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. First review of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infection models aims to fast track research

    Publicly released: Mon 24 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Mucosal Immunology

    The first comprehensive review of all relevant animal and cellular models of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 aims to assist with fast-tracking ongoing research into new preventions and Read more about First review of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infection models aims to fast track research

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)|Centenary Institute
  2. COVID-19 contact tracing may support relaxation of distancing, but not a return to normal contact

    Publicly released: Sat 22 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    They say its effectiveness depends on how good we are at detecting cases, and at enforcing quarantine for infected people. ... They conclude that high detection rates and contact tracing could allow Read more about COVID-19 contact tracing may support relaxation of distancing, but not a return to normal contact

    InternationalHarvard University, USA
  3. New trial raises questions about whether remdesivir works for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 22 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    The study found that compared to standard care, those treated with the drug on a five day course had a statistically significantly better clinical status by day 11. ... However, the authors say this was Read more about New trial raises questions about whether remdesivir works for COVID-19

    InternationalGilead Sciences, USA
  4. Research shows COVID-19 is a multi-organ metabolic disease

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1558 AEST | 1758 NZST

    Journal of Proteome Research

    Analysis of blood plasma specimens from previously diagnosed COVID-19 positive patients using state-of-the-art metabolic phenotyping technologies has revealed a profound biological fingerprint of the Read more about Research shows COVID-19 is a multi-organ metabolic disease

    Australia; WAMurdoch University
  5. Could COVID be spread through our sewage system?

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1305 AEST | 1505 NZST

    Nature Sustainability

    the environment, according to a review of the science surrounding COVID and sewage. ... Wastewater aerosols and droplets were also a key mechanism for transmission during the the SARS outbreak, and the Read more about Could COVID be spread through our sewage system?

    InternationalBen-Gurion University of the Negev, Isreal
  6. What does the science say about COVID-19 and pregnancy?

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    Transmission to babies does appear to be possible, although it remains unclear whether babies were infected while in the womb, during birth, or after being born, the scientists say. ... Further study is Read more about What does the science say about COVID-19 and pregnancy?

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne|Monash University|The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  7. Even mild COVID-19 can trigger an immune response

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Cell

    The authors looked at the immune response of more than 200 people in Sweden across the full spectrum of SARS-CoV-2 exposure, infection, and disease. ... and people who only had very mild COVID-19, Read more about Even mild COVID-19 can trigger an immune response

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
  8. COVID-19 ‘superspreaders’ hit rural communities hardest

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1025 AEST | 1225 NZST

    PNAS

    Superspreaders - people who infect a disproportionate number of others with COVID-19 - have been found to cause a significant impact in rural areas and in the later stages of an outbreak. ... Researchers Read more about COVID-19 ‘superspreaders’ hit rural communities hardest

    InternationalEmory University, US
  9. If 1 million die in the US that would make COVID as deadly as almost 30 years of HIV/AIDS

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    PNAS

    it comparable to the HIV/AIDS and opioid epidemic - which have occurred over much longer time periods. ... The research also found that the people we lost would be dying around 12 years before their time Read more about If 1 million die in the US that would make COVID as deadly as almost 30 years of HIV/AIDS

    InternationalUniversity of California, USA
  10. Mandatory masking avoids stigma and seen as ‘more fair’

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    PNAS

    Despite predictions that masks could lull people into a false sense of security leading to relaxed attitudes to hand washing and physical distancing, the survey shows mask wearing actually went Read more about Mandatory masking avoids stigma and seen as ‘more fair’

    InternationalUniversity of Erfurt, Germany
  11. Where were all the heart patients over lockdown?

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Aug 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    Data show the number of admissions to the Waitematā DHB were consistently lower than the previous two years, even with a peak during weeks four and five of the lockdown. ... The scientists say the strict Read more about Where were all the heart patients over lockdown?

    New ZealandWaitematā District Health Board
  12. Contact tracing apps ‘largely unproven’

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Aug 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

    The authors also point to privacy concerns, and the potential for people without access to technology to be even more impacted by the virus. ... Overall, the team of researchers from New Zealand, the USA, Read more about Contact tracing apps ‘largely unproven’

    Australia; New Zealand; International; NSWUniversity of Otago|The University of Sydney|The University of Newcastle
  13. Why is COVID-19 twice as fatal for men as women?

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Obesity Research and Clinical Practice

    Across Australia and the world, COVID-19 is twice as fatal for men as women. ... Professor Gary Wittert from the University of Adelaide and the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing at SAHMRI Read more about Why is COVID-19 twice as fatal for men as women?

    Australia; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)...
  14. COVID-19 leaves kids vulnerable to immune disease

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Aug 2020 at 0915 AEST | 1115 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    They found the children had a similar immune response to an adult with COVID-19, and the illness appears to be distinct from Kawasaki disease, another inflammatory syndrome which has been ... They say Read more about COVID-19 leaves kids vulnerable to immune disease

    InternationalKing’s College London, UK
  15. AusSMC BRIEFING: Genomic testing for COVID-19 - ask the experts

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Recording now available: As cases continue in Victoria and NSW, a lot has been said about genomic testing; including that it could link 99 per cent of Victoria's second wave ... But how does it work, what Read more about AusSMC BRIEFING: Genomic testing for COVID-19 - ask the experts

    Australia; NSW; VICAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of Sydney...
  16. CSIRO welcomes Australian agreement with AstraZeneca to provide access to Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    CSIRO welcomes the Australian Government’s agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, to give Australians access to the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine, should it prove successful, Read more about CSIRO welcomes Australian agreement with AstraZeneca to provide access to Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine

    AustraliaCSIRO
  17. Nose 'smell zone' may be major entry point for COVID-19, explaining sense of smell loss

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    European Respiratory Journal

    This enzyme is thought to be the ‘entry point’ that allows coronavirus to get into the cells of the body and cause an infection. ... This may explain why so many people with COVID-19 lose their sense Read more about Nose 'smell zone' may be major entry point for COVID-19, explaining sense of smell loss

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  18. How COVID-19 spread onboard one international flight

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Both people were seated within 2 rows of a COVID-19 case. The researchers say the airflow in the cabin from the ceiling to the floor and from the front to ... the rear may have helped  reduce the Read more about How COVID-19 spread onboard one international flight

    InternationalGoethe University, Germany
  19. Official Aussie COVID-19 websites may be too difficult for many Australians to read

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    COVID-19 information on official Australian government sites uses technical terminology and language that is too difficult for the average person to read, according to US research. ... The found the World Read more about Official Aussie COVID-19 websites may be too difficult for many Australians to read

    Australia; InternationalDartmouth College, USA
  20. Dry air increases COVID risk; another reason to wear a mask

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 1300 AEST | 1500 NZST

    Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

    A second Australian study confirms a link between COVID-19 and low humidity. ... Expert says we could face increased risks when humidity is low: August has the lowest humidity in some parts of Australia, Read more about Dry air increases COVID risk; another reason to wear a mask

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney

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