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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. Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 1042 AEDT | 1242 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    per cent) may have got it directly from their mothers during the period immediately before and after birth, while one in ten (10 per cent) was confirmed as having caught the ... This transmission may have Read more about Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    InternationalParis Saclay University Hospitals, France
  2. Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    All participants in the early stage trial in China developed antibodies, and no one developed a severe reaction in the month after getting the jab. ... This trial was not meant to study how effective the Read more about Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    InternationalBeijing Institute of Biological Products Company Limited, China
  3. Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet

    Healthy life expectancy in Australia and New Zealand - the number of years a person can expect to live in good health - has increased steadily over the past three decades to 70 ... The findings come from Read more about Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Australia; New Zealand; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; ACTThe University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney...
  4. EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    Lancet Global Health

    An international research team has analysed the health records of more than 45,000 people with diabetes in New Zealand over approximately 25 years – showing significant health disparities Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Australia; New Zealand; NSWWestern Sydney University|Zhengzhou University, Keele University
  5. Herd immunity approach a ‘dangerous fallacy’

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0905 AEDT | 1105 NZDT

    The Lancet

    The authors cite New Zealand, Japan, and Vietnam as countries that have shown how robust public health responses can control transmission and allow life to return to “near-normal. ” ... They conclude Read more about Herd immunity approach a ‘dangerous fallacy’

    InternationalUniversity of Southampton, UK
  6. Global lockdowns result in almost 9% drop in CO2 emissions

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    Compared to the same time period in 2019, CO2 emissions dropped an estimated 8. ... The researchers note that emissions came back after a country relaxed its lockdown restrictions, but substantial Read more about Global lockdowns result in almost 9% drop in CO2 emissions

    InternationalTsinghua University, China
  7. COVID-19 testing explained

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Oct 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Australian Prescriber

    Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 infection is a key element in the strategy for limiting its spread. ... In an explainer article, two Australian experts explain what the different tests are, when they Read more about COVID-19 testing explained

    Australia; QLDSullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane
  8. EXPERT REACTION: No evidence of excess deaths in NZ and Australia due to pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 2000 AEDT | 2200 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    Looking at data from 21 industrialised countries, including New Zealand and Australia, the research team estimated that overall, 206,000 more people have died than would have without the first wave Read more about EXPERT REACTION: No evidence of excess deaths in NZ and Australia due to pandemic

    Australia; New Zealand; International; VIC; QLDImperial College London, UK
  9. Belief in COVID misinformation found worldwide

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 1001 AEDT | 1201 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    Researchers surveyed 5,000 people across the US, UK, Mexico, Spain, and Ireland, finding that most people did not believe in COVID-19 misinformation. ... The authors say COVID-19 misinformation is a Read more about Belief in COVID misinformation found worldwide

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
  10. Rare loss of hearing due to COVID-19 reported in UK

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Case Reports

    Losing one’s hearing suddenly is something that specialists will commonly encounter with their patients, and often it follows a viral infection like the flu or herpes. ... The authors says they ruled Read more about Rare loss of hearing due to COVID-19 reported in UK

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  11. Surprise finding: no major increase in Australians washing their hands since this time last year

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    As handwashing was a major component of the national campaign to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19, we were surprised that 20 per cent of men and 15 per cent ... of women report they still don’t Read more about Surprise finding: no major increase in Australians washing their hands since this time last year

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council
  12. EXPERT REACTION: Johnson & Johnson pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1730 AEDT | 1930 NZDT

    While the company did not elaborate on the illness, the pause follows a similar action by British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, who paused their trial in September, however their trials Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Johnson & Johnson pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; WAThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  13. EXPERT REACTION: How reliable is a review suggesting Hydroxychloroquine works for early COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1659 AEDT | 1859 NZDT

    New Microbes and New Infections

    A systematic review suggests that Hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19 when used early in the outpatient setting, however, an Australian expert says the results of this review are not Read more about EXPERT REACTION: How reliable is a review suggesting Hydroxychloroquine works for early COVID-19?

    Australia; International; QLDBond University|Illinois Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center, USA
  14. Infant sleep affected by more screentime

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1522 AEDT | 1722 NZDT

    Sleep

    With screen time on the rise due to the coronavirus pandemic there is renewed attention on its impact on children and babies. ... A new study, published in the international Sleep journal, found that Read more about Infant sleep affected by more screentime

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  15. Research shows pandemic’s toll on arts and creative sector workers’ mental health

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    Experts from RMIT University are available to talk about the impact of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions on arts workers, including creative and technical workers and the implications for their Read more about Research shows pandemic’s toll on arts and creative sector workers’ mental health

    Australia; VICRMIT University
  16. First case of COVID-19 reinfection reported in the US

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1130 AEDT | 1330 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    This is the fifth case of reinfection reported worldwide, and indicates exposure to the virus may not translate to guaranteed total immunity. ... The second infection was also more severe, resulting in Read more about First case of COVID-19 reinfection reported in the US

    InternationalUniversity of Nevada, USA
  17. Did COVID curb Aussie drinking habits? Long-term research is needed

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 0500 AEDT | 0700 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    In an editorial, the authors lay out the long-term research needed to fully understand the pandemic's influence, including a focus on at-home drinking - an area they say has ... so far received little Read more about Did COVID curb Aussie drinking habits? Long-term research is needed

    Australia; VICLa Trobe University
  18. America's COVID fail: 180,000 lives would have been saved if the US had Australia's COVID death rate

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    JAMA

    A second study shows that between March and August the number of deaths in the US was 20 per cent above what would be expected in an average year. ... An accompanying editorial says US deaths from COVID Read more about America's COVID fail: 180,000 lives would have been saved if the US had Australia's COVID death rate

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
  19. Adequate PPE could save lives of more than 2m healthcare workers

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Oct 2020 at 1259 AEDT | 1459 NZDT

    PLOS One

    A new study has calculated massive returns on investment in personal protective equipment for healthcare staff in low- and middle-income countries. ... Furthermore, the benefit to society from higher Read more about Adequate PPE could save lives of more than 2m healthcare workers

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  20. Clinical study aims to better understand COVID-19 immunity

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Oct 2020 at 1244 AEDT | 1444 NZDT

    People who have recovered from COVID-19, and their close contacts, could hold the key to understanding how immunity to the disease develops, how long it lasts and what happens when ... The COVID PROFILE Read more about Clinical study aims to better understand COVID-19 immunity

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)

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