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Tag Archives: Covid-19

Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve to dodge the vaccine? Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment collection/Getty Images Andrew Read, Penn State and David Kennedy, Penn State The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked …

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Coronavirus treatments: keep your eye on anti-complement drugs – they look promising

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Bryan Paul Morgan, Cardiff University Although the vaccine cavalry is finally coming over the hill, the need for better drugs to treat those with COVID-19 remains. Many drugs are being tested in patients at different stages of the disease, but with a few notable exceptions, results so far have been disappointing. In patients with severe COVID-19, runaway inflammation …

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What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine

Y-shaped proteins called antibodies are vital for attacking and destroying the virus. Dr_Microbe/Getty Images Rodney E. Rohde, Texas State University When President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, one of the cutting-edge experimental therapies he received was a mixture of monoclonal antibodies. But now a vaccine may soon be available. So are other therapies necessary or valuable? And what exactly is …

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Virtual wards: caring for COVID-19 patients at home could save lives

Klimamarina/Shutterstock Cecilia Vindrola, UCL; Naomi Fulop, UCL, and Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford Do you own an oximeter? If so, do you know how and when to use it? It could save your life. COVID-19 has killed at least 60,000 people in the UK. Many who die have a sudden drop in their blood oxygen levels a day or two …

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Students are being forced to disclose sensitive information online. urbazon/Getty Images Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out …

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A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better

The computer model simulates how many COVID-19 cases could have been prevented in a particular county in the U.S. Leontura/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images Biplav Srivastava, University of South Carolina Dr. Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on …

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Why lockdowns don’t necessarily infringe on freedom

Annelien de Dijn, Utrecht University Europe is dealing with its “second wave” of COVID-19. And governments seem powerless to stem the tide. Dutch political leaders find it difficult to convince their citizens to wear face masks. A large majority of French voters think that Emmanuel Macron’s government has handled the pandemic badly. And Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, is facing …

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