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  1. Social media can guide public pandemic policy

    Publicly released: Thu 5 Nov 2020 at 1253 AEDT | 1453 NZDT

    Health Information Science and Systems

    As global cases of COVID-19 fast approach 50 million, a team of QUT researchers examined more than 35,000 tweets and say social media analytics can capture the attitudes and ... They also suggest social Read more about Social media can guide public pandemic policy

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
  2. Decline in reported availability of methamphetamine and heroin during COVID-19 restrictions

    Publicly released: Thu 5 Nov 2020 at 0005 AEDT | 0205 NZDT

    The Drug Trends program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney has released reports on findings from annual surveys with hundreds of people who regularly use Read more about Decline in reported availability of methamphetamine and heroin during COVID-19 restrictions

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; TAS; NTNational Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
  3. R0 may not be the best way to keep track of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 4 Nov 2020 at 1101 AEDT | 1301 NZDT

    Journal of the Royal Society Interface

    International scientists say R0 - the basic reproductive number used to indicate the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 - is too simple to reflect the complex process of a virus Read more about R0 may not be the best way to keep track of COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Vermont, USA
  4. NEWS BRIEFING: Australia's current biosecurity not enough to meet growing threats - CSIRO Report 

    Publicly released: Wed 4 Nov 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    While Australia has one of the strongest biosecurity systems globally, outbreaks are continuing to rise in volume and complexity. ... Between 2012 and 2017, there was a 50 per cent increase in the number Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Australia's current biosecurity not enough to meet growing threats - CSIRO Report 

    AustraliaCSIRO|Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, Animal Health Australia, Plant Health Australia  
  5. Cancer treatment could be replicated for COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 3 Nov 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    Frontiers in Immunology

    Beta-blockers could potentially be used to treat COVID-19, according to a new international study by Italian and Australian scientists. Read more about Cancer treatment could be replicated for COVID-19

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  6. People in the pro-Trump parts of the US stayed at home less and got COVID more

    Publicly released: Tue 3 Nov 2020 at 1014 AEDT | 1214 NZDT

    Nature Human Behaviour

    People in counties in the United States that voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election tended to physically distance 14 per cent less than those in counties that voted ... The counties who Read more about People in the pro-Trump parts of the US stayed at home less and got COVID more

    InternationalYale University, USA
  7. How to beat procrastination during COVID-19

    Publicly released: Tue 3 Nov 2020 at 1008 AEDT | 1208 NZDT

    Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

    Staying motivated can be hard when times are tough. Researchers in New Zealand and Australia have recorded the challenges they faced producing their own studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about How to beat procrastination during COVID-19

    New Zealand; QLDUniversity of Otago|The University of Queensland
  8. Terrorists taking advantage of COVID-19 chaos

    Publicly released: Mon 2 Nov 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    Global Security: Health, Science and Policy

    They analysed terrorist activity across the globe since the pandemic began, and say the COVID-19 has enabled attacks. ... They suggest terror groups have used the pandemic as a “golden opportunity" to Read more about Terrorists taking advantage of COVID-19 chaos

    InternationalUniversity of Maryland, USA
  9. EXPERT REACTION: Black Summer Bushfire Royal Commission Final Report

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report

    The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements – the 'Black Summer' bushfire royal commission – has concluded and released its report. ... and how charities and other groups can best Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Black Summer Bushfire Royal Commission Final Report

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; NT; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
  10. COVID was just one - there could be 850,000 other animal viruses waiting to infect us

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    It is estimated that another 1. 7 million currently 'undiscovered' viruses exist in mammals and birds - of which up to 850,000 may have the ability to infect people. ... They say pandemic risk can be Read more about COVID was just one - there could be 850,000 other animal viruses waiting to infect us

    Australia; International; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)|Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  11. Supermarket staff could pose risk of COVID-19 spread

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    The results also found that among those testing positive, three out of four had no symptoms. ... The authors say grocery stores could pose a risk of community transmission, and that more measures should Read more about Supermarket staff could pose risk of COVID-19 spread

    InternationalHarvard University, USA
  12. Vitamin C could help treat COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    Nutrients

    After reviewing the evidence on vitamin C as a COVID-19 treatment, a University of Otago researcher says it could help those with low levels of the vitamin in their body, ... The author highlights the Read more about Vitamin C could help treat COVID-19

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago
  13. Wearable sensors help spot COVID-19 infections

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0746 AEDT | 0946 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    Data gathered from smartwatches and activity trackers can help determine whether or not someone with symptoms has COVID-19. ... Researchers in the USA developed a smartphone app that collected wearable Read more about Wearable sensors help spot COVID-19 infections

    InternationalScripps Research Translational Institute, USA
  14. 'Waves' of misinformation precede spikes of COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0715 AEDT | 0915 NZDT

    Nature Human Behaviour

    Researchers in Italy have studied the social media messages from January to March, and measured the reliability of the news being circulated. ... The authors say that developing "early-warning signals" on Read more about 'Waves' of misinformation precede spikes of COVID-19

    InternationalFondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  15. ‘Very high’ testing rate needed to stop coronavirus outbreaks in NZ

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    NZMJ

    New modelling shows more than 5,500 Covid-19 tests are needed every day, if New Zealand wants to catch imported cases of the virus before it spreads too far. ... The study authors suggest that testing at Read more about ‘Very high’ testing rate needed to stop coronavirus outbreaks in NZ

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
  16. Childhood upbringing linked to pandemic stockpiling

    Publicly released: Thu 29 Oct 2020 at 1421 AEDT | 1621 NZDT

    Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

    Their results suggest that the design of public health campaigns can impact the level of threat people feel from the virus, and their intention to stockpile groceries. ... The authors say that policy Read more about Childhood upbringing linked to pandemic stockpiling

    New Zealand; InternationalAUT University
  17. 'Extremely large' number of volunteers needed for COVID-19 vaccine

    Publicly released: Wed 28 Oct 2020 at 1326 AEDT | 1526 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    The authors also warn that some trials will rely on relatively young participants, which means researchers can't guarantee a vaccine will be effective in older adults. Read more about 'Extremely large' number of volunteers needed for COVID-19 vaccine

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  18. People with higher vitamin A, E, and D intake may have fewer chest complaints

    Publicly released: Wed 28 Oct 2020 at 1030 AEDT | 1230 NZDT

    BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health

    High vitamin A, E, and D intake may be linked to fewer respiratory complaints in adults, according to UK research. ... The study surveyed more than 6,000 adults over eight years about their diet and also Read more about People with higher vitamin A, E, and D intake may have fewer chest complaints

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  19. Air pollution may have increased COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

    Publicly released: Tue 27 Oct 2020 at 1105 AEDT | 1305 NZDT

    Cardiovascular Research

    deaths it is much lower, for example the authors estimate it contributes just 3 per cent in Australia. ... Globally, around half of the attributable, man-made fraction of air pollution is related to Read more about Air pollution may have increased COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

    Australia; InternationalMax Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany
  20. Introducing social distancing in NYC one week earlier could have cut COVID-19 cases by 80%

    Publicly released: Tue 27 Oct 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    US scientists say delaying the introduction of social distancing measures, failing to stick to them, and ending measures early all cause COVID-19 case numbers to rocket. ... The authors developed a Read more about Introducing social distancing in NYC one week earlier could have cut COVID-19 cases by 80%

    InternationalUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

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