Health & Medicine

Coronavirus: the antibody drugs few people have been discussing – until now

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Lara Marks, University of Cambridge Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have been working around the clock to find an effective treatment. The first drug to show promise is dexamethasone, a cheap, widely available steroid. A large clinical trial run by the University of Oxford showed that the drug cut the risk of death for COVID-19 patients on …

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How philosophy can help children cope with uncertain times

5D Media/Shutterstock Laura D’Olimpio, University of Birmingham The current pandemic has interrupted life as we know it. People – individuals and nations – have reacted differently to the shock. We have all had to try to make sense of the situation as restrictions were brought in to govern and modify our daily routines – restrictions which often required us to …

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Why it could be dangerous to exercise with a face mask on

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Daniel Carpio/Shutterstock Lindsay Bottoms, University of Hertfordshire The coronavirus began to affect sporting events as early as January 30, when the Chinese Football Association announced it was delaying the start of the football season. Two months later it was revealed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be postponed until the summer of 2021 – the first postponement in modern Olympic …

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One metre or two? The science behind social distancing

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eamesBot/Shutterstock Lena Ciric, UCL What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live. China, Denmark and France recommend social distancing of one metre; Australia, Germany and Italy recommend 1.5 metres, and the US recommends six feet, or 1.8 metres. The UK, meanwhile, is reconsidering its relatively large two-metre distancing …

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