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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. Plasma from recovered COVID patients of no benefit in severe COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The plasma of patients who have recovered from COVID-19, known as convalescent plasma, has been found to be no better than placebo for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, according ... In this trial Read more about Plasma from recovered COVID patients of no benefit in severe COVID-19

    InternationalHospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Hydroxychloroquine also doesn't work to prevent COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    the trial of over 200 people found COVID-19 developed at the same rate in both the hydroxychloroquine group and the group following usual care. ... The incidence of adverse events was also higher for the Read more about Hydroxychloroquine also doesn't work to prevent COVID-19

    InternationalHospital Germans Trias i Pujol, Spain
  3. Meet the experts behind ensuring the reliability of sewage testing for coronavirus

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    The collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 (ColoSSoS Project) is giving our regulators, industry and the community confidence in the quality and reliability of testing methods. Read more about Meet the experts behind ensuring the reliability of sewage testing for coronavirus

    AustraliaWater Research Australia|National Measurement Institute
  4. EXPERT REACTION: Emergency department visits surged during 2019-20 black summer bushfires

    Publicly released: Wed 25 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows increases in emergency department visits for respiratory problems and sales of asthma medication in regions affected by the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Emergency department visits surged during 2019-20 black summer bushfires

    Australia; NSWAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  5. UK SMC BRIEFING + EXPERT REACTION: Phase 3 Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial results

    Publicly released: Tue 24 Nov 2020 at 1042 AEDT | 1242 NZDT

    In the two different dose regimens vaccine efficacy was 90 per cent in one and 62 per cent in the other. ... Most importantly, unlike a few of the other potential vaccine candidates, it does not need to Read more about UK SMC BRIEFING + EXPERT REACTION: Phase 3 Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine trial results

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK, AstraZeneca
  6. Isolation makes us literally hungry for company

    Publicly released: Tue 24 Nov 2020 at 0300 AEDT | 0500 NZDT

    Nature Neuroscience

    Social isolation can evoke a craving response in the human brain, US research finds. ... Scientists restricted the in-person and online social interactions of 40 people for ten hours and measured their Read more about Isolation makes us literally hungry for company

    InternationalMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  7. Greenhouse gas is still at record levels despite COVID-19 lockdowns, according to WMO

    Publicly released: Mon 23 Nov 2020 at 2100 AEDT | 2300 NZDT

    WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

    years. The report says CO2 levels reached 410 parts per million in 2019, and continued to rise in 2020. ... The WMO Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas says "The COVID-19 pandemic is not a solution Read more about Greenhouse gas is still at record levels despite COVID-19 lockdowns, according to WMO

    InternationalWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  8. Pioneering remote screening for vital health signs indicating COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1330 AEDT | 1530 NZDT

    Naji and their team of graduate students. Read more about Pioneering remote screening for vital health signs indicating COVID-19

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  9. Don’t use remdesivir to treat COVID-19 - WHO

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    The BMJ

    The WHO has concluded that remdesivir has no meaningful effect on whether COVID-19 patients die, need to go on a ventilator, or how long they take to improve. ... After thoroughly reviewing the evidence, Read more about Don’t use remdesivir to treat COVID-19 - WHO

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  10. Infectiousness peaks early in COVID-19 patients, cases need to be rapidly isolated

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 1050 AEDT | 1250 NZDT

    The Lancet Microbe

    People infected with SARS-CoV-2 are most likely to be highly infectious in the first week after symptom onset, highlighting the need to identify and isolate cases early, according to ... The study Read more about Infectiousness peaks early in COVID-19 patients, cases need to be rapidly isolated

    InternationalUniversity of St Andrews, UK
  11. Slaughterhouses are coronavirus hotspots

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    PNAS

    Livestock processing plants are responsible for up to 8 per cent of all coronavirus infections in the United States, new research finds. ... The study authors say as of July, slaughterhouses were linked Read more about Slaughterhouses are coronavirus hotspots

    InternationalColumbia University, USA
  12. How the flu spreads within cities

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    PLOS Pathogens

    They found the same flu was introduced to the city repeatedly, and the spread increased as temperature did, but humidity did not affect spread. ... They also found the elderly were infected within their Read more about How the flu spreads within cities

    InternationalETH Zürich, Switzerland
  13. NZers toughed out appendicitis through lockdown

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    The number of patients with appendicitis in New Zealand hospitals noticeably dropped over the national COVID-19 lockdown. ... However those who did go to hospital had been experiencing symptoms for longer, Read more about NZers toughed out appendicitis through lockdown

    New ZealandTauranga Hospital
  14. Start monitoring for vaccine side effects now - GP

    Publicly released: Fri 20 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    A retired GP says New Zealand should set up a system to actively monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. ... The author writes the planning should start urgently, as it took three years to establish Read more about Start monitoring for vaccine side effects now - GP

    New ZealandN/A
  15. Oxford's COVID-19 jab safer in older adults

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1800 AEDT | 2000 NZDT

    The Lancet

    adults. The study of 560 healthy adults – including 240 over 70 years old – showed the older group had fewer adverse reactions like temporary pain or swelling at the injection site. ... The jab Read more about Oxford's COVID-19 jab safer in older adults

    InternationalOxford Vaccine Group, UK
  16. Potential new target to combat inflammatory diseases

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1618 AEDT | 1818 NZDT

    EBioMedicine

    An international team of researchers have uncovered a drug-like compound that blocks a crucial inflammatory pathway, potentially paving the way for a new treatment for a host of diseases – Read more about Potential new target to combat inflammatory diseases

    Australia; VICWEHI|The University of Melbourne
  17. Smartwatches could help detect COVID before symptoms appear

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1508 AEDT | 1708 NZDT

    Nature Biomedical Engineering

    The researchers analysed data from 32 individuals infected with COVID-19, identified from a group of nearly 5,300 participants, and found that 26 of them (81 per cent) had alterations ... They say their Read more about Smartwatches could help detect COVID before symptoms appear

    InternationalStanford University School of Medicine, USA
  18. Trial questions how well masks actually work for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1300 AEDT | 1500 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    A randomised trial of more than 6,000 people in Denmark suggests masks have limited additional benefit in stopping COVID-19 spread for people already following social distancing and hygiene Read more about Trial questions how well masks actually work for COVID-19

    InternationalCopenhagen University Hospital, Denmark
  19. EXPERT REACTION: Does Adelaide have a "super-strain" of COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 1249 AEDT | 1449 NZDT

    As South Australia begins a 6-day "circuit-breaking" lockdown, questions have been raised about the particular strain that has caused a cluster in Adelaide's north-west. ... Below Australian experts Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Does Adelaide have a "super-strain" of COVID-19?

    Australia; NSW; QLD; SAAustralian Science Media Centre
  20. Little impact of COVID-19 pandemic on routine childhood vaccination in Australia

    Publicly released: Thu 19 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    A new report “COVID-19: Impact on routine childhood vaccination uptake in Australia” released today by NCIRS found no substantial impact on vaccination uptake at any of the National Immunisation Read more about Little impact of COVID-19 pandemic on routine childhood vaccination in Australia

    Australia; NSWNational Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

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