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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. More major injuries in NZ during the pandemic - despite the effect of lockdowns

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

    The NZMJ

    The study found at first there were fewer physical injuries, but since the latter half of 2020 injury rates rose, and then exceeded pre-pandemic rates. ... Editorial: Trauma, COVID-19 and healthcare Read more about More major injuries in NZ during the pandemic - despite the effect of lockdowns

    New ZealandAuckland District Health Board, NZ
  2. Vaccine grown in an Aussie plant is shown to be effective at preventing COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 5 May 2022 at 0700 AEST | 0900 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    These particles are then extracted from the plants and combined with an immune-boosting additive, known as an adjuvant, in the final vaccine. ... The study found the vaccine was 69. 5 per cent Read more about Vaccine grown in an Aussie plant is shown to be effective at preventing COVID-19

    Australia; InternationalMedicago
  3. Higher effectiveness and fewer side effects make us more likely to choose a particular COVID-19 vaccine

    Publicly released: Thu 5 May 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The participants were quizzed about their attitudes to vaccines and risk, and asked to pick a jab. ... Sabrina Stöckli of the University of Bern and the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and colleagues Read more about Higher effectiveness and fewer side effects make us more likely to choose a particular COVID-19 vaccine

    InternationalUniversity of Exeter, UK
  4. 1 in 3 kids in Europe now overweight or obese

    Publicly released: Tue 3 May 2022 at 2000 AEST | 2200 NZST

    The European Congress on Obesity

    The report explores, for example, how the digital marketing of unhealthy food products to children, and the proliferation of sedentary online gaming, contribute to the rising tide of overweight and Read more about 1 in 3 kids in Europe now overweight or obese

    InternationalWorld Health Organization (WHO)
  5. Pregnant women who catch COVID-19 may face more risky births

    Publicly released: Tue 3 May 2022 at 0930 AEST | 1130 NZST

    JAMA

    The odds of winding up in hospital for COVID-19 was much higher for pregnant women than for similar-aged women in general - including 5. ... 46 times higher relative risk for ICU admission. The risk of Read more about Pregnant women who catch COVID-19 may face more risky births

    InternationalUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
  6. No breakfast for 1 in 3 Hawke's Bay teens

    Publicly released: Tue 3 May 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

    Overall nearly half of the students experience overweight or obesity, and this rises to nearly two-thirds when only looking at low-decile schools. ... The research was carried out during the first year of Read more about No breakfast for 1 in 3 Hawke's Bay teens

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|Liggins Institute|Eastern Institute of Technology
  7. Pathways to severe COVID-19 in children discovered

    Publicly released: Mon 2 May 2022 at 1900 AEST | 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    The study led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne and published in Nature Communications, has identified disease mechanisms in children with COVID-19 Read more about Pathways to severe COVID-19 in children discovered

    Australia; International; NSW; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)|The University of Melbourne
  8. Feeling COVID-y but your RAT is negative? Try testing again on day 4 of your symptoms

    Publicly released: Sat 30 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    The study compared the PCR and RAT results of over 200 adults and kids and found that, over the whole infectious period, the RATs picked up an average of 64 per ... But four days after symptoms began, the Read more about Feeling COVID-y but your RAT is negative? Try testing again on day 4 of your symptoms

    InternationalUS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  9. Your flu shot could reduce your risk of serious heart problems

    Publicly released: Sat 30 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Getting the seasonal influenza vaccine could reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular events like heart attacks and stroke, according to an international meta-analysis. ... Researchers combined a Read more about Your flu shot could reduce your risk of serious heart problems

    InternationalUniversity of Toronto, Canada
  10. Trump's 'beautiful' wall led to a 5-fold increase in hospitalised migrants, at a cost of US$13m

    Publicly released: Sat 30 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Surgery

    Donald Trump's "unclimbable" border wall between the US and Mexico, which replaced 406 miles of existing 2m - 5m barriers with a 9. ... Most of the patients had significant brain and facial injuries or Read more about Trump's 'beautiful' wall led to a 5-fold increase in hospitalised migrants, at a cost of US$13m

    InternationalUniversity of California, San Diego, USA
  11. Genetic links revealed between severe COVID-19 and other diseases

    Publicly released: Fri 29 Apr 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    Despite some limitations of the PheWAS method, these findings could help deepen understanding of COVID-19 and guide the development of new treatments. ... We gained insights into the genetic architecture Read more about Genetic links revealed between severe COVID-19 and other diseases

    Australia; International; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)...
  12. EXPERT REACTION: Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in kids

    Publicly released: Thu 28 Apr 2022 at 1237 AEST | 1437 NZST

    According to the World Health Organization, there are at least 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in the UK, Spain, Israel, USA, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in kids

    Australia; NSW; VICAustralian Science Media Centre
  13. Hype up fitness to support kids’ health post-lockdowns

    Publicly released: Thu 28 Apr 2022 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    Journal of Sports Sciences

    of life and body mass index (BMI), after the 2020 COVID-19 UK lockdowns. ... While the pandemic persists, we need to recognise the need to keep kids healthy and active. Read more about Hype up fitness to support kids’ health post-lockdowns

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia|Murdoch University|Newcastle University (UK), Edinburgh Napier University
  14. Highly-vaxxed communities see significantly fewer COVID-19 deaths

    Publicly released: Thu 28 Apr 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    As of 11 April 2022, more than 11 billion covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally and the World Health Organization’s target is to vaccinate 70% of the ... This is an observational study, Read more about Highly-vaxxed communities see significantly fewer COVID-19 deaths

    InternationalCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, US
  15. Why video calls are bad for brainstorming

    Publicly released: Thu 28 Apr 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature

    However, the effects of this shift away from in-person interaction, and how these could affect innovation, remain elusive. ... The authors suggest that video calls focus communication on a screen, Read more about Why video calls are bad for brainstorming

    InternationalColumbia University, US
  16. COVID-19 impacted mental health in teen girls more than in boys

    Publicly released: Wed 27 Apr 2022 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    One group were not exposed to the COVID-19 pandemic between baseline and follow-up (n = 6,419) and the second group were exposed to the pandemic (n = 5,031). ... Mental health and COVID-19 – Cases of Read more about COVID-19 impacted mental health in teen girls more than in boys

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  17. Long COVID more common among those who had severe COVID-19 initially

    Publicly released: Tue 26 Apr 2022 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (EECMID)

    April), suggests that the clinical trajectories and characteristics of long COVID may be different depending on the severity of the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection. ... Despite the important findings, this Read more about Long COVID more common among those who had severe COVID-19 initially

    InternationalAustralian Science Media Centre|Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  18. The unvaccinated increase the risk of COVID-19 for the vaccinated when they mingle

    Publicly released: Mon 25 Apr 2022 at 1401 AEST | 1601 NZST

    Canadian Medical Association Journal

    Even when modelling for lower vaccine effectiveness and vaccine-resistant variants, the researchers say the infection risk was much higher for vaccinated people when they mingled with unvaccinated Read more about The unvaccinated increase the risk of COVID-19 for the vaccinated when they mingle

    InternationalDalla Lana School of Public Health, Canada
  19. Time for Australia to step up as drug, vaccine manufacturer

    Publicly released: Mon 25 Apr 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rapid development and distribution of vaccines. ... term. “Urgent government financing and infrastructure support for new vaccine Read more about Time for Australia to step up as drug, vaccine manufacturer

    Australia; VIC; TASMenzies Institute for Medical Research|Deakin University
  20. Only 1 in 4 people hospitalised with COVID-19 feel fully recovered after one year

    Publicly released: Sun 24 Apr 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine/ European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)

    month and 1-year visits at the time of analysis (and the study is ongoing). ... In both the very severe and the moderate with cognitive impairment clusters, levels of the inflammatory biomarker interleukin Read more about Only 1 in 4 people hospitalised with COVID-19 feel fully recovered after one year

    InternationalUniversity of Leicester, UK

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