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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. The mindful way to manage stress among elite athletes

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 1016 AEST | 1216 NZST

    Perceptual and Motor Skills

    feelings in the present moment – can significantly reduce and protect athletes from stress. ... In recent years we’ve seen Olympians, professional sportspeople, and the next generation of elite Read more about The mindful way to manage stress among elite athletes

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia|Flinders University|Tennis Australia
  2. EXPERT REACTION: How might waning immunity and reinfections affect NZ’s next Omicron wave?

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 0900 AEST | 1100 NZST

    Researchers from Covid-19 Modelling Aotearoa modelled different scenarios, finding that a second smaller COVID wave arose in the latter half of 2022 in all scenarios, however a higher peak of Read more about EXPERT REACTION: How might waning immunity and reinfections affect NZ’s next Omicron wave?

    New Zealand; PacificUniversity of Auckland|University of Canterbury|Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
  3. Dogs can sniff out COVID-19 better than a RAT

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    These results were even higher compared to antigen testing, such that the researchers say this method is a rapid and non-invasive alternative to RATs. ... Future research will focus on how well the pups Read more about Dogs can sniff out COVID-19 better than a RAT

    InternationalUniversity Paris-Est, Maisons-Alfort, France; Hôpital Necker-EnfantsMalades, France; Universite´ de Paris; France; Ministry of Interior of the UAE; UAE; Hôpital Saint Louis, France; Hôpital Bichat, France
  4. Perceived expert views could influence COVID-19 jab hesitancy

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature

    The authors suggest that professional medical associations could work on correcting such misperceptions through cheap and scaleable campaigns. ... However, 90% of the doctors intended to get vaccinated Read more about Perceived expert views could influence COVID-19 jab hesitancy

    InternationalUniversity of Milan, Italy
  5. Many aspects of teens' lifestyles became more unhealthy during COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    BMJ Open

    The Health4Life study gave us a unique opportunity to assess changes in key health behaviours in a large and geographically diverse sample. ... The full extent of the impact of the pandemic on children Read more about Many aspects of teens' lifestyles became more unhealthy during COVID-19

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney|Macquarie University
  6. Mandating flu jab, but not COVID-19 jab, ethically justified for healthcare staff

    Publicly released: Wed 1 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Journal of Medical Ethics

    These include the pros and cons of the vaccines and the availability of less restrictive alternatives to achieve comparable health benefits. ... And the evidence suggests that compulsory flu jabs increase Read more about Mandating flu jab, but not COVID-19 jab, ethically justified for healthcare staff

    Australia; International; VICMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)|University of Oxford, UK
  7. Changing the way we jab might help stop post-vax fatigue

    Publicly released: Wed 1 Jun 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Biology

    Adverse post-vaccination effects may influence people’s willingness to get vaccinated or receive a booster dose, hampering efforts to reduce the spread and severity of COVID-19. ... To improve Read more about Changing the way we jab might help stop post-vax fatigue

    InternationalDuke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  8. Ethnic biases in pulse oximetry may restrict timely treatment for Black and Hispanic patients

    Publicly released: Wed 1 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    US researchers looked back at the medical records of Asian, Black, Hispanic and White COVID patients, finding ethnic biases in the accuracy of pulse oximeter measurements. ... For Black and Hispanic Read more about Ethnic biases in pulse oximetry may restrict timely treatment for Black and Hispanic patients

    InternationalJohn Hopkins University, US; See paper for full list of author affiliations
  9. Hospital admissions rose as COVID-19 restrictions eased in most states and territories in 2020–21

    Publicly released: Wed 1 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    decline in the previous reporting period, according to new information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). ... The largest increase in hospitalisations was for principal diagnoses Read more about Hospital admissions rose as COVID-19 restrictions eased in most states and territories in 2020–21

    AustraliaAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  10. Pandemic mental health help for all ages

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 1430 AEST | 1630 NZST

    JMIR Mental Health

    2196/37292Acknowledgement: Delivery of the Be Well Plan received funding from the Flinders University College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. Read more about Pandemic mental health help for all ages

    Australia; SAFlinders University|South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
  11. How COVID-19 created dramatic changes in a ‘winter virus’

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    Nature Communications

    The outbreaks coincided with the easing of COVID-19 control measures. A surprising finding was a major ‘collapse’ in RSV strains already known before COVID-19, and the emergence of new Read more about How COVID-19 created dramatic changes in a ‘winter virus’

    Australia; NSW; VIC; WAThe University of Sydney|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research...
  12. 2021 NZ Prime Minister’s Science Prizes announced

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    The Emerging Scientist Prize goes to Dr Jemma Geoghegan, one of the scientists behind New Zealand’s COVID-19 genome sequencing programme, and the Science Communication Prize goes to Toby Morris, Read more about 2021 NZ Prime Minister’s Science Prizes announced

    New ZealandRoyal Society Te Apārangi
  13. Rapid lab analysis by Australian researchers informs global guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination and treatment

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 1239 AEST | 1439 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    The rapid analysis included details of how well the variant evades antibodies and how resilient it is. ... recovered from pre-Omicron variants and/or have had two doses of the vaccine,” explains Prof Read more about Rapid lab analysis by Australian researchers informs global guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination and treatment

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
  14. Flu season 2022 - what you need to know

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    B. Vaccination against the flu is particularly recommended for people with underlying conditions such as asthma, pregnant women, the elderly and health workers. ... Vaccination can limit the severity of Read more about Flu season 2022 - what you need to know

    Australia; VICHudson Institute of Medical Research
  15. Two thirds of Aussies think COVID-19 lockdowns were 'just right'

    Publicly released: Tue 31 May 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Australian Journal of Social Issues

    Two-thirds of Australians view the severity of the state government-imposed as “about right”, although not surprisingly, Victorians were the most likely to view the lockdowns as too restrictive, Read more about Two thirds of Aussies think COVID-19 lockdowns were 'just right'

    Australia; TASUniversity of Tasmania
  16. Vaccine immunity still wanes after COVID-19 infection, but not as quickly

    Publicly released: Fri 27 May 2022 at 0945 AEST | 1145 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The team used Israeli health data to measure the rate of infection at different times after vaccination, and compared people who've had COVID-19 with people who haven't. ... 6, compared with 88. 9 per Read more about Vaccine immunity still wanes after COVID-19 infection, but not as quickly

    InternationalTechnion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  17. Nearly two-thirds of European emergency department staff face burnout

    Publicly released: Fri 27 May 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    European Journal of Emergency Medicine

    Khoury, from the Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Besançon University Hospital, Besançon, France. ... The need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and the resulting fear of Read more about Nearly two-thirds of European emergency department staff face burnout

    InternationalOspedale Regionale di Lugano, EOC (Switzerland), Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla (Spain), and Burdur State Hospital (Turkey)
  18. You're more infectious if you have COVID-19 symptoms than if you're asymptomatic

    Publicly released: Fri 27 May 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    The researchers combined studies looking at how common asymptomatic infections are, and how frequently symptomatic or asymptomatic people spread the virus. ... Debate about the level and risks of Read more about You're more infectious if you have COVID-19 symptoms than if you're asymptomatic

    InternationalUniversity of Bern, Switzerland
  19. Pandemic distress may affect foetal brain development, small study finds

    Publicly released: Fri 27 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Communications Medicine

    The imaging assessed the surface structure of the brain, including cortical folding and the wrinkled shape (gyrification) and depth of the wrinkles (sulcal depth) of the brain surface. ... Overall, 34 (27. Read more about Pandemic distress may affect foetal brain development, small study finds

    InternationalChildren’s National Hospital, George Washington University, MedStar Washington Hospital Center (US)
  20. What are your chances of death or long-term symptoms six months after catching COVID?

    Publicly released: Thu 26 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    The authors say these results should be used to better prevent breakthrough infections in the first place instead of relying solely on vaccination, and to optimise care for affected people. Read more about What are your chances of death or long-term symptoms six months after catching COVID?

    InternationalVA Saint Louis Health Care System, Veterans Research and Education Foundation of Saint Louis, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis University (US)

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