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. Protein, cellular differences may explain why COVID-19 hits men harder than women

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 1229 AEST | 1429 NZST

    ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease

    The higher risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes in men could be explained by differences in proteins and immune system cells in the body compared with women, according to Dutch scientists. ... the immune system Read more about Protein, cellular differences may explain why COVID-19 hits men harder than women

    InternationalRadboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
  2. COVID-19 could be a pain in the gut too

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 1040 AEST | 1240 NZST

    JAMA

    researchers. The study looked at 92 patients with severe COVID-19 and found that 74 per cent of them developed gastrointestinal complications compared with only 37 per cent of other critically Read more about COVID-19 could be a pain in the gut too

    InternationalMassachusetts General Hospital, USA
  3. Other countries should learn from NZ's COVID-19 strategy

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    Singapore, South Korea) and four in Europe (Germany, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom). ... The authors say New Zealand's pioneering concept of social bubbles was a good example of sustainable Read more about Other countries should learn from NZ's COVID-19 strategy

    New Zealand; InternationalHelen Clark Foundation
  4. EXPERT REACTION: The reason some people develop life-threatening COVID-19 may have been found

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    Science

    The two papers show that these severe symptoms can develop in people lacking type I interferon, a set of 17 proteins crucial for protecting cells and the body from viruses. ... The first study found that Read more about EXPERT REACTION: The reason some people develop life-threatening COVID-19 may have been found

    Australia; International; NSW; VICGarvan Institute of Medical Research|Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)...
  5. Accuracy of commercial kits for detecting COVID-19 antibodies varies widely

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    Unlike throat and nose swab tests used to establish if someone is infected with COVID-19, antibody tests determine whether someone has had the virus in the past - an important part ... UK and Dutch Read more about Accuracy of commercial kits for detecting COVID-19 antibodies varies widely

    InternationalKing’s College London, UK
  6. Low mask stocks undermined health workers’ trust in their employers

    Publicly released: Fri 25 Sep 2020 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    NZMJ

    Figures from April indicate one in ten coronavirus infections were health workers, and the author writes the inadequate protection would have undermined workers’ trust in their institutions. Read more about Low mask stocks undermined health workers’ trust in their employers

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. When does a second COVID surge end? Look at the maths

    Publicly released: Wed 23 Sep 2020 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Chaos

    New maths on US infection rates helps identify COVID turning points; analysis of surge data could have lessons for Victoria, Australia. Read more about When does a second COVID surge end? Look at the maths

    Australia; International; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney
  19. 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
  20. 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

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