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. 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
  2. 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. ... Their findings suggest that the data from wearable sensors made their model Read more about Wearable sensors help spot COVID-19 infections

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

    Publicly released: Fri 30 Oct 2020 at 0719 AEDT | 0919 NZDT

    Nature Human Behaviour

    Analysis of over 100 million Tweets from around the world suggests that the spread of unreliable information about COVID-19 preceded the rise of infections at the start of 2020. ... Researchers in Italy Read more about 'Waves' of misinformation precede spikes of COVID-19

    InternationalFondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
  4. ‘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
  5. Childhood upbringing linked to pandemic stockpiling

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

    Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

    Kiwi researchers have investigated the factors which influence stockpiling behaviour in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... The authors say that policy makers should consider how financial means might Read more about Childhood upbringing linked to pandemic stockpiling

    New Zealand; InternationalAUT University
  6. '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

    International scientists have identified key challenges in producing a COVID-19 vaccine in a new research review. ... The authors also warn that some trials will rely on relatively young participants, Read more about 'Extremely large' number of volunteers needed for COVID-19 vaccine

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  7. 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

    The study surveyed more than 6,000 adults over eight years about their diet and also asked them about respiratory conditions such as colds and asthma. ... The authors caution that the number of Read more about People with higher vitamin A, E, and D intake may have fewer chest complaints

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

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

    Cardiovascular Research

    Long-term exposure to air pollution could contribute to around 15 per cent of COVID deaths worldwide, according to international research. ... The authors estimate it could contribute to around 27 per Read more about Air pollution may have increased COVID-19 deaths by 15% worldwide

    Australia; InternationalMax Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany
  9. 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
  10. COVID-19 transmission low in NSW education settings

    Publicly released: Tue 27 Oct 2020 at 0601 AEDT | 0801 NZDT

    The spread of COVID-19 remains extremely low in NSW schools and early childhood centres with onward transmission of less than 1 per cent in Term 3, a new report shows. Read more about COVID-19 transmission low in NSW education settings

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

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