Science Archive

Scientists raise concerns about critical gaps in Covid-19 data

An epidemiologist in the government's advisory group says he's been asking for key data about border control, contact tracing and testing for weeks.

New modelling reveals the impact of lockdown, and the hopes for elimination

As NZ enters its third week of Covid-19 lockdown, a just-released set of modelling provides a flare of light at the end of the tunnel.

Covid-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, April 7

The state of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Zealand, as seen through a set of simple, interactive graphics.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?

Yes, put on a mask if you're heading into a supermarket or to access other essential services. There's just one very big 'but'.

Covid-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, April 6

The state of the Covid-19 crisis in New Zealand, in six simple charts.

Sorry Trump, there’s little evidence that hydroxychloroquine can treat Covid-19

Trump has hailed it as a 'game changer', but what we do actually know about the drug?

The next big thing in Covid-19 testing could be floating beneath you

Scientists want to search for evidence of the coronavirus in sewage.

Covid-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, April 3

The fifth in our new series of charts, graphics and data visualisations covering the Covid-19 epidemic within New Zealand.

Covid-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, April 2

The fourth in our new series of charts, graphics and data visualisations by Chris McDowall, covering the Covid-19 epidemic within New Zealand.

Australia begins testing possible Covid-19 vaccines

Pre-clinical trials will assess how effective and safe the potential vaccines are using an animal model before human testing.

Siouxsie Wiles: A simple thing you can do in seconds to help make NZ healthier

The more people take part, the better it will be at detecting potential clusters of Covid-19.

Covid-19: New Zealand cases mapped and charted, April 1

The third in our new series of charts, graphics and data-visualisations covering the Covid-19 epidemic within New Zealand

Covid-19: Every New Zealand case, mapped and charted, March 31

The second in our new series of charts, graphics and data-visualisations by Chris McDowall, covering the Covid-19 epidemic within New Zealand.

‘Clear warning of consequences’: Ministry of Health releases Covid-19 models

In the worst-case scenario modelled, almost 150,000 would be hospitalised and more than 35,000 die.

Covid-19: Every New Zealand case, mapped and charted

A brand new series of charts and graphics covering the Covid-19 epidemic within New Zealand.

Siouxsie Wiles: What is different about the new, fast Covid-19 blood tests?

Some countries are now using a serology test, which uses blood or serum samples to look for antibodies produced in response to the virus.

The face of the Covid-19 response: Who is Ashley Bloomfield?

A month ago few had heard of him. Now the country hangs on his every word.

Covid-19: The maths that explains why we’re locking down

The statistical modelling we're working on in NZ to help us understand how diseases spread.

Siouxsie Wiles: A reminder that Covid-19 still isn’t airborne

A widely-reported study revealed that Covid-19 can be made to be airborne. That doesn't mean you'll ever catch it that way.

Could existing drugs help combat Covid-19? NZ experts weigh in

An anti-malaria drug could be a possible treatment for Covid-19, alongside other existing medicines. The Science Media Centre rounded up experts to comment.

Siouxsie Wiles: How testing for Covid-19 works

How the process runs, why we're not testing everyone who feels ill, and something you can do online now to help the fight.

Covid-19: A note on airborne droplets, spreading without symptoms and alarming headlines

Siouxsie Wiles offers some context around a couple of new studies on the coronavirus.

Can new crops crack down on cow methane? Meet the scientists finding out

Can we significantly cut methane emissions without forcing farmers to significantly cut stock numbers? Alex Braae visited a research lab where they're racing to find out. 

How to get rid of Covid-19 from surfaces the right way

Things that lots of people touch are a playground for coronaviruses. Here's how to nuke 'em.