVID-19 may be increasing the gender gap in science

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, and it seems women in science are no different. ... The research did not find a similar change in gender gap on the biology research Read more about COVID-19 may be increasing the gender gap in science

    InternationalUniversity of Texas, USA
  3. Travel restrictions limit the spread of COVID-19 better than screening people at borders

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    Restricting travel across borders is probably more effective than entry and exit screening, according to a wide-ranging review of the evidence. ... The review found screening is likely to be more Read more about Travel restrictions limit the spread of COVID-19 better than screening people at borders

    InternationalInstitute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, IBE, LMU Munich, Germany
  4. Wearing glasses may help protect you from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 1430 AEST | 1630 NZST

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    8 per cent were glasses wearers, much lower that the average for the population which is around 31 per cent. ... The authors conclude that wearing eyeglasses more than eight hours-per-day may be Read more about Wearing glasses may help protect you from COVID-19

    InternationalThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, China
  5. To tweet or not to tweet: what boosts COVID-19 retweets?

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The research found no single topic was more likely to be retweeted than others, and using exclamation points or presenting content in the form of a question did not appear to ... The researchers say their Read more about To tweet or not to tweet: what boosts COVID-19 retweets?

    InternationalUniversity at Albany, USA
  6. Blood from recovered Covid patients may save lives

    Publicly released: Wed 16 Sep 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    Antibody-rich plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients may be an effective stopgap treatment while we wait for new antiviral medications and vaccines. ... transfusion. Patients treated with convalescent Read more about Blood from recovered Covid patients may save lives

    InternationalIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  7. Formal procedures needed to fix ill-fitting face masks

    Publicly released: Wed 16 Sep 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Anaesthesia

    In addition, the masks fit just 84 per cent of Asians, dropping to 60 per cent for Asian women. ... The authors say that more formal fit-testing procedures, including more diverse testing panels, rather Read more about Formal procedures needed to fix ill-fitting face masks

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|Telethon Kids Institute...
  8. Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Australian scientists and health professionals in the water sector have partnered to transfer leading Australian innovation in the environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 to support the governments Read more about Australia to assist South East Asia with early warning COVID-19 surveillance

    AustraliaWater Research Australia
  9. If we spent the cost of COVID on pandemic preparations it would have lasted 500 years

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 1107 AEST | 1307 NZST

    Last year, the same group warned that the world was unprepared for the very real likelihood of a deadly pandemic spreading around the globe and they called for urgent action to ... break the cycle of Read more about If we spent the cost of COVID on pandemic preparations it would have lasted 500 years

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  10. WHO releases new COVID-19 guidance for schools

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0807 AEST | 1007 NZST

    The World Health Organisation has released new guidance for schools to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to students and staff. ... The report replaces previous guidance, released in May 2020, and introduces Read more about WHO releases new COVID-19 guidance for schools

    InternationalWorld Health Organisation
  11. Early-outbreak quarantine cheaper, more effective

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0739 AEST | 0939 NZST

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    A wide-ranging review of the evidence for quarantine has been updated, finding it is most effective in stemming COVID-19 infections and deaths when started earlier in an outbreak. ... This approach also Read more about Early-outbreak quarantine cheaper, more effective

    InternationalDanube University Krems, Austria
  12. COVID-19 immunity may be short-lived

    Publicly released: Tue 15 Sep 2020 at 0704 AEST | 0904 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    A study of ten healthy men monitored over 35 years in Amsterdam found that reinfection with the same seasonal coronavirus was common, and typically occurred around one year after the initial Read more about COVID-19 immunity may be short-lived

    InternationalAmsterdam UMC, The Netherlands
  13. Far from optimal: immune cell responses in COVID-19 patients

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    PNAS

    fever. The team looked at 22 COVID-19 samples from patients who experienced asymptomatic, mild or moderate illness. Read more about Far from optimal: immune cell responses in COVID-19 patients

    Australia; VICDoherty Institute for Infection and Immunity|The University of Melbourne...
  14. Estimating the cost of widespread COVID-19 testing of higher-risk groups

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    CMAJ

    Canadian researchers identified five priority groups: contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19; hospital employees; health care workers and people in long-term care facilities; Read more about Estimating the cost of widespread COVID-19 testing of higher-risk groups

    InternationalMcGill University, Canada
  15. Just one in ten US COVID-19 cases were documented by April - estimate

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Nature Communications

    The United States' confirmed COVID-19 numbers don’t truly reflect the burden of the pandemic, say researchers who have aimed to fill in the gaps left by limited testing. ... While around 720,000 cases Read more about Just one in ten US COVID-19 cases were documented by April - estimate

    InternationalUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA
  16. Risk of getting COVID-19 not equal among UK hospital staff

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    On the flip side, infection risk was highest among cleaners and acute and general medicine clinicians, while staff of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds also had an increased risk. Read more about Risk of getting COVID-19 not equal among UK hospital staff

    InternationalUniversity of Birmingham, UK
  17. Antibody responses in COVID-19 patients could guide vaccine design

    Publicly released: Fri 11 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    The results showed that the neutralising activity of antibodies from recovered patients is typically weak, and declines sharply within a month of hospital discharge. ... According to the authors, the Read more about Antibody responses in COVID-19 patients could guide vaccine design

    InternationalNanjing University Medical School, China
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Pause of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Sep 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    Following news yesterday that AstraZeneca has paused their Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trials due to a suspected adverse reaction, more information has been released about the participant that led to Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Pause of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Australia; New Zealand; NSW; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|Murdoch University...
  19. New tool outsmarts COVID-19 virus to help vaccine development

    Publicly released: Thu 10 Sep 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    Melbourne researchers have developed a tool to monitor mutations that make it difficult to develop coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines and drugs. Read more about New tool outsmarts COVID-19 virus to help vaccine development

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  20. Global Drug Survey COVID-19 edition: expert comment from co-lead researcher

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 1800 AEST | 2000 NZST

    The Global Drug Survey COVID-19 Special Edition results will be released Wednesday 9 September at 6pm AEST and co-lead researcher Dr Monica Barratt from RMIT University is available to ... comment. The Read more about Global Drug Survey COVID-19 edition: expert comment from co-lead researcher

    Australia; International; VIC; QLDRMIT University|The University of Queensland

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