COVID-19 opinion and commentary

University academics across many disciplines are talking to the media and writing insightful articles about COVID-19. We’ve pulled some of these together here and will keep this page updated.

29 March

Professor Shaun Hendy talks to 1 News

'Anticipate international travel restrictions for quite some time', Covid-19 modelling expert warns
Don't expect international travel restrictions to lift anytime soon, warns Professor Shaun Hendy who's is leading a team modelling the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.
Watch on TVNZ

Coronavirus: Can you catch it twice?
University of Auckland's Helen Petousis-Harris, John Taylor and Nikki Moreland talk to Newshub
Read on Newshub

28 March

Survival of the fittest and other cruel logic
Opinion: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson's response to coronavirus has revealed some disturbing attitudes towards segments of the population, writes Neal Curtis.
Read on the University website

27 March

Don’t let hope be a casualty of the virus
Imagining our lives will get better again is part of the healing process as a nation, writes the University of Auckland's Peter O'Connor.
Read on Newsroom

26 March

Illustration by Toby Morris, The Spinoff

Covid-19: The maths that explains why we're locking down
Want to avoid Covid-19? Skip the high dose vitamin C, and take a moment to learn about the statistical modelling that helps us understand how diseases spread. Shaun Hendy explains.
Read on The Spinoff

Covid-19 coronavirus: How scientists stop the virus explained
How can scientists hope to stop the monster threat that is Covid-19? One of New Zealand's most respected scientists - the University of Auckland's Professor Peter Shepherd, who has helped develop new drugs to treat diseases - talked to Herald science reporter Jamie Morton.
Read on the Herald

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: You’re waking up in lockdown New Zealand. Here’s how it works
Alert level four is go. Let’s talk bubbles. Siouxsie Wiles explains what it’s all about, with illustrations by Toby Morris.
Read on The Spinoff

25 March

New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown: The need for co-leadership with Māori
While the COVID-19 lockdown is needed, it will likely exacerbate major social and economic inequities, underlining the need for co-leadership with Māori, writes Dr Rhys Jones.
Read on the University website

Viruses vs Everyone
Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr Siouxsie Wiles, looks at the coronavirus up close. And from a long way away.
Read on The Spinoff

The first NZ Covid-19 cases: What do they show?
Professor Shaun Hendy comments on current available data on New Zealand's confirmed coronavirus cases.
Read on the Otage Daily Times website

Surviving lockdown with young children
Child development expert Annette Henderson has some tips for working parents to cope at home while caring for school-age children.
Read on the University website

24 March

Times of trial
Once again, New Zealanders are caught up in world events that will test our mettle. This time, the battles will be fought at home, writes Dame Anne Salmond.
Read on the Spinoff website

Coronavirus: WHO warns pandemic is accelerating
Professor Shaun Hendy comments on the latest warning from the World Health Organisation.
Read on the RNZ website

Siouxsie Wiles wants a word with your parents
Such is the importance of New Zealanders getting behind the requirement to self-isolate, Siouxsie Wiles has been offering to personally telephone the parents of people worried they’re not taking it seriously enough.
More on The Spinoff

Peter Gluckman: Beyond this acute phase
While we are in the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hard to think about the long term, but we must, writes Distinguished Professor Peter Gluckman.
Read on the University website

23 March

Early cases of community transmission detected - associate professor
Enough Covid-19 testing is happening in New Zealand to establish that early cases of community transmission are occurring, a University of Auckland lecturer Mark Thomas says.
Read article and listen to interview on the RNZ website

22 March

Race for a 'safe and effective' coronavirus vaccine underway, expert explains
The race to prepare and test a coronavirus vaccine is already well underway, but there are conflicting reports as to how long it could take.  Doctor Helen Petousis-Harris talks to TVNZ.
Read the article and watch the video on the TVNZ website

Coronavirus: Controls could cut Kiwi deaths from 60,000 to 10,000
Auckland University physics professor Shaun Hendy is one of several New Zealand scientists mining data from infected countries to model what a Covid-19 outbreak would look like in New Zealand.
Read the article on the Stuff website

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: What does 'level two' mean – and why does it matter?
The alert system signals the start of a new phase in NZ's battle against Covid-19.
Read article on The Spinoff website

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. Here’s what the experts think.
Read article on The Spinoff

20 March

Why equity for Māori must be prioritised during the COVID-19 response
Opinion: Māori have fared worst in every pandemic New Zealand has seen. Measures must be taken to ensure equity during the COVID-19 outbreak or history will repeat, writes public health physician and senior lecturer Dr Rhys Jones.
Read on the University website

Koi Tū, the virus and the future
The Covid-19-pandemic has brought into stark focus the interaction between science, experts, society, policymaking and politics, by Sir Peter Gluckmann
Read on the Centre for Informed Futures website

18 March

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 immediately and easily to help the fight against the virus.
Read on The Spinoff