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. EXPERT REACTION: South Australia to begin 6-day "circuit breaker" lockdown

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 1534 AEDT | 1734 NZDT

    South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has this afternoon announced the state will begin a 6-day lockdown from midnight tonight. ... Schools, restaurants, sport, weddings and funerals are amongst those Read more about EXPERT REACTION: South Australia to begin 6-day "circuit breaker" lockdown

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WAAustralian Science Media Centre
  2. Chinese COVID-19 vaccine found to be safe and induce immune response

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 1244 AEDT | 1444 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    The vaccine, known as 'CoronaVac', was tested in 700 volunteers aged 18 to 59 years and found to produce antibody responses after two injections 14 days apart, in addition to being ... While the study was Read more about Chinese COVID-19 vaccine found to be safe and induce immune response

    InternationalZhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
  3. COVID case numbers may be six times higher than reported

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    The researchers used the number of reported deaths in 15 developed countries, including Australia, to look back and estimate the total number of people likely to have been infected to result Read more about COVID case numbers may be six times higher than reported

    Australia; VIC; TAS; ACTThe Australian National University|The University of Melbourne...
  4. Can wearable tech predict COVID-19 and reveal how pandemics affect us?

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 0700 AEDT | 0900 NZDT

    University of Sydney researchers have joined an international US-led effort to discover if data from wearable tech like smartwatches and activity trackers could provide an early indication of COVID-19 Read more about Can wearable tech predict COVID-19 and reveal how pandemics affect us?

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  5. Kids mount a COVID-19 immune response without detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    Children in a Melbourne family developed a COVID-19 immune response after chronic exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus from their parents, a new case report has found. Read more about Kids mount a COVID-19 immune response without detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

    Australia; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
  6. Love goes on in lockdown, but is less physical for some

    Publicly released: Wed 18 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Sexually Transmitted Infections

    Sexual activity and dating app use declined among Australian adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, although chatting on dating apps increased, University of Melbourne research has found. Read more about Love goes on in lockdown, but is less physical for some

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
  7. Queensland suicide rate unaffected during first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Nov 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    The Lancet Psychiatry

    Up until the end of August there was no overall change in Queensland’s suspected suicide rate between since the declaration of a public health emergency declaration (PHED) on January 29. Read more about Queensland suicide rate unaffected during first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
  8. Ranking the best ways to limit COVID spread

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Nov 2020 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    Nature Human Behaviour

    The most effective ways of limiting COVID are cancelling small gatherings, closing schools and unis, border restrictions, individual movement restrictions, national lockdowns and increasing the Read more about Ranking the best ways to limit COVID spread

    InternationalMedical University of Vienna, Austria
  9. Measles outbreaks likely in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    The Lancet

    Major measles outbreaks will likely occur during 2021 as an unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new academic article. Read more about Measles outbreaks likely in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

    Australia; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
  10. Key patient insights the missing link in understanding COVID-19 and its mutations

    Publicly released: Tue 17 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

    5 per cent of current entries in GISAID, the world’s largest novel coronavirus genome database, do not contain relevant patient information — a critical piece of the puzzle to understand Read more about Key patient insights the missing link in understanding COVID-19 and its mutations

    AustraliaCSIRO
  11. COVID-19 stigma could lead to more infections

    Publicly released: Mon 16 Nov 2020 at 1631 AEDT | 1831 NZDT

    Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

    They say shame associated with the virus could result in more cases as people become reluctant to report symptoms or use health facilities. ... They say the stigma is often fuelled by misinformation or Read more about COVID-19 stigma could lead to more infections

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Auckland|University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
  12. New drug research for prostate cancer could also fight COVID-19

    Publicly released: Mon 16 Nov 2020 at 1201 AEDT | 1401 NZDT

    Endocrine-Related Cancer

    Two drugs under development to treat aggressive prostate cancer will now be tested to combat the deadliest response to COVID-19 infection - acute respiratory distress syndrome. Read more about New drug research for prostate cancer could also fight COVID-19

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  13. Strict COVID-19 measures in the NT have smashed the curve

    Publicly released: Mon 16 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    MJA

    The Northern Territory’s strict public health measures in response to COVID-19 have so far proved successful in containing community transmission and preventing any deaths, despite the NT hospital Read more about Strict COVID-19 measures in the NT have smashed the curve

    Australia; NTMenzies School of Health Research
  14. How the Royal Melbourne Hospital controlled Australia's biggest outbreak of COVID in health care workers

    Publicly released: Mon 16 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    Royal Melbourne Hospital had the largest institutional outbreak of COVID-19 in health care workers in Australia to date, and used a range of approaches to control the spread of the ... The Royal Park Read more about How the Royal Melbourne Hospital controlled Australia's biggest outbreak of COVID in health care workers

    Australia; VICThe Royal Melbourne Hospital|The University of Melbourne...
  15. EXPERT REACTION: Preliminary results from University of Queensland's phase I COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 1300 AEDT | 1500 NZDT

    Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has this morning announced that the University of Queensland's COVID-19 vaccine is so far proving "safe and effective", based on phase 1 trials. ... Various media reports Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Preliminary results from University of Queensland's phase I COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
  16. Ahead of World Diabetes Day, experts call for urgent action to address global diabetes epidemic

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    Lancet

    Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November, a new report is calling for action to close the gap in diabetes prevention and care. ... people with diabetes, and the lack of action in tackling key Read more about Ahead of World Diabetes Day, experts call for urgent action to address global diabetes epidemic

    Australia; International; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney|La Trobe University|Monash University...
  17. Covid treatment gets hospital patients back on their feet

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    Those who inhaled the immune response protein were more than twice as likely to recover from their infection to a point where everyday activities were not limited, compared to those who ... The trial Read more about Covid treatment gets hospital patients back on their feet

    InternationalSynairgen Research, UK
  18. COVID-19 takes a year off life expectancy in Spain

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    PLOS One

    Spain’s annual life expectancy at birth dropped by 0. 9 years between 2019 and July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. ... It also shows that in the hard-hit city of Madrid Read more about COVID-19 takes a year off life expectancy in Spain

    InternationalCenter for Demographic Studies, Spain
  19. Rapid COVID-19 test could be misleading

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 0915 AEDT | 1115 NZDT

    The BMJ

    The study authors say the AbC-19 Rapid Test is accurate enough to give a good estimate of how prevalent the virus is in the general population, but the false positive Read more about Rapid COVID-19 test could be misleading

    InternationalPublic Health England, UK
  20. Significant barriers to COVID-19 antibody treatments

    Publicly released: Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 0900 AEDT | 1100 NZDT

    JAMA

    Antibody treatments for COVID-19 could face major issues with emergency approval and equity of treatment, US medical researchers argue. ... Monoclonal antibodies garnered attention when they were part of Read more about Significant barriers to COVID-19 antibody treatments

    InternationalMassachusetts General Hospital, US

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