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7 April

  • Associate Professor Gaby Ramia
    The Conversation published a piece co-written by Associate Professor Gaby Ramia from the School of Social and Political Sciences about why coronavirus impacts are devastating for international students in private rental housing.

6 April 

  • Associate Professor Ying Zhang
    The Australian Financial Review quoted Professor Ying Zhang from the School of Public Health about measures individuals can take to stop the transmission of the coronavirus.
  • Professor John Keane
    ABC quoted Professor John Keane from the School of Social and Political Sciences about his forthcoming essay, Democracy and the Great Pestilence.
  • Professor Patrick Brenan
    Xinhua News Agency (China) reported on work by Professor Patrick Brennan from the Faculty of Medicine & Health to develop a world-first COVID-19 diagnostic tool to help frontline healthcare workers rapidly identify patients. The story was syndicated on Sina.com.

1 April

  • Professor Patrick Brenan
    Seven news and Channel 10 news reported on work by Professor Patrick Brennan from the Faculty of Health Sciences to develop a world-first COVID-19 diagnostic tool to help frontline healthcare workers rapidly identify patients.
  • Dr Arunima Malik
    Channel Seven interviewed Dr Arunima Malik, in the School of Physics and the Sydney Business School, about whether the coronavirus lockdown could improve air pollution. This story was picked up by The Canberra Times, Tasmanian Examiner, Ballarat Courier and Yahoo! New Zealand.

30 April

  • Professor Patrick Brennan
    The Sydney Morning Herald (syndicated across Nine publishing) and ABC Online reported on work by Professor Patrick Brennan from the Faculty of Medicine & Health to develop a world-first COVID-19 diagnostic tool to help frontline healthcare workers rapidly identify patients.

27 March

  • Dr Fiona Stanaway
    The Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Fiona Stanaway from the School of Public Health about the challenges the homeless have in practising good hygiene to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Dr Dallas Roger
    ArchitectureAU republished an article co-authored by Dr Sophia Maalsen and Dr Roger Dallas from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning about why housing evictions must be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. The article was first published in The Conversation.

25 March

  • Associate Professor Ying Zhang
    The Guardian interviewed Associate Professor Ying Zhang from the School of Public Health about the likely rise in coronavirus cases.

 

Highlight

Online antenatal care in COVID-19 epidemic 

Evidence of accessing antenatal care information via hospital official account on social media platforms supports mental wellbeing in COVID-19 epidemic

Our member Professor Mu Li was one of the members of a team that conducted an online survey among over 1800 pregnant women from 22 provinces in China in the early phase of the coronavirus epidemic. We found many women experiencing stress, anxiety and depression from the epidemic and restriction of movement; accessing to antenatal care information and services from hospital official account on the two major Chinese social media platforms WeChat and Sina Weibo were likely to reduce the risk and support their mental wellbeing. It is important to protect this vulnerable population in the global pandemic.

The manuscript has been posted to the Bulletin of World Health Organisation “COVID-19 open site” according to the protocol for public health emergencies for international concern. The Bull World Health Organ. Editorial emphasises that “Efforts for expedited data and results reporting should not be limited to clinical trials, but should include observational studies, operational research,…….”.

RECOMMENDED CITATION:

Jiang H, Jin L, Qian X, Xiong X, La X & Chen W……Li M. Evidence of accessing antenatal care information via social media platforms supports mental wellbeing in COVID-19 epidemic. [Submitted]. Bull World Health Organ. E-pub: 18 March 2020. doi.