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Tag Archives: Covid-19

Time to add some sunshine (vitamin D) to milk and bread

Krakenimages/Shutterstock Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford Free vitamin D supplements will be sent to over two million clinically vulnerable people in England this winter. Over 80% of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are vitamin D deficient compared with the general population. In a small study, a high dose of vitamin D appeared to reduce the severity of COVID-19. While some scientists …

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How elite sportswomen have suffered more than men during the pandemic

Ali Bowes, Nottingham Trent University Following an “invisible summer” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, elite women’s sport is finally returning – long after men resumed playing. Earlier this month, the women’s 15s rugby union competition for 2020-2021 kicked off, after the 2019-2020 season was cancelled in March. The new season features adapted rules to avoid the transmission of coronavirus. This …

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COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. (Pixabay) Ronald Labonte, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa and Mira Johri, Université de Montréal Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related …

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COVID-19 vaccines are coming – how will we know they work and are safe?

Adam Kleczkowski, University of Strathclyde Pfizer and BioNTech have just released interim results of their COVID-19 vaccine trial. Although it is not the only vaccine in the late stages of testing, the large size and careful design of the trial, not to mention the promising results, have caused understandable enthusiasm around the world. As we get nearer the long-awaited start …

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Domestic abuse and mental ill-health: twin shadow pandemics stalk the second wave

MIA Studio/Shutterstock Michaela Rogers, University of Sheffield and Parveen Azam Ali, University of Sheffield The coronavirus crisis has been stalked by two shadow pandemics – one of domestic abuse and one of mental health. Since the first outbreak of the virus, numerous reports have highlighted a marked increase in forms of domestic violence and abuse, especially intimate partner violence and …

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Pfizer COVID vaccine: promising results – here’s what needs to happen next

hedgehog94/Shutterstock Anne Moore, University College Cork Preliminary data from the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial suggests it provides 90% efficacy at preventing the disease. At the very least, this news will result in a large sigh of relief across the vaccine community. It signifies a breakthrough – it’s the first announcement that a vaccine can protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans. …

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Covid-19: Por qué la inmunidad de grupo es una pésima idea

Shutterstock / Lightspring Sara Lumbreras, Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Mario Castro Ponce, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Para detener la pandemia solo hace falta una cosa: que durante la ventana de tiempo en la que un infectado puede transmitir la enfermedad a otras personas, no lo haga. Sobre el papel, esta medida es sencilla; en el mundo real, es extremadamente compleja de …

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La vacuna de Pfizer promete, pero faltan datos y su distribución será un desafío

file x ov. niversity of Maryland School of Medicine/AP/AAP Harry Al-Wassiti, Monash University; Colin Pouton, Monash University y Kylie Quinn, RMIT University La empresa de biotecnología alemana BioNTech y la farmacéutica estadounidense Pfizer anunciaron el lunes los primeros resultados prometedores de su ensayo clínico de fase 3 para una vacuna contra el SARS-CoV-2, el virus que causa la covid-19. Estos …

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COVID stress syndrome: 5 ways the pandemic is affecting mental health

The network of interconnected mental health symptoms associated with COVID-19 is best understood as a multi-faceted syndrome. (Pixabay/Canva) Gordon J. G. Asmundson, University of Regina In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health. Numerous recent studies have shown global increases in the prevalence and severity of …

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