Tag Archives: Covid-19

New coronavirus variant: here is what scientists know about B1525

Sharon Peacock, University of Cambridge A coronavirus variant called B1525 has become one of the most recent additions to the global variant watch list and has been included in the list of variants under investigation by Public Health England. Scientists are keeping a watchful eye on this variant because it has several mutations in the gene that makes the spike …

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Do genetic differences make some people more susceptible to COVID-19?

Do genetic differences make some people more susceptible to COVID-19? males_design/Shutterstock Vikki Rand, Teesside University and Maria O’Hanlon, Teesside University Coronavirus affects people differently – some infected develop life-threatening disease, while others remain asymptomatic. And a year aftere COVID-19 emerged, it’s still unclear why. To try and answer this question, researchers have started looking at the genetics of people who …

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Coronavirus vaccine scams – fraud experts give their top tips to help you stay safe

The NHS will never ask you to pay to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. My Agency/Shutterstock Gareth Norris, Aberystwyth University and Alexandra Brookes, Aberystwyth University Across the world, many of us are patiently waiting to be called for the COVID-19 vaccine. And where there is anticipation and hope, fraudsters are also finding ways to exploit people’s vulnerabilities. Many COVID-19 vaccine scams …

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Vaccine diplomacy: how some countries are using COVID to enhance their soft power

Michael Jennings, SOAS, University of London The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to various new, repurposed or newly popular terms. The newest entry to the pandemic lexicon might be “vaccine diplomacy”, with some countries using their jabs to strengthen regional ties and enhance their own power and global status. In early February, half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm …

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COVID-19 vaccination: What we can learn from the great polio vaccine heist of 1959

In a pandemic, vaccines are in very high demand, and this threatens their supply. (Shutterstock) Paula Larsson, University of Oxford We find ourselves at a precarious time in global health. Many people are anxiously awaiting their turn to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, yet roll-out is slow and disorganized, with many countries facing supply shortages. The conditions are ripe for …

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4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap

New strategies are needed to help people of color battle the COVID-19 virus. dmbaker via Getty Images Tamra Burns Loeb, University of California, Los Angeles and Dorothy Chin, University of California, Los Angeles The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the reality that health in the U.S. has glaring racial inequities. Since March, people of color have been more likely to get …

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Act like you’re carrying a dangerous coronavirus mutation – because you might be

Zania Stamataki, University of Birmingham South Africa has temporarily halted its rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine after a preliminary study (not yet released or reviewed by other scientists) found it provided limited protection against the South African coronavirus variant for mild and moderate cases of COVID-19. The variant, which has been found worldwide, has presented challenges for all the available …

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How to make COVID vaccines more effective: give people vitamin and mineral supplements

simplystocker/Shutterstock Margaret Rayman, University of Surrey and Philip C Calder, University of Southampton If we’re going to rely on COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, we need to maximise their effects. But one thing that risks undermining their protectiveness is nutritional deficiency, particularly in the elderly. Older people have weaker immune responses and are known to respond …

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How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Watching too much COVID-19 coverage can make your fear and worry even worse. seb_ra via Getty Images J. Brian Houston, University of Missouri-Columbia and Jennifer M. First, University of Tennessee Since the pandemic began, anxiety rates in the U.S. have tripled; the rate of depression has quadrupled. Now research is suggesting the media is part of the problem. Constantly watching …

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