Tag Archives: Covid-19

Coronavirus: the antibody drugs few people have been discussing – until now

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Lara Marks, University of Cambridge Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have been working around the clock to find an effective treatment. The first drug to show promise is dexamethasone, a cheap, widely available steroid. A large clinical trial run by the University of Oxford showed that the drug cut the risk of death for COVID-19 patients on …

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Why it could be dangerous to exercise with a face mask on

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Daniel Carpio/Shutterstock Lindsay Bottoms, University of Hertfordshire The coronavirus began to affect sporting events as early as January 30, when the Chinese Football Association announced it was delaying the start of the football season. Two months later it was revealed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would be postponed until the summer of 2021 – the first postponement in modern Olympic …

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One metre or two? The science behind social distancing

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eamesBot/Shutterstock Lena Ciric, UCL What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live. China, Denmark and France recommend social distancing of one metre; Australia, Germany and Italy recommend 1.5 metres, and the US recommends six feet, or 1.8 metres. The UK, meanwhile, is reconsidering its relatively large two-metre distancing …

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Coronavirus: wastewater can tell us where the next outbreak will be

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Daniel Jedzura/Shutterstock Davey Jones, Bangor University Fairly early in the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists discovered that the virus that causes the disease – SARS-CoV-2 – is shed in faeces. But unlike the virus found in mucus and spit, the bits of virus found in faecal matter are no longer infectious, having lost their protective outer layer. They are merely bits of …

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Cleaners enter the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where a coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 40 veterans. Getty/Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

8 ways veterans are particularly at risk from the coronavirus pandemic Cleaners enter the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where a coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 40 veterans. Getty/Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe Jamie Rowen, University of Massachusetts Amherst From the elderly who are facing deadly outbreaks in nursing homes to communities of color facing higher infection and death …

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