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Coronavirus research and expertise

Research, analysis and podcasts on COVID-19
Sydney experts are at the forefront of COVID-19 research, from understanding its genetic origins to assisting recovery efforts.


Suicide prevention in COVID-recovery
Modelling shows benefits of acting urgently to flatten the mental health 'curve'.

Ethics framework to help guide clinical decision making
Experts help guide thinking about processes for crucial decision-making in anticipation of mounting pressure on healthcare systems due to the coronavirus.

Social media vital for pregnant women during pandemic
Antenatal care information accessed through official social media accounts can help support the mental wellbeing of pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic and country lockdowns.

Blood test could help identify most at-risk patients
Researchers are developing a biomarker blood test which aims to provide vital information to help doctors triage COVID-19 patients.

First study on health conditions one month into lockdown
A preliminary study provides some of the earliest pieces of evidence that the COVID-19 outbreak affected people mentally as well as physically.

Time is now to prepare for the next coronavirus outbreak
Professor Edward Holmes - who helped map the COVID-19 virus genome - issues a call to action to limit the impact of this coronavirus and prepare for any future outbreaks.

Majority of Australians concerned about public transport
Preliminary findings on the impact of COVID-19 on Australians' travel activities suggest over 80 percent of respondents are concerned about hygiene on public transport.

COVID-19 and hate crime in Australia
Experts call for greater vigilance in countering racism and other forms of bigotry that is erupting amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic.

How behavioural economics insights can aid compliance
To avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, Australians must continue to comply with 'stay at home' and other health-related orders. 

Experts examine the COVID-19 tracing app
Academics from the disciplines of cybersecurity, media, law and health comment on COVIDSafe, the COVID-19 contact tracing app released by the federal government.

COVID-19 research funding boosts Sydney-led projects
Researchers lead several projects recently announced by the Australian Government as part of its national coordinated COVID-19 research response.

Text service to support at-risk respiratory patients
While many hospital services are on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney University researchers have established a free text service to help people with existing chronic respiratory diseases.

Statement from Prof Edward Holmes 
Unfounded speculation on the origins of COVID-19 has prompted the following statement from Professor Holmes, who was involved in mapping the genome of the virus.

US COVID-19 deaths "poorly predicted" by IHME model
An international group of data scientists found that over 70 percent of US states had death rates that were inconsistent with IHME predictions.

COVID-19 pandemic set to peak in several days in Australia
Research showed that 8,000 - 10,000 Australians are expected to fall ill with the virus over the course of the pandemic.

Greater social distancing could curb COVID-19 in 13 weeks
A data study revealed that social distancing must be adopted by at least 80 percent of the Australian population to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Suspending housing evictions will defend against COVID-19
Researchers believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a double crisis affecting public health and the economy with both aspects playing out in our housing system. 

Coronavirus research funding announced
Several projects to tackle the novel coronavirus have been announced by the University of Sydney-led NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

Global perspectives policy podcast
Economics academics discuss how the coronavirus crisis will affect the global economy. 


Eddie Woo's study tips
One of the Australia's best teachers shares his advice on how to learn and study at home.

Resources for parents working at home with kids 
Tips that will keep your kids engaged and learning while they are at home during the Coronavirus outbreak.

How to make sure your dog doesn't get cabin fever
As coronavirus forces us to isolate, some pundits are suggesting now is the ideal time to bring a dog into your life. But our experts say you need to think first before taking on a puppy.

Citizen Science: work on coronavirus research from your home
If you are at home keeping safe for the long haul, why not jump into a range of projects that help scientists with their research?

How COVID-19 is changing the way we care for our teeth
To minimise the spread of COVID-19 many procedures have been postponed. However, essential dental treatments are still available. Here, our experts outline what dental care you can access.

How to survive the pandemic with your kids at home
Professor Mark Dadds, director of the Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic, has some tips for staying sane and getting along during the extended lock down.

How to stay fit and active at home during self-isolation
It's easy to get some exercise in your daily routine if you are working from home or are in self-isolation, writes Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis and Associate Professor Kate Edwards.

The dos and don't of self-isolation
People should avoid contact with any person in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, writes Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott. 

3 things to ask yourself before you decide to see someone
Advice around social distancing can be confusing, but asking yourself these important questions can help you make a decision, writes Professor Julie Leask. 

How to access the medicines you and your family need
Pharmacies provide essential services and will remain open but some people will still have problems accessing medicines. Here's what you can do, writes Associate Professor Nial Wheate and Dr Andrew Bartlett. 

COVID-19 risk on public transport
Australia can learn from how other countries are reducing the spread of the virus on public transport, writes Dr Yale Zhuxiao Wong. 

Dr Karl answers your questions
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, from the Faculty of Science, answers your questions about COVID-19.