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. EXPERT REACTION: Flooding hits Sydney

    Publicly released: Mon 4 Jul 2022 at 1130 AEST | 1330 NZST

    There are multiple evacuation warnings and orders in place affecting around 30,000 people. ... The Bureau of Meteorology says that localised heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding remains Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Flooding hits Sydney

    Australia; NSWAustralian Science Media Centre
  2. Spectacular success of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines just a glimpse of their full potential

    Publicly released: Mon 4 Jul 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    This typically leads to the host cell displaying the protein on its surface to promote cell-mediated immunity, and the host cell releases proteins outside of the cell which are taken ... The manufacturing Read more about Spectacular success of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines just a glimpse of their full potential

    Australia; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)|Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre...
  3. EXPERT REACTION: Australia is about to reach 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Jul 2022 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    COVID-19 deaths in Australia are expected to reach 10,000 in the coming week. ... Over three-quarters of these deaths have occurred in 2022, and we are only halfway through the year. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Australia is about to reach 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

    AustraliaAustralian Science Media Centre
  4. Housing quality can have a big impact when you're working from home

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Jul 2022 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Cities

    Things that helped people work effectively from home included having a dedicated working area that was spacious, quiet, and well maintained, and had windows with a nice view. ... The researchers say that Read more about Housing quality can have a big impact when you're working from home

    Australia; New ZealandUniversity of Waikato
  5. COVID-19 vaccine may work even if it doesn't reach the muscle

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Jul 2022 at 0911 AEST | 1111 NZST

    Vaccine

    New research shows standard Covid-19 vaccination needles are too short to reach the muscle tissue in some people with larger arms. ... The authors say that because obesity is a major risk factor for Read more about COVID-19 vaccine may work even if it doesn't reach the muscle

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|University of Otago|Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, Auckland District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Capital and Coast District Health Board
  6. No matter your weight, COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of severe illness

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Jul 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

    Characteristics such as age, sex, smoking status, and social deprivation were also accounted for in the analyses. ... Further research is needed to explore the relationship between BMI and immune responses Read more about No matter your weight, COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of severe illness

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  7. 'Extraordinary' drop in emissions during COVID-19 is what we need each year to limit warming to 1.5°C

    Publicly released: Fri 1 Jul 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Geoscience

    Carbon dioxide emissions fell 6. 3% during the first year of the COVID pandemic and experts say this extraordinary drop is the same size as what we need to see each ... The authors say this underscores Read more about 'Extraordinary' drop in emissions during COVID-19 is what we need each year to limit warming to 1.5°C

    Australia; ACTCSIRO|Tsinghua University, China
  8. Stopping family violence starts with protecting our children

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 1425 AEST | 1625 NZST

    It’s time to broaden the discussion about child abuse and family violence – but in a safe way by recognising the pathways into violence and the evidence that is before us. ... I am determined to work Read more about Stopping family violence starts with protecting our children

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Pfizer cleared to apply for vaccine approval for under 5s

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 1313 AEST | 1513 NZST

    Provisional determination is the first step in the registration process and it means that Pfizer is now eligible to apply for registration of their vaccine for kids under five. ... Approval and potential Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Pfizer cleared to apply for vaccine approval for under 5s

    Australia; NSW; VICAustralian Government - Dept of Health
  10. Ventilation key to managing risk of 'long-distance' indoor COVID-19 transmission

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    A team of researchers from the UK Health Security Agency and the University of Bristol therefore set out to evaluate the potential for long distance airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 ... They reviewed Read more about Ventilation key to managing risk of 'long-distance' indoor COVID-19 transmission

    InternationalUK Health Security Agency
  11. Two Pfizer doses offer 'moderate' protection against symptomatic Omicron in kids

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 0700 AEST | 0900 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    Protection against Omicron infection and symptomatic Omicron for children aged five to 11 soon after their second dose is about 50 per cent, according to a study in Israel. ... The researchers matched Read more about Two Pfizer doses offer 'moderate' protection against symptomatic Omicron in kids

    InternationalClalit Research Institute, Israel
  12. Mental health issues for long-COVID patients require deeper study

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Psychiatry

    Long-COVID symptoms such as cognitive impairment, sleep difficulties, depression, post-traumatic stress, and substance use disorders are in need of more research, according to a literature review Read more about Mental health issues for long-COVID patients require deeper study

    InternationalNew York University, USA
  13. $79m in funding for NZ health research

    Publicly released: Thu 30 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Associate Professor Bronwyn Kivell from the Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington and her team will use a $1. ... 2 million project grant to find the most effective and safe compound from Read more about $79m in funding for NZ health research

    New ZealandHealth Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)
  14. COVID-19 measures in the US may have avoided around 250 million infections in 2020

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jun 2022 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    The team built a model based on initial estimates from published studies for infection and recovery rates, seasonality, changes in mobility and the effectiveness of masks. ... Here we use a simple Read more about COVID-19 measures in the US may have avoided around 250 million infections in 2020

    InternationalColorado School of Mines, USA
  15. Who is most likely to get long COVID?

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    They brought together the data from 10 previous studies, including a total of 6,907 people, and 1. ... The findings are based on data from longitudinal surveys and electronic health records in the UK. Read more about Who is most likely to get long COVID?

    InternationalKing’s College London, UK
  16. Tropics weather the COVID-19 storm but challenges remain

    Publicly released: Wed 29 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    The number of 10-year-olds without basic literacy skills has increased by 17 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic and the shift to remote learning approaches disenfranchised many ... Prof Biggs Read more about Tropics weather the COVID-19 storm but challenges remain

    Australia; Pacific; QLD; WA; NTJames Cook University
  17. Cheers! Here’s to the health-conscious youth: an untapped drinks market for restaurants

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jun 2022 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Conducted by the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the University of Otago, the study showed that 27 per cent of consumers would pay nearly double the price for ‘healthy’ Read more about Cheers! Here’s to the health-conscious youth: an untapped drinks market for restaurants

    Australia; New Zealand; SAUniversity of South Australia|Flinders University|University of Otago
  18. COVID-19 vaccine booster dose protects against Omicron severe disease

    Publicly released: Tue 28 Jun 2022 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    The Lancet preprints

    Associate Professor Bette Liu, the study’s lead author from NCIRS and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, said, “In Australia about 70% of the eligible population has received a Read more about COVID-19 vaccine booster dose protects against Omicron severe disease

    Australia; International; NSWNational Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
  19. More deaths were seen in hospitals during Australia's 3rd COVID-19 wave

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    June 2020), second (1 July 2020 to 25 June 2021), and third wave (26 June to 1 November 2021) of the pandemic. ... Thirty patients (14%) died in hospital during the first wave, 35 (12%) in the second, and Read more about More deaths were seen in hospitals during Australia's 3rd COVID-19 wave

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; NTMonash University|Menzies School of Health Research...
  20. A shorter wait for cataract surgery could prevent injuries from falls

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    For the 118 participants who underwent second eye surgery and participated in all follow-up visits, age- and sex-adjusted incidence before (0. ... Older people with cataract in Australia can wait for Read more about A shorter wait for cataract surgery could prevent injuries from falls

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|George Institute for Global Health...

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