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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. Slower lockdown in Victoria may explain why second outbreak was 10 times bigger

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Oct 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    The Innovation

    An analysis of the two waves of COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria suggests that the slower lockdown on the second wave, which was not implemented until cases hit 143, compared with ... just 17 cases for the Read more about Slower lockdown in Victoria may explain why second outbreak was 10 times bigger

    Australia; VICMonash University|Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, China
  2. COVID-Karens tend to be Fox News fans

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Global Health

    Additionally, they say that the TV-right-wingers were significantly more likely to do things that would increase their and others' risk of infection. ... The team pulled data from a survey of nearly 9,000 Read more about COVID-Karens tend to be Fox News fans

    InternationalUniversity of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. EXPERT REACTION: Trial finds hydroxychloroquine doesn't stop people dying from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Oct 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The international RECOVERY Collaborative Group found in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, those who received hydroxychloroquine did not have a lower incidence of death at 28 days than those who Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Trial finds hydroxychloroquine doesn't stop people dying from COVID-19

    International; NSW; VIC; QLD; ACTLa Trobe University|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  4. Do cloth masks work? Only if you machine wash them after use

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Oct 2020 at 0717 AEDT | 0917 NZDT

    BMJ Open

    A new publication from researchers at UNSW Sydney advises daily washing of cloth masks to reduce the likelihood of contamination and transmission of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. ... Cloth masks must be Read more about Do cloth masks work? Only if you machine wash them after use

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
  5. Kiwi GPs kept up pandemic appointments, but mostly online

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Oct 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    A case study of one urban general practice found that in both periods, 20 per cent of patients had contact with the practice. ... However, only one fifth of these appointments were face-to-face during Read more about Kiwi GPs kept up pandemic appointments, but mostly online

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  6. Potential COVID-19 vaccines not affected by dominant 'G-strain'

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Oct 2020 at 2001 AEDT | 2201 NZDT

    npj Vaccines

    date. Most vaccines under development worldwide have been modelled on the original ‘D-strain’ of the virus, which were more common amongst sequences published early in the pandemic. Read more about Potential COVID-19 vaccines not affected by dominant 'G-strain'

    AustraliaCSIRO
  7. To catch COVID-19 cases, we need to test those without symptoms

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Oct 2020 at 1630 AEDT | 1830 NZDT

    Clinical Epidemiology

    according to a study which included over 36,000 people tested between April 26 and June 27 this year. ... The authors say a more widespread testing program is needed to catch ‘silent’ transmission and Read more about To catch COVID-19 cases, we need to test those without symptoms

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  8. One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Oct 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    Report of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

    They say that 84 per cent of stillbirths occur in low- and lower-middle-income countries. ... The authors say that in 2019, three in four stillbirths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia. Read more about One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Cancer screening down in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Thu 8 Oct 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    The report, Cancer screening and COVID-19 in Australia, brings together data for the period of January to June 2020 on the 3 national cancer screening programs; Breast Screen Australia, the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Cancer screening down in Australia amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; NT; ACTAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  10. Protecting wildlife from COVID-infected humans

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Oct 2020 at 1501 AEDT | 1701 NZDT

    Mammal Review

    Transmission of the virus from humans to pets and zoo animals has already been documented, and the researchers are concerned that domesticated and feral animals could be intermediate hosts that Read more about Protecting wildlife from COVID-infected humans

    InternationalRega Institute, University of Antwerp
  11. Novel drug in development to inhibit acute inflammation

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Oct 2020 at 1201 AEDT | 1401 NZDT

    Researchers at the Baker Institute and the University of Melbourne are taking the next steps in developing a new anti-inflammatory drug that could lessen the damage from heart attacks, extend Read more about Novel drug in development to inhibit acute inflammation

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne|Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  12. EXPERT REACTION: Federal Budget 2020-21

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Oct 2020 at 0956 AEDT | 1156 NZDT

    Australian experts from a variety of fields respond to the Federal Government's 2020-21 budget announced on 6 October. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Federal Budget 2020-21

    Australia; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|Flinders University
  13. COVID-19 outcomes in patients with rare inborn immune disorders

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

    Garvan’s Prof Stuart Tangye and KU Leuven’s Prof Isabelle Meyts have co-led a multi-centre international consortium to assess the severity of COVID-19 in individuals with inborn Read more about COVID-19 outcomes in patients with rare inborn immune disorders

    InternationalGarvan Institute of Medical Research|KU Leuven
  14. Australia's COVID-19 response may have saved more than 16,000 lives

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Oct 2020 at 1430 AEDT | 1630 NZDT

    MJA

    They directly estimated the number of excess deaths that could have occurred if the outbreak in Australia had been of a similar extent to that in England and Wales - an estimated ... additional 16,313 Read more about Australia's COVID-19 response may have saved more than 16,000 lives

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  15. EXPERT REACTION: Trump returns to the White House + US review recommends Remdesivir to treat COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Oct 2020 at 1300 AEDT | 1500 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    It was reported the President was treated with the steroid dexamethasone, as well as an experimental dual antibody treatment and remdesivir. ... ECMO. Australian expert comments on both Trump's treatment Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Trump returns to the White House + US review recommends Remdesivir to treat COVID-19

    InternationalAustralian Science Media Centre|Hudson Institute of Medical Research...
  16. Coronavirus outbreaks more likely to outlast lockdowns in crowded cities

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Oct 2020 at 0901 AEDT | 1101 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    Scientists have found a link between how dense a population is, and how long its coronavirus outbreak is likely to last. Read more about Coronavirus outbreaks more likely to outlast lockdowns in crowded cities

    InternationalBoston Children’s Hospital, USA
  17. New tech could offer ‘faster, cheaper and mobile’ COVID-19 diagnosis

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Oct 2020 at 0847 AEDT | 1047 NZDT

    Nature Protocols

    Technology that helps to quickly extract and analyse genetic material could be used for cheap, accurate and mobile COVID-19 testing, including at airports and remote testing centres. ... Dipstick’ Read more about New tech could offer ‘faster, cheaper and mobile’ COVID-19 diagnosis

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  18. Pandemic manels: men dominate nearly all COVID-19 decision-making boards

    Publicly released: Fri 2 Oct 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Global Health

    New research shows men tip the scales on 85 per cent of the world's COVID-19 decision-making and advisory boards - with 81 per cent having a man at the ... The male-dominated groups included New Read more about Pandemic manels: men dominate nearly all COVID-19 decision-making boards

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalCambridge University, UK
  19. The pandemic has created a flood of potentially substandard research

    Publicly released: Fri 2 Oct 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1130 NZDT

    Journal of Medical Ethics

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a flood of potentially substandard research amid the rush to publish, with a string of papers retracted or under a cloud and a surge in ... By July 31, 19 published Read more about The pandemic has created a flood of potentially substandard research

    Australia; QLDBond University
  20. 'Loss of smell' is an important symptom of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 2 Oct 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Medicine

    'Loss of smell' should be globally recognised as a symptom of COVID-19, say international researchers who tested 597 people who reported smell and/or taste loss for SARS-CoV-2 ... They found 78 per cent Read more about 'Loss of smell' is an important symptom of COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK

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