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  1. Supermarket staff could pose risk of COVID-19 spread

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

    Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    Supermarket workers are more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than the local community, according to new research. ... In a sample of over 100 essential workers at a grocery store in the USA, 20 per Read more about Supermarket staff could pose risk of COVID-19 spread

    InternationalHarvard University, USA
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. '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
  5. ‘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
  6. 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. ... Their results suggest that the design of public health campaigns can impact Read more about Childhood upbringing linked to pandemic stockpiling

    New Zealand; InternationalAUT University
  7. '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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 data also showed that Read more about Introducing social distancing in NYC one week earlier could have cut COVID-19 cases by 80%

    InternationalUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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...
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

    the spread of COVID-19, finding the more the merrier. ... The study modelled the effect individual measures and four combinations of measures had on the virus's spread, finding the most comprehensive Read more about Combination of physical distancing measures can keep COVID at bay

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Edinburgh, UK
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. NZ looks to Taiwan’s approach to the pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 2000 AEDT | 2200 NZDT

    The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific

    New Zealand and Taiwanese health researchers have swapped notes regarding how their respective countries have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... The researchers say Taiwan had extensive public health Read more about NZ looks to Taiwan’s approach to the pandemic

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago
  23. EXPERT REACTION: Victoria reports case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1230 AEDT | 1430 NZDT

    Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has this morning announced that a new case of COVID-19 announced yesterday is being treated as a reinfection. ... During a press conference, the Premier said a male patient Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Victoria reports case of COVID-19 reinfection

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|The Westmead Institute for Medical Research...
  24. New tool predicts who is at risk of dying from COVID-19

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1001 AEDT | 1201 NZDT

    The BMJ

    A new tool, known as QCOVID, could help predict a person’s risk of being admitted to hospital and dying from Covid-19. ... The people in the top 20 per cent for predicted risk of death accounted for 94 Read more about New tool predicts who is at risk of dying from COVID-19

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
  25. Bound by infection: identifying how COVID-19 interacts with cells

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    Science

    Two international studies, including Australian researchers, have shed important light on why the virus that causes COVID-19 is so infectious compared to other SARS viruses. Read more about Bound by infection: identifying how COVID-19 interacts with cells

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
  26. Automation, AI & the Cloud: Scoping transport and mobility sector jobs skills gaps and training needs

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 0830 AEDT | 1030 NZDT

    A new study aims to give state and federal policymakers a clear roadmap on filling the skills gaps in the wide-ranging transport and mobility sector, worth more than $123 billion ... the face of Read more about Automation, AI & the Cloud: Scoping transport and mobility sector jobs skills gaps and training needs

    AustraliaiMOVE Australia|RMIT University
  27. EXPERT REACTION: Is arthritis drug tocilizumab another treatment for COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 0400 AEDT | 0600 NZDT

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Across a series of studies, international researchers have investigated whether tocilizumab, an immunosuppressive drug used mainly for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, is an effective Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Is arthritis drug tocilizumab another treatment for COVID-19?

    InternationalBrigham and Women’s Hospital, US, Unita Operativa di Reumatologia in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Université de Paris, France
  28. An in-depth look at COVID-19's effects on the heart

    Publicly released: Tue 20 Oct 2020 at 0500 AEDT | 0700 NZDT

    Journal of the American College of Cardiology

    The second paper addresses the global concerns COVID-19 has raised for the health and safety of heart disease patients. ... Around one in four people hospitalised with COVID-19 has heart damage caused by Read more about An in-depth look at COVID-19's effects on the heart

    InternationalCenter for Cardiovascular Health at Mount Sinai Heart, USA, University of Chicago, USA,
  29. EXPERT REACTION: WHO COVID-19 trial finds remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon don't save lives

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 1100 AEDT | 1300 NZDT

    medRxiv

    The World Health Organisation has published interim results of its Solidarity trial, which investigated whether remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon regimens were effective Read more about EXPERT REACTION: WHO COVID-19 trial finds remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir and interferon don't save lives

    InternationalWorld Health Organization
  30. Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 1042 AEDT | 1242 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    Breastfeeding did not increase the likelihood of COVID-19 infection, so they suggest that viral transmission through milk is rare, or may not happen at all. ... Just over half of the infants went on to Read more about Around a third of infants with COVID-19 may have caught it from mum

    InternationalParis Saclay University Hospitals, France
  31. Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    A COVID-19 vaccine based on an inactivated version of the novel coronavirus has been shown to be safe and able to cause an immune response in more than 600 healthy ... This trial was not meant to study Read more about Vaccine candidate based on inactivated version of SARS-CoV-2 found to be safe

    InternationalBeijing Institute of Biological Products Company Limited, China
  32. Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet

    The research also provides new insights on how well countries were prepared in terms of underlying health for the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the interaction of the pandemic with the continued Read more about Healthy life expectancy across Australia and NZ on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

    Australia; New Zealand; International; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; ACTThe University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney...
  33. EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    Lancet Global Health

    An international research team has analysed the health records of more than 45,000 people with diabetes in New Zealand over approximately 25 years – showing significant health disparities Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Māori diabetes inequality has persisted for a quarter of a century

    Australia; New Zealand; NSWWestern Sydney University|Zhengzhou University, Keele University
  34. Herd immunity approach a ‘dangerous fallacy’

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Oct 2020 at 0905 AEDT | 1105 NZDT

    The Lancet

    Health researchers have openly denounced the herd immunity approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic as “unsupported by scientific evidence. ” ... They conclude that controlling community spread of Read more about Herd immunity approach a ‘dangerous fallacy’

    InternationalUniversity of Southampton, UK
  35. Global lockdowns result in almost 9% drop in CO2 emissions

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Oct 2020 at 1500 AEDT | 1700 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in one of the largest drops in global CO2 emissions in history, based on near-real-time data collected during the first half of 2020. ... Compared to the same time Read more about Global lockdowns result in almost 9% drop in CO2 emissions

    InternationalTsinghua University, China
  36. COVID-19 testing explained

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Oct 2020 at 0001 AEDT | 0201 NZDT

    Australian Prescriber

    Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 infection is a key element in the strategy for limiting its spread. ... In an explainer article, two Australian experts explain what the different tests are, when they Read more about COVID-19 testing explained

    Australia; QLDSullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane
  37. EXPERT REACTION: No evidence of excess deaths in NZ and Australia due to pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 2000 AEDT | 2200 NZDT

    Nature Medicine

    Over a million people around the world have died as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now researchers have counted the indirect loss of lives caused by social, ... Looking at data from 21 Read more about EXPERT REACTION: No evidence of excess deaths in NZ and Australia due to pandemic

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalImperial College London, UK
  38. Belief in COVID misinformation found worldwide

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 1001 AEDT | 1201 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    Researchers surveyed 5,000 people across the US, UK, Mexico, Spain, and Ireland, finding that most people did not believe in COVID-19 misinformation. ... The authors say COVID-19 misinformation is a Read more about Belief in COVID misinformation found worldwide

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
  39. Rare loss of hearing due to COVID-19 reported in UK

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 0930 AEDT | 1130 NZDT

    BMJ Case Reports

    However, only four previous cases have so far linked sudden hearing loss with COVID-19. ... Researchers in the UK have reported a new case study of a middle-aged man with a severe COVID infection, who Read more about Rare loss of hearing due to COVID-19 reported in UK

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
  40. Surprise finding: no major increase in Australians washing their hands since this time last year

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Oct 2020 at 0600 AEDT | 0800 NZDT

    As handwashing was a major component of the national campaign to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19, we were surprised that 20 per cent of men and 15 per cent ... of women report they still don’t Read more about Surprise finding: no major increase in Australians washing their hands since this time last year

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council
  41. EXPERT REACTION: Johnson & Johnson pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1730 AEDT | 1930 NZDT

    US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has confirmed it has temporarily paused its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials due to an unexplained illness in a study participant. ... While the company did Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Johnson & Johnson pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial

    Australia; International; NSW; VICThe Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  42. EXPERT REACTION: How reliable is a review suggesting Hydroxychloroquine works for early COVID-19?

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1659 AEDT | 1859 NZDT

    New Microbes and New Infections

    A systematic review suggests that Hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19 when used early in the outpatient setting, however, an Australian expert says the results of this review are not Read more about EXPERT REACTION: How reliable is a review suggesting Hydroxychloroquine works for early COVID-19?

    Australia; International; QLDBond University|Illinois Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center, USA
  43. Infant sleep affected by more screentime

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1522 AEDT | 1722 NZDT

    Sleep

    With screen time on the rise due to the coronavirus pandemic there is renewed attention on its impact on children and babies. ... A new study, published in the international Sleep journal, found that Read more about Infant sleep affected by more screentime

    Australia; SAFlinders University
  44. Research shows pandemic’s toll on arts and creative sector workers’ mental health

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1200 AEDT | 1400 NZDT

    Experts from RMIT University are available to talk about the impact of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions on arts workers, including creative and technical workers and the implications for their Read more about Research shows pandemic’s toll on arts and creative sector workers’ mental health

    Australia; VICRMIT University
  45. First case of COVID-19 reinfection reported in the US

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 1130 AEDT | 1330 NZDT

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases

    A study has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 reinfection in the USA. ... The case reported a 25-year-old man who was infected with two distinct SARS-CoV-2 variants within a 48-day timeframe, while Read more about First case of COVID-19 reinfection reported in the US

    InternationalUniversity of Nevada, USA
  46. Did COVID curb Aussie drinking habits? Long-term research is needed

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 0500 AEDT | 0700 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    From closed pubs to restrictions on social gatherings, COVID-19 has impacted how Australians consume alcohol but exactly how is little understood, say Aussie researchers. ... In an editorial, the authors Read more about Did COVID curb Aussie drinking habits? Long-term research is needed

    Australia; VICLa Trobe University
  47. America's COVID fail: 180,000 lives would have been saved if the US had Australia's COVID death rate

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Oct 2020 at 0200 AEDT | 0400 NZDT

    JAMA

    If the US COVID death rates were comparable to Australia, they would have had 187,661 fewer COVID-19 deaths, making up around 94 percent of all their reported deaths, according ... The study found Read more about America's COVID fail: 180,000 lives would have been saved if the US had Australia's COVID death rate

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
  48. Adequate PPE could save lives of more than 2m healthcare workers

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Oct 2020 at 1259 AEDT | 1459 NZDT

    PLOS One

    Researchers estimated that buying enough PPE for healthcare workers in these countries would cost around $14m NZD, but save the lives of roughly 2. ... 2 million staff. Around $89 NZD would be saved per Read more about Adequate PPE could save lives of more than 2m healthcare workers

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  49. Clinical study aims to better understand COVID-19 immunity

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Oct 2020 at 1244 AEDT | 1444 NZDT

    People who have recovered from COVID-19, and their close contacts, could hold the key to understanding how immunity to the disease develops, how long it lasts and what happens when ... The COVID PROFILE Read more about Clinical study aims to better understand COVID-19 immunity

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
  50. In the eye of a stellar cyclone

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Oct 2020 at 1000 AEDT | 1200 NZDT

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

    While on lockdown for COVID-19 earlier this year, a Sydney undergraduate unlocked the bizarre secrets of a ticking time-bomb star, dubbed one of the "exotic peacocks of the stellar Read more about In the eye of a stellar cyclone

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney

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