Our Scibloggers have been providing updates on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. This page will be updated as more posts are published.
As of 11 February 2020, the virus has been officially named COVID-19.
12 March 2020
Wellington, we have a problem…
Now that the WHO has declared a pandemic, what next?
The Psychology Report
What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This is a landmark event, but what does it mean?
Rebecca S.B. Fischer
11 March 2020
Delays in feedback: Learning to drive, brain waves and COVID-19
How can China get back to work without taking too many risks?
9 March 2020
The three phases of Covid-19 – and how we can make it manageable
An illustrated look at how the virus may spread throughout Aotearoa, and how our behaviour can ‘flatten’ the epidemic curve.
7 March 2020
How to get rid of Covid-19 from surfaces the right way
Dr Siouxsie Wiles is back with advice on cleaning surfaces to limit coronavirus spread.
5 March 2020
Can you catch Covid-19 from someone without symptoms?
Siouxsie Wiles won’t be surprised to see more coronavirus cases in New Zealand, especially if people “soldier on” when feeling unwell.
A glance at the global spread of Covid-19, beyond China
We are now dealing with a serious global threat, as the number of Covid-19 cases passes 93,000.
4 March 2020
COVID-19 has now reached New Zealand. How prepared is it to deal with a pandemic?
New Zealand now has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, how prepared are we?
Michael Baker and Nick Wilson
Public Health Expert
A beginning of semester corona-rant
The university year has begun and Marcus Wilson has a rant about misinformation and poor behaviour.
26 February 2020
Beating the evolving COVID-19 pandemic – unprecedented human collaboration in discovery and innovation
Vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris gives an update on what we know about COVID-19 and the race to develop a vaccine.
16 February 2020
Coronavirus update: spread outside China and a new name
A mid-month update on COVID-19.
14 February 2020
The numbers are the numbers, except when they’re not
A change in clinical diagnosis led to a spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus.
10 February 2020
NZ Should Prepare for a Potentially Severe Global Coronavirus Pandemic
Given the virus’ potential to become a severe and prolonged global pandemic, a precautionary response means activating all components of New Zealand’s pandemic plan, with a particular focus on ‘keep it out’.
Nick Wilson and Michael Baker
Public Health Expert
8 February 2020
Is 2019-nCov a pangolin coronavirus?
The latest news suggests the coronavirus outbreak may have originated from pangolins.
Code for Life
3 February 2020
The WHO has called the coronavirus outbreak an ‘infodemic’, with information spreading rapidly – and sometimes incorrectly – online.
Lately, in Science
2 February 2020
Coronavirus: travel restrictions now in place for New Zealand
The New Zealand Government announced entry restrictions for foreign nationals arriving from or transiting through mainland China.
Coronavirus update: drug trials and asymptomatic spread
The WHO declared 2019-nCoV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – a wrap-up of some of the latest news.
1 February 2020
The 2019-nCov coronavirus outbreak: all together now
Fast science, science communication and details matter.
Code for Life
A Public Health Emergency of International Concern – coronavirus update
A round-up on the week’s news and good resources for keeping track of information.
29 January 2020
The coronavirus outbreak: what is R0?
Among the misunderstandings about the coronavirus, people have been misinterpreting R0 – what does it mean?
Code for Life
27 January 2020
The coronavirus outbreak in China: what a difference a week makes
A week after she started fielding calls from journalists, Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles reflects on the ongoing outbreak.
23 January 2020
Snakeflu?! An intriguing source suggested for new Chinese coronavirus
A new paper suggested snakes as a possible reservoir host for 2019-nCoV, although those findings have since been criticised.
22 January 2020
2019-nCoV (the new coronavirus): Should we be concerned, and will there be a vaccine?
What do we know about the new coronavirus and how would a vaccine be developed.
The Chinese coronavirus outbreak: what are the options for vaccines and treatments?
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles responds to some common questions around Tamiflu and possible vaccine development.
21 January 2020
The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
The first of many posts on the subject: what do we know about 2019-nCoV?