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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. Koalas exposed to double whammy health threat

    Publicly released: Wed 25 May 2022 at 1400 AEST | 1600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    The UQ team now intends to study how environmental factors influence the amount of circulating retrovirus and disease in koalas. ... This is a major step forward in understanding how retroviruses can Read more about Koalas exposed to double whammy health threat

    Australia; NSW; QLDThe University of Queensland|Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
  2. Predicting bat host hotspots to help prepare for future coronavirus outbreaks

    Publicly released: Wed 25 May 2022 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    The team found that bat locations were most influenced by temperature and cave availability. ... The team identified concentrated host hotspots in Myanmar and projected range contractions for most species Read more about Predicting bat host hotspots to help prepare for future coronavirus outbreaks

    New Zealand; InternationalMassey University|Texas Tech University and Georgetown University (US), Central China Normal University (China), São Paulo State University (Brazil), Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  3. Being lonely during lockdown could damage your calm

    Publicly released: Wed 25 May 2022 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    The study found that younger and less financially secure individuals are more stressed overall but had a reduction in stress as the day progressed, while more lonely individuals felt less calm Read more about Being lonely during lockdown could damage your calm

    InternationalUniversity of Vienna, Austria
  4. Vaccinated people who catch COVID-19 may still be less infectious than the unvaccinated

    Publicly released: Wed 25 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Vaccinated people who catch COVID-19 spread the virus to fewer people and shed live virus for a shorter time than unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated people, according to a South ... The small Read more about Vaccinated people who catch COVID-19 may still be less infectious than the unvaccinated

    InternationalUniversity of Ulsan College of Medicine, South Korea
  5. VR a tool to give better quality of life in aged care

    Publicly released: Tue 24 May 2022 at 1030 AEST | 1230 NZST

    She said the Transformational Toolkit was now freely available online and outlined how to implement VR into aged care. ... To integrate VR into aged care needs support from senior management and a staff Read more about VR a tool to give better quality of life in aged care

    Australia; VIC; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)|Griffith University...
  6. We still don't know what causes long COVID

    Publicly released: Tue 24 May 2022 at 0700 AEST | 0900 NZST

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Abnormal findings on physical examination and laboratory evaluation were uncommon and occurred with similar frequency in the COVID-19 and control groups. ... The authors also report that they did not find Read more about We still don't know what causes long COVID

    InternationalNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  7. COVID-19 has become a leading cause of death in Australia – Urgent call for action

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 1500 AEST | 1700 NZST

    Our health systems, schools and businesses are already struggling and the situation will get a lot worse if we do not act. ” ... Dr Zoë Hyde“The approach to under-served communities and the ongoing Read more about COVID-19 has become a leading cause of death in Australia – Urgent call for action

    AustraliaOzSAGE
  8. EXPERT REACTION: Australia's first cases of monkeypox

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 1330 AEST | 1530 NZST

    Victorian health authorities have now confirmed a case of monkeypox in the state, while NSW Health has identified a probable case of monkeypox in a recently returned traveller from Europe. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Australia's first cases of monkeypox

    Australia; NSW; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
  9. COVID-19 added pressure added to existing triggers for poor mental health

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    The COVID-19 pandemic added pressure to existing triggers for poor mental health by amplifying financial stress and reducing social support and connection, according to Australian research. Read more about COVID-19 added pressure added to existing triggers for poor mental health

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
  10. 1 in 50 infant deaths globally are caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    as COVID-19 restrictions are easing around the world and the majority of the young children born in the last two years have never been exposed to RSV (and therefore have ... and eligibility for RSV Read more about 1 in 50 infant deaths globally are caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus

    Australia; International; VIC; WAMurdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)|The University of Melbourne...
  11. Genetics helped some people weather the pandemic storm better than others

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new study by Lude Franke and colleagues of the University of Groningen, Netherlands finds that some individuals weathered the stress of the pandemic Read more about Genetics helped some people weather the pandemic storm better than others

    InternationalUniversity of Groningen, The Netherlands
  12. Higher weight may be associated with faster waning COVID-19 immunity

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    The team tested the blood of 50 healthcare workers two, four and six months after their second dose to measure waning immunity. ... They say there was an inverse correlation between weight and antibody Read more about Higher weight may be associated with faster waning COVID-19 immunity

    InternationalKyungpook National University, South Korea
  13. Higher COVID-19 case counts associated with food price spikes

    Publicly released: Fri 20 May 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    Nature Food

    The team investigated trends in retail prices of various food groups across up to 181 countries, and found a significant rise in average prices, especially for more nutritious foods. ... They say the Read more about Higher COVID-19 case counts associated with food price spikes

    InternationalTufts University, USA
  14. How does COVID-19 immunity hold up against Deltacron?

    Publicly released: Thu 19 May 2022 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The team tested Omicron BA1, BA2, BA3 and Deltacron against serum from recently double and triple vaccinated healthcare workers alongside vaccinated and unvaccinated patients hospitalised with Read more about How does COVID-19 immunity hold up against Deltacron?

    InternationalOhio State University, USA
  15. Vaccines may lessen Long COVID for some - but more study needed

    Publicly released: Thu 19 May 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    Receiving a second vaccine dose was associated with a further 9% decrease in the odds of long covid, and this improvement was sustained at least over an average follow-up of ... They call for further Read more about Vaccines may lessen Long COVID for some - but more study needed

    InternationalOffice for National Statistics, University of Leicester, University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Southampton, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, UK
  16. A nice cuddle could help your lady love stress less

    Publicly released: Thu 19 May 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    Prior to this test, half of the couples were instructed to embrace, and the others did not embrace. ... The researchers measured various indicators of stress, including participants’ salivary cortisol Read more about A nice cuddle could help your lady love stress less

    InternationalRuhr University Bochum, Germany
  17. EXPERT REACTION: 4 climate change records broken in 2021 - WMO State of the Climate Report

    Publicly released: Wed 18 May 2022 at 1800 AEST | 2000 NZST

    World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

    Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW), the Global Cryosphere Watch and the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change services. ... UNEP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Read more about EXPERT REACTION: 4 climate change records broken in 2021 - WMO State of the Climate Report

    Australia; InternationalWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  18. Burnet Institute partners with Moderna to accelerate vaccine development for emerging and neglected infectious diseases

    Publicly released: Wed 18 May 2022 at 0500 AEST | 0700 NZST

    the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Burnet Director and CEO, said. ... Under the partnership agreement Moderna will provide expertise in designing mRNA vaccines for Burnet’s validated Read more about Burnet Institute partners with Moderna to accelerate vaccine development for emerging and neglected infectious diseases

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute
  19. Pfizer and Moderna win out over other vaccines against COVID-19 variants

    Publicly released: Wed 18 May 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    When pitted against variants of concern, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna appear “profoundly superior” to AstraZeneca and Janssen at blocking the virus, finds a Dutch study. ... better against the World Read more about Pfizer and Moderna win out over other vaccines against COVID-19 variants

    InternationalUniversity of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Infection and Immunity, Department of Infectious Diseases, Public Health Service of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Weill Medical College of Cornell University (USA)
  20. The numbers don’t lie: Australia is failing at maths

    Publicly released: Tue 17 May 2022 at 0929 AEST | 1129 NZST

    Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science

    It helps our brain better understand the concepts and commit them to memory. ” ... Gestures Enhance Executive Functions for the Understanding of Mathematical Concepts” is published in the Integrative Read more about The numbers don’t lie: Australia is failing at maths

    Australia; International; SAUniversity of South Australia

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