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COVID: why you still need to wash your hands

Fidelma Fitzpatrick, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Hygiene was a significant part of the health measures to control the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic. But as evidence began to emerge of airborne spread, the focus switched to masks and, more recently, ventilation. Indeed, for some the focus has switched so sharply from surface transmission to airborne …

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Coronavirus: will immunity rapidly fade or last a lifetime?

Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin The COVID vaccines are working. Data from Israel and Scotland shows that they are protecting people and may also be decreasing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If it all holds up, people will be protected from severe disease, the amount of virus will progressively decrease, and we can truly plan for a way out …

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No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

A man fills out an online application during a job fair hosted by the city of Chicago in July 2012. The fair offered computer access to people who do not have internet access. Scott Olson/Getty Images Tamra Burns Loeb, University of California, Los Angeles; AJ Adkins-Jackson, Harvard University, and Arleen F. Brown, University of California, Los Angeles Racial and ethnic …

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COVID vaccine weekly: why AstraZeneca vaccine received WHO backing even as South Africa paused rollout

Rob Reddick, The Conversation As vaccine programmes gather pace worldwide, attention continues to focus on both viral mutations and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – sometimes simultaneously. South Africa has temporarily halted the vaccine’s rollout. This is because a preliminary study (yet to be released or reviewed by other scientists) suggests that the vaccine provides limited protection against mild to moderate cases …

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COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a ‘psychological vaccine’ to protect against fake news

Alexander Limbach/Shutterstock Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge and Jon Roozenbeek, University of Cambridge Anti-vaccination groups are projected to dominate social media in the next decade if left unchallenged. To counter their viral misinformation at a time when COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, our research team has produced a “psychological vaccine” that helps people detect and resist the …

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Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Shutterstock/dencg Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University A senior doctor in charge of the NHS anti-disinformation campaign has said that language and cultural barriers could be causing people from ethnic minorities to reject the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Harpreet Sood told the BBC it was “a big concern” and officials were working hard to reach different groups “to correct so much fake …

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Oxford scientists: how we developed our COVID-19 vaccine in record time

University of Oxford Tonia Thomas, University of Oxford and Rachel Colin-Jones, University of Oxford The pandemic is only a year old, but we already have multiple vaccines available to fight COVID-19 – including the vaccine developed by the team we’re part of at the University of Oxford. With our partner AstraZeneca, we have submitted both interim efficacy data and safety …

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Vaccines alone aren’t enough to eradicate a virus – lessons from history

Dryvax, smallpox vaccine with bifurcated needle. James Gathany Content Providers/CDC Public Health Image Library Caitjan Gainty, King’s College London and Agnes Arnold-Forster, University of Bristol Smallpox killed countless millions – 300 million people in the 20th century alone – before it was finally declared eradicated on May 8 1980. It was a momentous day, marking what the current director general …

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