Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

COVID: WHO recommends two new treatments – here’s how they work

Sotromivab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to the coronavirus to stop it being infectious. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Filipa Henderson Sousa, Edinburgh Napier University Back in early 2020, if you got ill with COVID there were no proven treatments for doctors to give you – it was one of the main things that made this disease so scary. Fast forward to …

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Probiotics regulate our immune system and could help fight off COVID – new research

Jasni/Shutterstock Paul Gill, UCL and Andrew Smith, UCL You’ve probably heard of probiotics – the “good bacteria” that can benefit our health. We consume them in an expanding variety of ways, often in foods marketed as being healthy. These bacteria can be contained in supplement capsules, yogurts, drinks or even snack bars. They work by helping prevent other, disease-causing bacteria …

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COVID: why some people with symptoms don’t get tested

Kleber Cordeiro/Shutterstock Mark Graham, King’s College London Testing people with COVID symptoms has been a pillar of the UK’s pandemic response, reducing transmission by identifying and isolating those with the virus. But to be effective, it relies on people with symptoms getting tested, which raises an obvious question: what proportion of symptomatic people actually take a test? The ZOE COVID …

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Omicron may reach millions before vaccines do – but that doesn’t mean race to vaccinate the world is over

Michael Head, University of Southampton The pandemic is accelerating. It’s estimated that there could be 3 billion new infections globally over the next three months thanks to the highly infectious omicron variant. Large outbreaks are ongoing across Europe and North America and cases are also rising in many other countries. Omicron has now reached most corners of the world – …

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COVID: why T cell vaccines could be the key to long-term immunity

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester With omicron having rapidly driven up COVID infections, attention is once again focusing on antibodies, and reasonably so. They play a critical role in fighting off viruses and are important for preventing the coronavirus infecting our cells. This is why some countries have mounted booster campaigns in response to recent COVID surges – …

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COVID: why working from home leaves the lowest paid at more risk of infection

Taking orders. Shutterstock/PattyPhoto Helen Collins, Liverpool John Moores University; Patricia Jolliffe, Liverpool John Moores University, and Susan Helen Barry, Liverpool John Moores University The latest directive from the UK government that people should work from home has led to concerns about the impact on businesses in the run up to Christmas. But it is also likely to have a devastating …

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Omicron and COVID boosters: everything you need to know

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia The omicron variant of COVID is now spreading rapidly. Early reports suggest omicron causes less severe disease than other variants but it still poses a risk to the most vulnerable, with patients starting to arrive in hospitals. Omicron also appears to have some ability to get around existing immunity, whether from vaccination or infection. …

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Omicron might evade antibodies – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have immunity

Yurchanka Siarhei/Shutterstock Mick Bailey, University of Bristol and Nicholas John Timpson, University of Bristol With the highly mutated omicron variant spreading rapidly, people want to know if immunity from vaccination or a prior infection will be enough to protect them against getting infected or developing severe disease. If prior immunity does provide sufficient protection, then precautionary measures to slow omicron’s …

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