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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. 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)
  11. People with preexisting issues may be at a higher risk of depression during COVID-times

    Publicly released: Tue 27 Oct 2020 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Network Open

    UK researchers say that while the COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all pretty hard, those people who had already been struggling with other issues may be hit even harder. ... Additionally, the team found that Read more about People with preexisting issues may be at a higher risk of depression during COVID-times

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  12. Partial immunity and social distancing could reduce COVID-19 mortality rates

    Publicly released: Mon 26 Oct 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    mBio

    Partial immunity to SARS-CoV-2 combined with social distancing would significantly reduce mortality rates, new mathematical modelling shows. Read more about Partial immunity and social distancing could reduce COVID-19 mortality rates

    Australia; QLDGriffith University|University of Alberta, Canada
  13. Universal face masking could save almost 130,000 lives in US

    Publicly released: Sat 24 Oct 2020 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    New modelling suggests that more than half a million U. S lives could be lost to COVID-19 by the end of February 2021, but that number could be significantly reduced ... The researchers analysed the Read more about Universal face masking could save almost 130,000 lives in US

    Australia; International; QLDThe University of Queensland|QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute...
  14. COVID-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Frontiers in Public Health

    The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated into a ‘syndemic’ for people with chronic illnesses, a new UNSW study analysing data from low and middle-income countries shows. ... Among the adverse impacts of Read more about COVID-19 a double blow for chronic disease patients

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
  15. Around 3 in 4 Americans report hearing conflicting information about COVID-19

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    Almost 75 per cent of US adults surveyed in April say they have heard conflicting information about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to US research. ... Overall, participants noticed more disagreement Read more about Around 3 in 4 Americans report hearing conflicting information about COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Minnesota, USA
  16. Combination of physical distancing measures can keep COVID at bay

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    UK researchers have analysed 131 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, to determine the impact of physical distancing measures - such as work closures, caps on gatherings and public event Read more about Combination of physical distancing measures can keep COVID at bay

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Edinburgh, UK
  17. Voters unlikely to decide whether to pick Trump, Boris or Modi based on their pandemic performance

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Global Health

    Despite viewing their governments as responsible for the spread of COVID-19, voters in the US, UK and India are unlikely to punish or reward their leaders at the polls for ... Some people were told key Read more about Voters unlikely to decide whether to pick Trump, Boris or Modi based on their pandemic performance

    InternationalOxford University, UK, University of Texas at Austin. US
  18. COVID-19 risks higher for those with Down Syndrome

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 1600 AEDT | 1800 NZDT

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Those with Down syndrome could be 10 times more likely to die from COVID-19, and four times more likely to be hospitalised by it, according to international researchers, who say ... not all of the risk, Read more about COVID-19 risks higher for those with Down Syndrome

    InternationalNuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, UK
  19. COVID-19 vaccine trials not designed to show if they will save lives

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The BMJ

    Vaccines are being hailed as the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine trials currently underway are not designed to tell us if they will save lives, according to ... Nor are the vaccines Read more about COVID-19 vaccine trials not designed to show if they will save lives

    InternationalThe BMJ
  20. Arthritis drug tocilizumab shows no clear benefit for moderate COVID-19

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Oct 2020 at 0800 AEDT | 1000 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The drug tocilizumab, which supresses the immune system and is used mainly for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, was not effective for preventing intubation or death in moderately-ill Read more about Arthritis drug tocilizumab shows no clear benefit for moderate COVID-19

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA

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