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. As lockdown cut COVID-19 exposure in Italy, proportion of patients requiring intensive care dropped

    Publicly released: Thu 24 Sep 2020 at 1639 AEST | 1839 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    An Italian study of 373 people with COVID-19 found the amount of virus detected in patients dropped between March and May 2020 following lockdown, and so did the proportion of ... 1 per cent in April, Read more about As lockdown cut COVID-19 exposure in Italy, proportion of patients requiring intensive care dropped

    InternationalIRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Italy
  2. As pandemic progresses, patients are carrying less COVID-19 virus and fewer are dying

    Publicly released: Thu 24 Sep 2020 at 1612 AEST | 1812 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    A US study suggests that the initial SARS-CoV-2 viral load detected in nasal swab samples from patients has been decreasing as the pandemic progresses, and as the viral load ... They measured viral load Read more about As pandemic progresses, patients are carrying less COVID-19 virus and fewer are dying

    InternationalWayne State University, USA
  3. Men with COVID-19 fare worse than women, and it could be down to inflammation

    Publicly released: Thu 24 Sep 2020 at 1554 AEST | 1754 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    The researchers looked at data from around 3,000 adults with COVID-19 and found the disease was more likely to reach critical condition in men (30. ... 6 per cent vs. 17. 2 per cent), and men required Read more about Men with COVID-19 fare worse than women, and it could be down to inflammation

    InternationalUniversity Hospital Regensburg, Germany
  4. COVID-19 control rests with human behaviour, at least until a vaccine arrives

    Publicly released: Thu 24 Sep 2020 at 1311 AEST | 1511 NZST

    Social Psychological and Personality Science

    As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed cases exceed 30M, QUT behavioural researchers say the key to containment rests in understanding human behaviour and how our personalities may Read more about COVID-19 control rests with human behaviour, at least until a vaccine arrives

    Australia; NSW; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)|The University of Newcastle...
  5. Could COVID-19 spread through viral tears?

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 1451 AEST | 1651 NZST

    American Journal of Ophthalmology

    New Zealand researchers have taken a close look at the link between COVID-19 and our eyes. ... After reviewing the literature, they say that a small percentage of COVID-19 patients develop conjunctivitis, Read more about Could COVID-19 spread through viral tears?

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Auckland
  6. Life in lockdown: health-wise, it’s not as bad as you think

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 1207 AEST | 1407 NZST

    While Victorians continue to endure restrictions from a second wave of COVID-19, new research from the University of South Australia is providing much-needed good news about people’s overall Read more about Life in lockdown: health-wise, it’s not as bad as you think

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  7. COVID-19 herd immunity approach is impractical, modelling shows

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 1200 AEST | 1400 NZST

    PNAS

    Strategies aiming to produce herd immunity to COVID-19 would require constant and very precise fine-tuning of social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, according to new modelling by Read more about COVID-19 herd immunity approach is impractical, modelling shows

    InternationalUniversity of Georgia, USA
  8. COVID-19 may have initially spread faster than we thought thanks to 'superspreaders'

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    They used computer models to investigate the spread of the virus in China, USA and six European countries, and say the R0 rate - which tells us how many new cases will ... 7 and 11. 4, much higher than Read more about COVID-19 may have initially spread faster than we thought thanks to 'superspreaders'

    InternationalPolish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  9. People with asymptomatic COVID-19 have as much virus in their system as those with symptoms

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Thorax

    People with asymptomatic COVID-19 infection have as much coronavirus in their noses and throats as those with symptoms, according to research from South Korea. ... Given how many of these people there are- Read more about People with asymptomatic COVID-19 have as much virus in their system as those with symptoms

    InternationalAsan Medical Center, Republic of Korea.
  10. Up to a third of COVID-19 cases could be asymptomatic

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    Results from 79 studies found that roughly 20 per cent of cases were asymptomatic, but the authors say there were biases in some studies which limit their certainty. ... Seven studies specifically Read more about Up to a third of COVID-19 cases could be asymptomatic

    InternationalUniversity of Bern, Switzerland
  11. NEWS BRIEFING: Neurological consequences of COVID-19: The ‘Silent Wave’

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 0200 AEST | 0400 NZST

    Journal of Parkinson's Disease

    This question is at the forefront of research underway at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. ... A team of neuroscientists and clinicians are examining the potential link between COVID Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Neurological consequences of COVID-19: The ‘Silent Wave’

    Australia; International; VICFlorey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  12. Who is the weakest link? A better understanding of global supply chains

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Sep 2020 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused “kinks” in the movement of goods and services around the globe, but how important a role do multinational companies play in local economies and supply Read more about Who is the weakest link? A better understanding of global supply chains

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  13. Virus tests support use of fabric masks against COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Sep 2020 at 1049 AEST | 1249 NZST

    Pathogens

    Testing of commonly available fabric masks has found they significantly reduce the number of aerosolised viruses a wearer could be exposed to. ... The Flinders University study, published in Pathogens, Read more about Virus tests support use of fabric masks against COVID-19

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  14. COVID pushing more people to ditch the smokes

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Sep 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Journal of Addiction Medicine

    The COVID-19 pandemic has more than doubled the number of smokers wanting to quit but a different approach may be needed to help them succeed, according to a new study ... from The George Institute for Read more about COVID pushing more people to ditch the smokes

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health
  15. DIY face masks? Silk may be most protective from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Sep 2020 at 1517 AEST | 1717 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Lab experiments by US scientists showed the silk masks were more resistant to water droplets and more breathable. ... The results suggest silk masks could be as effective as disposable single-use surgical Read more about DIY face masks? Silk may be most protective from COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Cincinnati, USA
  16. Telehealth offers an opportunity to address limited access to early medical abortions

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Sep 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    MJA

    Access to early medical abortions can be difficult for women from vulnerable groups and rural and regional areas, the authors say, and many women are unaware of its availability or time ... limits. Read more about Telehealth offers an opportunity to address limited access to early medical abortions

    Australia; VICMonash University
  17. Video shows how easily COVID-19 could spread when people sing together

    Publicly released: Sat 19 Sep 2020 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    Journal of Infectious Diseases

    A new study from UNSW Sydney published in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, features a video showing the droplets and aerosols – normally unseen by the naked eye - that are emitted by Read more about Video shows how easily COVID-19 could spread when people sing together

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  18. Fatigue lingers in more than half of patients who have recovered from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    Persistent fatigue occurs in more than half of patients recovered from COVID-19, regardless of the seriousness of their infection, according to research being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Read more about Fatigue lingers in more than half of patients who have recovered from COVID-19

    InternationalTrinity College, Ireland
  19. Most COVID-19 infections are spread through respiratory droplets or aerosols and not surfaces

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    As such, social distancing and proper ventilation are key to reduce the risk of spread, the authors say. ... Although several experimental studies have grown live virus from aerosols and surfaces, the real Read more about Most COVID-19 infections are spread through respiratory droplets or aerosols and not surfaces

    InternationalMontefiore Medical Center, USA
  20. COVID superspreading events show 20 per cent of people are spreading 80 percent of infections

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Sep 2020 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    COVID superspreading events show the disease may follow the old 80:20 rule, with around 20 per cent of people spreading 80 percent of infections, according to researchers in Australia and Read more about COVID superspreading events show 20 per cent of people are spreading 80 percent of infections

    Australia; International; NSWThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...

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