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.

12 March 2020

Wellington, we have a problem…
Now that the WHO has declared a pandemic, what next?

Sarb Johal
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
Guest Work

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?

Marcus Wilson
Physics Stop

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Marcus Wilson
Physics Stop

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.

Helen Petousis-Harris
Diplomatic Immunity

16 February 2020

Coronavirus update: spread outside China and a new name
A mid-month update on COVID-19.

Siouxsie Wiles
Infectious Thoughts

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.

Marcus Wilson
Physics Stop

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