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. COVID-19 exposes gaps in NBN

    Publicly released: Mon 31 Aug 2020 at 1204 AEST | 1404 NZST

    Telecommunications Policy

    With access to high-speed broadband (HSB) and the internet via the NBN now central to people’s livelihoods, education, healthcare delivery and even social connections, the Flinders University Read more about COVID-19 exposes gaps in NBN

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  2. COVID-19 an opportunity for Australia to help boost Indo-Pacific health services

    Publicly released: Mon 31 Aug 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    MJA

    The pandemic provides a unique opportunity for the Australian Government to advance its commitment to strengthening health care systems and deliver on the promise of its Pacific Step-up, they say, Read more about COVID-19 an opportunity for Australia to help boost Indo-Pacific health services

    Australia; NSW; VICMonash University
  3. Kids' COVID symptoms may go undetected

    Publicly released: Sat 29 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    During the COVID pandemic South Korea has undertaken massive testing of all contacts or suspected cases and a strict regime of isolation, tracing, and quarantine for COVID -19 patients and contacts, Read more about Kids' COVID symptoms may go undetected

    InternationalThe Catholic University of Korea
  4. Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Clinical Microbiology and Infection

    A review of the research shows the drug hasn’t affected deaths - except when used in combination with an antibiotic, where the risk of death increased. ... The review authors say a great deal of Read more about Hydroxychloroquine hopes dashed

    InternationalParis-Saclay University, France
  5. Kids have less severe COVID-19 than adults and death is exceptionally rare

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    However, the findings also show that Black children were disproportionately severely affected by COVID-19 infection. ... The scientists analysed data from 651 UK children and young people with COVID-19. Read more about Kids have less severe COVID-19 than adults and death is exceptionally rare

    InternationalUniversity of Liverpool, UK
  6. New COVID-19 test gives results in 40 min and costs a gold coin

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    Researchers have developed a fast, accurate, low-cost COVID-19 test without the need for sophisticated equipment. ... production. In an experiment, the CRISPR test successfully detected all 52 coronavirus Read more about New COVID-19 test gives results in 40 min and costs a gold coin

    InternationalGuangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, China
  7. The danger of DIY vaccines

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    They say public mistrust in vaccines is growing, and the concept of a "DIY vaccine," as well as the jab being distributed by Russia without safety testing, are more likely to ... contribute to that Read more about The danger of DIY vaccines

    InternationalNew York University, USA
  8. Search for COVID-19 drugs boosted by SARS discovery

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 1628 AEST | 1828 NZST

    The EMBO Journal

    Using the National Drug Discovery Centre, researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute identified drug-like compounds that could block a key coronavirus protein called PLpro. ... Initially Read more about Search for COVID-19 drugs boosted by SARS discovery

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
  9. The world is aging and COVID-19 shows we’re not ready

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a glaring hole in our knowledge of age and immunity, US researchers argue in an editorial. ... They advocate for moving funding from disease-specific research towards Read more about The world is aging and COVID-19 shows we’re not ready

    InternationalHuman Vaccines Project, USA
  10. Robot pets could spread nasty microbes through care homes

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Robotic support pets for older adults and people with dementia can acquire a harmful level of microbes after being used for just 20 minutes, a new study demonstrates. ... The research also outlines a Read more about Robot pets could spread nasty microbes through care homes

    New Zealand; InternationalAUT University
  11. EXPLAINER: Vaccine clinical trial phases

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    The race is on to find a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the World Health Organization there are currently 31 vaccine candidates undergoing various phases of clinical trials around the world, Read more about EXPLAINER: Vaccine clinical trial phases

    Australia; International; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre|Mater Research|The University of Queensland
  12. Lockdowns have economic and social costs for world’s poorest families

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Lancet Global Health

    Low socioeconomic families – and particularly women – experienced increased financial hardship, food insecurity, domestic violence and mental health challenges during COVID-19 lockdown measures Read more about Lockdowns have economic and social costs for world’s poorest families

    Australia; International; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)...
  13. EXPERT REACTION: First reported case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Clinical Infectious Diseases

    The first case of COVID-19 reinfection has been reported by Hong Kong University. ... The research has been accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: First reported case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The Australian National University...
  14. Alcohol just as big a burden on hospitals as COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    Looking at Canada, the authors found 105,065 hospitalisations and 18,320 alcohol related deaths in 2017 versus 10,521 hospital stays and 8,737 deaths attributed to 5 months of ... The experts argue Read more about Alcohol just as big a burden on hospitals as COVID-19

    Australia; International; WACurtin University|University of Victoria, Canada
  15. Google searches for anxiety spiked early in COVID-19 pandemic, then returned to normal

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    US scientists say Google searches related to anxiety and panic attacks spiked early in the COVID-19 pandemic, but have since returned to typical levels. ... They looked at US searches for the terms Read more about Google searches for anxiety spiked early in COVID-19 pandemic, then returned to normal

    InternationalUniversity of California, San Diego, USA
  16. Severe viral infection overwhelms immune cells

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Immunology

    Melbourne researchers have identified mechanisms leading to the functional deterioration of the immune system in response to severe viral infections, such as HIV or COVID-19. Read more about Severe viral infection overwhelms immune cells

    Australia; NSWThe University of Melbourne|Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)...
  17. Many animal species may be at risk from coronavirus

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Aug 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    PNAS

    More than 100 animals species including Old World primates, deer, whales, and dolphins, that are potentially susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19, say international Read more about Many animal species may be at risk from coronavirus

    InternationalUniversity of California, USA
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Trump announces emergency authorisation of convalescent plasma for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Aug 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    US President Donald Trump has announced the Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorisation for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Trump announces emergency authorisation of convalescent plasma for COVID-19

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  19. Press power during the pandemic

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Aug 2020 at 1018 AEST | 1218 NZST

    Frontiers in Public Health

    The mass media’s coverage of the pandemic health crisis carries an important responsibility to offer balanced messaging about COVID-19 and public behaviour, Flinders University public health Read more about Press power during the pandemic

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  20. Lung fungi could be linked to Covid breathing troubles

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Aug 2020 at 1001 AEST | 1201 NZST

    European Respiratory Society International Congress

    New research suggests patients with fewer different types of fungi in their lungs experience the respiratory syndrome more severely. ... The scientists say further research on the understudied lung Read more about Lung fungi could be linked to Covid breathing troubles

    InternationalUniversity of Pittsburgh, USA

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