Tag Archives: Covid-19

Long COVID in children: what parents and teachers need to know

Image Point Fr/Shutterstock Carolyn Chew-Graham, Keele University; Amali Lokugamage, UCL, and Frances Simpson, Coventry University As we learn more about COVID-19, the accepted narratives about it are constantly being challenged. Initially it was said that children aren’t seriously affected by the virus. But while acute infections in children do tend to be milder, there is emerging evidence that, like adults, …

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Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine’s rollercoaster ride continues, but latest results again suggest it is safe and effective

Michael Head, University of Southampton The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been quite the political football over the past few months, particularly in the EU. There have been concerns about its efficacy, its safety and its availability, which appear to have lowered trust. As one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines available, it’s vital that it is supported by the general public. The …

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Coronavirus is evolving but so are our antibodies

Antibodies (white) binding to a coronavirus (red and orange). Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Sarah L Caddy, University of Cambridge and Meng Wang, University of Cambridge The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make after being infected with or vaccinated against the dominant lineage, called D614G, protect us against future …

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COVID-19 and mental health: Feeling anguish is normal and is not a disorder

How we name our experiences and how we make sense of our distress matters. (Shutterstock) Marnie Wedlake, Western University As the pandemic rages on, people continue to talk about their emotional distress and a growing sense of despair. Some mental health researchers suggest the increased reports of depression and anxiety indicate a rise in mental disorders stemming from the coronavirus …

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Pollen can raise your risk of COVID-19 – and the season is getting longer thanks to climate change

Pollen can suppress how the body’s immune system responds to viruses. Callista Images via Getty Images Lewis Ziska, Columbia University Exposure to pollen can make you more susceptible to COVID-19, and it isn’t just a problem for people with allergies, new research released March 9 shows. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska, a co-author of the new peer-reviewed study and other recent …

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Data suggest no increased risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine. Australia shouldn’t pause its rollout

Nigel William Crawford, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Hazel Clothier, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Jim Buttery, The University of Melbourne Germany, France, Spain and all of Italy also paused their AstraZeneca rollouts, shortly after this article was published. Ireland and the Netherlands have temporarily paused their rollouts of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, due to concerns about blood clots. The move …

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