Tag Archives: Coronavirus insights

Ronapreve: new COVID-19 treatment has just been authorised – here’s everything you need to know

Corona Borealis Studio/Shutterstock Lara Marks, University of Cambridge The UK medicines regulator has just approved a new COVID-19 treatment. Branded Ronapreve in the UK and REGEN-COV in the US, the drug was developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals with Roche. It first grabbed headlines in October 2020 when President Trump received it during his COVID-19 infection. Already licensed for emergency use in …

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COVID: long-lasting symptoms rarer in children than in adults – new research

Halfpoint/Shutterstock Robert Hughes, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Emma Duncan, King’s College London; Michael Absoud, King’s College London, and Sunil Bhopal, Newcastle University When COVID-19 arrived, it quickly became clear that older age was the biggest risk factor for developing severe disease. Indeed, there are few diseases for which age is so clearly the most important risk factor. …

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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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Long COVID: symptoms experienced during infection may predict lasting illness

Prostock-studio/Shutterstock Olalekan Lee Aiyegbusi, University of Birmingham and Shamil Haroon, University of Birmingham Earlier in the pandemic, it appeared that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experienced mild-to-moderate symptoms and generally recovered within two to three weeks, depending on the severity of their illness. However, as time has passed, it’s become clear that some people, regardless of the …

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Generation COVID: pregnancy, birth and postnatal life in the pandemic

Looking to the future: Charley and her baby daughter. James Clifford Kent, Author provided James Clifford Kent, Royal Holloway University of London and Sarah Lloyd-Fox, University of Cambridge What was it like to be pregnant, to give birth and to look after a baby in the middle of a pandemic? For this Insights article, photographer and researcher of visual cultures …

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Are COVID-19 vaccine passports fair?

Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth At the age of 18 I very excitedly packed my bags and headed off for what turned into two years working on a charity hospital ship off the coast of West Africa. Prior to going I was given a list of vaccinations I needed, including yellow fever, hepatitis B, MMR and tetanus/diphtheria. At the time …

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COVID-19 vaccine boosters: is a third dose really needed?

Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester The UK is enjoying real success with its COVID-19 vaccine coverage. Around 85% of adults (44.8 million people) have received one vaccine dose and 63% (33 million people) both doses, with around 160,000 doses a day still being administered. Vaccination with two doses helps prevent infection, and in those that do still get infected, lessens …

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COVID variants: could dangerous new ones evolve in pets and farm animals?

V. Belov/Shutterstock Sarah L Caddy, University of Cambridge People have been panicking about COVID-19 in animals since the very start of the pandemic. There’s now plenty of evidence that SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – can cross from humans into other animals. This is known as spillback. The virus is capable of infecting a range of species, from …

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