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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 travel restrictions can help when contact tracing is overwhelmed

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Interface

    While previous studies have questioned the benefits of travel restrictions and quarantines over contact tracing and other community interventions, the researchers used simulated modelling to show Read more about COVID-19 travel restrictions can help when contact tracing is overwhelmed

    InternationalUniversity of Minnesota, USA
  2. Ibuprofen probably won't make COVID-19 any worse

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and diclofenac, is not associated with any adverse effects in people who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Read more about Ibuprofen probably won't make COVID-19 any worse

    InternationalUniversity of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  3. New COVID-19 test could spot the cases that standard testing misses

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The test works by amplifying genetic material from the virus in tiny droplets suspended in oil, using a common lab technique called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). ... Amplification in the droplets Read more about New COVID-19 test could spot the cases that standard testing misses

    InternationalUniversity of Milan, Italy
  4. Weak and slow immune response may explain why the elderly and men are more likely to die of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Biology

    A dysfunctional antiviral immune response in men and the elderly may explain why they are more likely to die from COVID-19, according to US and Italian scientists. ... They extracted and sequenced viral Read more about Weak and slow immune response may explain why the elderly and men are more likely to die of COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Washington School of Medicine, USA
  5. The differences between COVID-19 and flu in kids

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    They found no differences in the rates of hospitalisation, admission to the intensive care unit, and mechanical ventilator use between the two groups. ... The findings suggest that prevention of both COVID Read more about The differences between COVID-19 and flu in kids

    InternationalChildren’s National Hospital, USA
  6. US mobile data suggest lockdowns work in the fight against COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    US scientists used anonymous location data from more than 45 million mobile phones to examine people's movements before and after the enactment of stay-at-home orders in the US, ... They found people Read more about US mobile data suggest lockdowns work in the fight against COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
  7. Promising preliminary results from Russian COVID-19 vaccine trials

    Publicly released: Mon 7 Sep 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    The Lancet

    The Russian researchers report that the two trials, which included 38 healthy adults each, did not find any serious adverse effects among participants, and confirmed that the vaccines provoked an Read more about Promising preliminary results from Russian COVID-19 vaccine trials

    InternationalN F Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia
  8. Localised lockdowns may be less disruptive

    Publicly released: Mon 7 Sep 2020 at 1008 AEST | 1208 NZST

    PNAS

    A new model of COVID-19’s spread in the Canadian province of Ontario suggests that closing and re-opening schools and offices on a county-by-county basis may be ... Coordinated lockdowns based on Read more about Localised lockdowns may be less disruptive

    InternationalUniversity of Guelph, Canada
  9. COVID-19 causes long-term lung and heart damage but it may improve with time

    Publicly released: Mon 7 Sep 2020 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    The European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress

    They reported on 86 patients, who they evaluated six and 12 weeks after their discharge from hospital. ... And nearly six in ten patients had heart problems after six weeks, although this may be only Read more about COVID-19 causes long-term lung and heart damage but it may improve with time

    InternationalUniversity Clinic of Internal Medicine in Innsbruck, Austria
  10. Psychological abuse: obstetric care must delve deeper

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Sep 2020 at 1702 AEST | 1902 NZST

    Journal of Family Violence

    As domestic violence skyrockets amid COVID-19, women’s health experts are calling for compulsory training of obstetric health practitioners to ensure they can recognise the signs of coercive Read more about Psychological abuse: obstetric care must delve deeper

    Australia; New Zealand; VIC; SAUniversity of South Australia|The University of Melbourne
  11. Māori more likely to die from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 4 Sep 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    NZMJ

    The researchers combined health data on ethnic groups in New Zealand with international COVID-19 data to get the results, which were similar for Pacific populations. ... They say their estimate is Read more about Māori more likely to die from COVID-19

    New ZealandTe Pūnaha Matatini|University of Canterbury|Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research...
  12. 19-year-old patient diagnosed with diabetes after a SARS-CoV-2 infection

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 1800 AEST | 2000 NZST

    Nature Metabolism

    The authors say this case study does not indicate that COVID-19 caused the diabetes and it is possible he had a rare, pre-existing condition. ... But they say COVID-19 might infect the function of the Read more about 19-year-old patient diagnosed with diabetes after a SARS-CoV-2 infection

    InternationalUniversity Medical Centre Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  13. Could poo in the plumbing have caused a COVID-19 outbreak in China?

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    The team studied throat swabs from infected patients, other building residents and building staff, as well as 237 surface and air samples from 11 of the 83 flats in the building, ... patients. While the Read more about Could poo in the plumbing have caused a COVID-19 outbreak in China?

    InternationalUniversity of Hong Kong
  14. Lift COVID restrictions with great care - the effects may not be seen for months

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 1700 AEST | 1900 NZST

    MJA

    to Aussie researchers who simulated transmission risks in households, schools, workplaces and community spaces and activities. ... They found policy changes leading to the gathering of large, unstructured Read more about Lift COVID restrictions with great care - the effects may not be seen for months

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute
  15. Retesting after 30 days key to curbing COVID-19 say Italian scientists

    Publicly released: Thu 3 Sep 2020 at 1645 AEST | 1845 NZST

    BMJ Open

    People who’ve had COVID-19 should be tested again four or more weeks after symptoms first appear to minimise the risk of infecting others, suggests a large population based study ... Of the 1259 people Read more about Retesting after 30 days key to curbing COVID-19 say Italian scientists

    Australia; InternationalIRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy
  16. 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
  17. 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)
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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