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UK scientists begin study of how long Covid can survive in the air

It is the question scientists around the world are trying to answer: how long can the coronavirus survive in the tiny aerosol particles we exhale? In a high-security lab near Bristol, entered through a series of airlock doors, scientists may be weeks from finding out. On Monday, they will start launching tiny droplets of live [...]

By |2020-09-26T13:41:57+00:00September 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Glycans in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein play active role in infection

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are working overtime to develop vaccines and therapies to thwart SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease Many efforts focus on the coronavirus spike protein, which binds the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) on human cells to allow viral entry. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have uncovered [...]

By |2020-09-25T15:35:18+00:00September 25th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Coronavirus: found to be heat tolerant, self-healing and very resilient in lab tests

A research team in Hungary pinched the coronavirus with a fine needle to measure how much force it could take before popping like a balloon. It did not. The native virion of Sars-CoV-2 – a complete virus particle – was only about 80 nanometres wide, and the needle tip was much smaller than that. The [...]

By |2020-09-19T11:25:26+00:00September 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Headaches and delirium: coronavirus can invade brain, study says

Headaches, confusion and delirium experienced by some Covid-19 patients could be the result of the coronavirus directly invading the brain, according to a study published Wednesday. The research is still preliminary – but offers several new lines of evidence to support what was previously a largely untested theory. According to the paper, which was led [...]

By |2020-09-19T10:56:44+00:00September 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Coronavirus Pandemic: Guidance for Better Mental Health

By Boris M | Published in Coronavirus During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. That’s because coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing. Government legislation, mass media coverage, and the increasing global death toll [...]

By |2020-09-17T14:54:20+00:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The coronavirus is mutating — does it matter?

When COVID-19 spread around the globe this year, David Montefiori wondered how the deadly virus behind the pandemic might be changing as it passed from person to person. Montefiori is a virologist who has spent much of his career studying how chance mutations in HIV help it to evade the immune system. The same thing [...]

By |2020-09-12T08:09:36+00:00September 12th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Expert: Bad reaction to Oxford COVID-19 vaccine likely ‘life-threatening’

A serious illness suffered by an Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trial participant was most likely “life-threatening”, a bioethics researcher says. But that doesn’t mean the clinical trials will be scrapped. AstraZeneca and Oxford University have suspended the late-stage study after a participant in Britain experienced what has been called a serious adverse reaction. Dr Xavier Symons, [...]

By |2020-09-09T13:21:52+00:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

COVID-19: Who should get a vaccine first?

There are currently a number of potential coronavirus vaccines being researched. But once a successful one has been developed, it is likely to be in short supply. So how do we decide who to allocate the vaccines to, and how to distribute them across countries? A team of global health experts have proposed a new, three-phase [...]

By |2020-09-05T16:07:54+00:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Two types of steroid found to save lives of some Covid-19 patients

Analysis of seven trials finds dexamethasone and hydrocortisone should be given in severe cases. Studies around the world have confirmed that steroids can save lives in the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to new recommendations from the World Heath Organization that doctors should give them to severely ill patients. In June, the Recovery trial run in [...]

By |2020-09-02T15:00:38+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid vaccine rush could make pandemic worse, say scientists

Experts say strong evidence of efficacy needed to avoid approval of inferior vaccines. The rush to immunise populations against Covid-19 could lead to the rollout of a vaccine that is not very effective and risk worsening the pandemic, leading scientists have said. Politicians and commercial companies are competing to be the first to license [...]

By |2020-08-31T18:16:44+00:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments