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. People with autoimmune diseases: keep taking your meds during the pandemic

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 1052 AEST | 1252 NZST

    Australian Prescriber

    People with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, often take medicines that suppress their immune system as part of their regular treatment. ... In a new editorial, Australian Read more about People with autoimmune diseases: keep taking your meds during the pandemic

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland|Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  2. Dr Fauci on the history of infectious disease

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 1041 AEST | 1241 NZST

    Cell

    One of the foremost medical experts fighting COVID-19 in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, has co-authored a paper on the history of infectious diseases. ... The paper says novel diseases emerge through dynamic Read more about Dr Fauci on the history of infectious disease

    InternationalNational Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, US
  3. COVID-19 a reminder of zoonotic diseases at home

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    The coronavirus pandemic is a timely reminder that diseases can jump from animals to humans in our own backyard too, a UNSW virologist says. Read more about COVID-19 a reminder of zoonotic diseases at home

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  4. Why do people believe conspiracy theories? New research challenges old theories

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The researchers ran a range of psychology experiments online to test the link between people's feelings of control and their inclination to believe in conspiracy theories. ... While their findings suggest Read more about Why do people believe conspiracy theories? New research challenges old theories

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago
  5. COVID cases and deaths seems to occur in a weekly cycle

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The researchers say it is possible that these peaks and dips in daily reported cases could be down to higher rates of testing during certain days of a week, however they ... say it is also likely that Read more about COVID cases and deaths seems to occur in a weekly cycle

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  6. EXPERT Q&A: Victoria records largest number of deaths to date alongside 282 new cases

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Aug 2020 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    Below, Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair in Epidemiology at Deakin University, answers some questions around Victoria's situation including case numbers, aged care and the growing death rate. Read more about EXPERT Q&A: Victoria records largest number of deaths to date alongside 282 new cases

    Australia; VICAustralian Science Media Centre|Deakin University
  7. Food safety model may help pandemic management

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Frontiers in Public Health

    No precedent exists for managing the COVID-19 pandemic – although a plan for working through major public food scares may point to the best ways of alerting and communicating with the Read more about Food safety model may help pandemic management

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  8. Heart health linked to risk of death from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Sat 15 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Researchers in Italy looked at data from more than 77,000 hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Asia, Europe and the US. ... They say doctors need to be more aware of this link and should look out for Read more about Heart health linked to risk of death from COVID-19

    InternationalUniversita degli Studi Magna Graecia di Catanzaro, Italy
  9. Kids are not an important source of COVID-19 infection

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Archives of Disease in Childhood

    Children made up a very small proportion - just 1 per cent - of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in England during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the large numbers ... The researchers say Read more about Kids are not an important source of COVID-19 infection

    InternationalPublic Health England, UK
  10. A different type of COVID-19 vaccine shows early promise

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    JAMA

    Early clinical testing of a Chinese vaccine against COVID-19 has shown promise, with the vaccine able to trigger anitbody production and also showing a low rate of adverse reactions. ... The vaccine is Read more about A different type of COVID-19 vaccine shows early promise

    InternationalChina National Biotec Group Company Limited
  11. Expert calls for schools to close in areas with community transmission

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    MJA

    She writes that children may have the potential to drive the pandemic, especially as children have many close contacts and cases are often missed. ... There is no reason to think children are less likely Read more about Expert calls for schools to close in areas with community transmission

    Australia; NSW; VIC; WAThe University of Western Australia
  12. Household contact may be the greatest risk for transmission of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Researchers in China say household contact may be the main way COVID-19 is spread and that rates of secondary spread of the virus were far higher in homes than in ... the same household were higher, with Read more about Household contact may be the greatest risk for transmission of COVID-19

    InternationalSouthern Medical University, China
  13. Obesity may increase risk of dying from COVID-19, especially in younger men

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Men and those younger than 60 years who had a high body weight were at particularly high risk for death, the experts say. ... And the effect may be more pronounced in men because they tend to carry excess Read more about Obesity may increase risk of dying from COVID-19, especially in younger men

    InternationalKaiser Permanente Southern California, USA
  14. Should staff lock down in the nursing home alongside residents to stop COVID coming in?

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    decided to confine themselves with their residents on a voluntary basis to reduce the risk of the virus coming into the facility. ... Only 0. 4 per cent of residents in the nursing homes with staff who Read more about Should staff lock down in the nursing home alongside residents to stop COVID coming in?

    InternationalHôpital Charles Foix, France
  15. Face masks should be distributed to those most vulnerable to COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Nature Communications

    Researchers in the USA and Taiwan have modelled the effect of masks on COVID-19 infections, taking account of availability and demand. ... The higher the quality of the masks, and the more available they Read more about Face masks should be distributed to those most vulnerable to COVID-19

    InternationalBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
  16. Big pharma needs big collaboration to scale up COVID-19 vaccine production

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    Researchers in the US are calling for pharmaceutical companies to share information on their manufacturing processes in order to be able to meet the global demand for COVID-19 vaccines. ... They say that Read more about Big pharma needs big collaboration to scale up COVID-19 vaccine production

    InternationalDuke University Law School, USA
  17. COVID-19 looks to be just as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Aug 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    During the peak of the 1918 H1N1 influenza outbreak in New York City there were around 287. ... However the 1918 flu pandemic was also starting from a higher baseline and prior the this current pandemic Read more about COVID-19 looks to be just as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
  18. Learning lessons from NZ's COVID-19 response

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Aug 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Political Quarterly

    Experts from the University of Canterbury have reviewed the New Zealand government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identified what they consider to be key lessons for the future. ... They also Read more about Learning lessons from NZ's COVID-19 response

    New ZealandUniversity of Canterbury
  19. Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Aug 2020 at 1000 AEST | 1200 NZST

    A four-fold increase in stillbirths in a large UK maternity hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic might also be replicated in Australia due to guidelines which have discouraged Read more about Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  20. EXPERT REACTION: Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine

    Publicly released: Wed 12 Aug 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the Russian regulator had approved the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, despite the drug yet Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Flinders University...

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