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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. Why are people with COPD more susceptible to COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Tue 17 May 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

    Researchers from the Centenary Institute and the University of Technology Sydney have published the first study showing why people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at higher risk Read more about Why are people with COPD more susceptible to COVID-19?

    Australia; NSWCentenary Institute|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)...
  2. Trained sniffer dogs accurately detect airport passengers infected with SARS-CoV-2

    Publicly released: Tue 17 May 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    BMJ Global Health

    Based on these results, the researchers then calculated the proportion of true positive results (PPV) and the proportion of true negative results (NPV) in two hypothetical scenarios reflecting a Read more about Trained sniffer dogs accurately detect airport passengers infected with SARS-CoV-2

    InternationalUniversity of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
  3. Forecasting the next five years of the COVID-19 crisis

    Publicly released: Tue 17 May 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    and better coordinate across sectors and the UN system for future global emergencies. ... thereby protecting societies from acute health risks and the breakdown of social cohesion. Read more about Forecasting the next five years of the COVID-19 crisis

    New Zealand; InternationalInternational Science Council
  4. Game-changing spray to revolutionise world-wide pest control

    Publicly released: Tue 17 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Plants

    Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). ... The insect lays eggs on the underside of the leaves and the nymphs and adults suck the sap from the Read more about Game-changing spray to revolutionise world-wide pest control

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  5. Pfizer vaccine prevented 8.7 million COVID-19 cases and saved $70 billion in the US in one year

    Publicly released: Mon 16 May 2022 at 1408 AEST | 1608 NZST

    Journal of Medical Economics

    They also estimated how much these cases would have cost the healthcare system and the wider economy. ... These include not factoring in the potential of the vaccine to reduce transmission, the severity Read more about Pfizer vaccine prevented 8.7 million COVID-19 cases and saved $70 billion in the US in one year

    InternationalPfizer Inc
  6. Sweet discovery could drive down inflammation, cancers and viruses

    Publicly released: Fri 13 May 2022 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    Science Advances

    and could also help in future to reduce the severity of viruses like COVID-19. ... The research was supported by the NHMRC, the Victorian Government, the Australian Government, the Victoria Cancer Agency, Read more about Sweet discovery could drive down inflammation, cancers and viruses

    Australia; VICWEHI|The University of Melbourne|Hudson Institute of Medical Research...
  7. Kamini - the illegal, addictive opioid available in Brisbane grocery stores

    Publicly released: Fri 13 May 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Drug & Alcohol Review

    The patients were unaware they might develop an opioid dependency, the scientists say, and many had struggled to control their use for months before seeking treatment. ... The researchers suggest targeted Read more about Kamini - the illegal, addictive opioid available in Brisbane grocery stores

    Australia; QLDMetro South Health, Gold Coast Health, West Moreton Health, Metro North Health
  8. Half the first people hospitalised with COVID-19 still have symptoms 2 years on

    Publicly released: Thu 12 May 2022 at 1530 AEST | 1730 NZST

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    The researchers say 55 per cent of patients reported still experiencing at least one COVID-19 symptom, and the patients were still generally in poorer health than the general population. ... The median Read more about Half the first people hospitalised with COVID-19 still have symptoms 2 years on

    InternationalCapital Medical University, China
  9. Going home on steroids could help COVID patients cut risk of dying by up to 51%

    Publicly released: Thu 12 May 2022 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    Frontiers in Medicine

    vice chair for research in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida Gainesville. ... Covid-19 is different because it creates inflammation in many places besides Read more about Going home on steroids could help COVID patients cut risk of dying by up to 51%

    InternationalUniversity of Florida, USA
  10. Volunteers receive first dose in clinical trial of Melbourne-made COVID-19 vaccines

    Publicly released: Thu 12 May 2022 at 1052 AEST | 1252 NZST

    That this is possible within a single trial is a testament to the collaborative ethos of the research teams at MIPS and the Doherty Institute and the broad support of the ... Volunteers are still being Read more about Volunteers receive first dose in clinical trial of Melbourne-made COVID-19 vaccines

    Australia; VICThe Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  11. Lifting COVID zero lockdowns in China could result in 1.55 million deaths

    Publicly released: Wed 11 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature

    restrictions — to reduce the death toll and stop the healthcare system being overwhelmed. ... However, China is now evaluating the sustainability of this policy and potential mitigation strategies. Read more about Lifting COVID zero lockdowns in China could result in 1.55 million deaths

    InternationalFudan University, China
  12. Fourth dose fares well - for full Pfizer or half a Moderna shot

    Publicly released: Tue 10 May 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Lancet Infectious Diseases

    A fourth dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines is well-tolerated and boosts the immune response compared to a third dose, finds a first-of-its-kind trial. ... The authors say peak immune responses after the Read more about Fourth dose fares well - for full Pfizer or half a Moderna shot

    InternationalCOV-BOOST trial: including NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility and Biomedical Research Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, University of Southampton, University of Oxford, NIHR Liverpool and Broadgreen Clinical Research Facility, NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK - etc.
  13. Being younger may not protect cancer patients from severe COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 10 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    People with cancer are known to have a higher chance of worse COVID-19 illness, but now new research has honed in on how the virus affects certain cancers, treatments and ... For cancer patients, the Read more about Being younger may not protect cancer patients from severe COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Liverpool, University College London, ; The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust (UK), University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  14. COVID-19 stress on multicultural, older groups

    Publicly released: Mon 9 May 2022 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare

    The effects of the pandemic and associated health and quarantine protocols was four-fold,” says co-author Flinders University Associate Professor Noore Siddiquee. ... McLaren, Md Ismail Tareque and Read more about COVID-19 stress on multicultural, older groups

    Australia; NSW; SAFlinders University|The University of Newcastle
  15. Immunity after Omicron much stronger in vaccinated people

    Publicly released: Mon 9 May 2022 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Nature

    The combination of an Omicron infection and COVID-19 vaccination provides much stronger protection than the virus alone against variants including Delta and multiple Omicron subvariants, according to Read more about Immunity after Omicron much stronger in vaccinated people

    InternationalAfrica Health Research Institute, South Africa
  16. COVID-19 led to almost 15 million extra deaths during the first 2 years of the pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 6 May 2022 at 1145 AEST | 1345 NZST

    society. Most of the excess deaths (84%) were in South-East Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and the global death toll was higher for men than for women. ... Most of the excess deaths (84%) are Read more about COVID-19 led to almost 15 million extra deaths during the first 2 years of the pandemic

    InternationalWorld Health Organization (WHO)
  17. First evidence of fossil fruit in Australia uncovers new species

    Publicly released: Fri 6 May 2022 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    International Journal of Plant Science

    This could be important for understanding of the evolution of fruit size in the genus and the patterns of seed dispersal by the plant. ... This research was part of Dr Rozefelds Churchill Fellowship to Read more about First evidence of fossil fruit in Australia uncovers new species

    Australia; QLDQueensland Museum
  18. More collaboration between media and scientists wanted during pandemic

    Publicly released: Fri 6 May 2022 at 0945 AEST | 1145 NZST

    Vaccine

    Essential workers in health were less willing to be vaccinated. Participants felt that the media generally provided good coverage, but sometimes engaged in unbalanced reporting, sensationalism, and Read more about More collaboration between media and scientists wanted during pandemic

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
  19. Severe obesity could blunt antibody response to COVID-19 vaccines

    Publicly released: Fri 6 May 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Congress on Obesity (ECO)

    The study is by Professor Volkan Demirhan Yumuk from Istanbul University in Turkey and colleagues. ... Obesity is a disease complicating the course of COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine antibody response in Read more about Severe obesity could blunt antibody response to COVID-19 vaccines

    InternationalIstanbul University, Turkey
  20. Victorians sought for trial investigating impact of reduced doses of COVID-19 booster shots

    Publicly released: Fri 6 May 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Our trial will specifically examine how best to vaccinate communities with follow-up booster shots and the timings around these subsequent booster doses. ... Indonesia, and the Government of Mongolia, and Read more about Victorians sought for trial investigating impact of reduced doses of COVID-19 booster shots

    Australia; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)

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