By Sarah-Jane O'Connor 04/02/2020


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.

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.

Grant Jacobs
Code for Life

3 February 2020

Coronavirus ‘infodemic’
The WHO has called the coronavirus outbreak an ‘infodemic’, with information spreading rapidly – and sometimes incorrectly – online.

Sarah-Jane O’Connor
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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

1 February 2020

The 2019-nCov coronavirus outbreak: all together now
Fast science, science communication and details matter.

Grant Jacobs
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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

29 January 2020

The coronavirus outbreak: what is R0?
Among the misunderstandings about the coronavirus, people have been misinterpreting R0 – what does it mean?

Grant Jacobs
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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Helen Petousis-Harris
Diplomatic Immunity

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

21 January 2020

The emerging coronavirus outbreak in China
The first of many posts on the subject: what do we know about 2019-nCoV?

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts