Tag Archives: Covid-19

Probiotics regulate our immune system and could help fight off COVID – new research

Jasni/Shutterstock Paul Gill, UCL and Andrew Smith, UCL You’ve probably heard of probiotics – the “good bacteria” that can benefit our health. We consume them in an expanding variety of ways, often in foods marketed as being healthy. These bacteria can be contained in supplement capsules, yogurts, drinks or even snack bars. They work by helping prevent other, disease-causing bacteria …

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COVID: why some people with symptoms don’t get tested

Kleber Cordeiro/Shutterstock Mark Graham, King’s College London Testing people with COVID symptoms has been a pillar of the UK’s pandemic response, reducing transmission by identifying and isolating those with the virus. But to be effective, it relies on people with symptoms getting tested, which raises an obvious question: what proportion of symptomatic people actually take a test? The ZOE COVID …

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Covid-19 y la ética de las publicaciones científicas

Shutterstock / Trzykropy Juan Carlos Argüelles Ordóñez, Universidad de Murcia Los preceptos del método científico establecen que toda investigación rigurosa debe iniciarse con la formulación de una hipótesis, fundamentada en la información disponible sobre la materia en cuestión junto con los conocimientos y experiencia del investigador. A renglón seguido, dicha hipótesis necesita ser sustentada mediante observaciones precisas y la realización …

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¿Cómo podemos ayudar a la población infantil a superar la fatiga pandémica?

Shutterstock / Sergii Sobolevskyi Nines Ballesteros-Duperón, Universidad de Granada and Carlos Martínez Martínez, Universidad de Granada En los últimos meses hemos asistido a una situación sin precedentes en la historia reciente mundial. La crisis generada por el covid-19 ha puesto patas arriba la situación social conocida hasta ahora. Sus efectos están presentes en nuestro día a día. Desde el “mundo …

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Los costes ocultos que la gestión de la pandemia tiene para los niños

Shutterstock / Bazelyuk Evgeniya Iván Rodríguez Pascual, Universidad de Huelva En el momento de escribir estas líneas la sombra de una sexta ola de la covid-19 se cierne sobre gran parte de Europa. Junto a los debates relativos al alcance y efectividad de las vacunas conviven otros que parecen devolvernos a los momentos iniciales de la pandemia. Muchos de ellos …

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Omicron may reach millions before vaccines do – but that doesn’t mean race to vaccinate the world is over

Michael Head, University of Southampton The pandemic is accelerating. It’s estimated that there could be 3 billion new infections globally over the next three months thanks to the highly infectious omicron variant. Large outbreaks are ongoing across Europe and North America and cases are also rising in many other countries. Omicron has now reached most corners of the world – …

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COVID: why T cell vaccines could be the key to long-term immunity

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester With omicron having rapidly driven up COVID infections, attention is once again focusing on antibodies, and reasonably so. They play a critical role in fighting off viruses and are important for preventing the coronavirus infecting our cells. This is why some countries have mounted booster campaigns in response to recent COVID surges – …

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Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

VGstockstudio/Shutterstock Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Jose-Luis Jimenez, University of Colorado Boulder; Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder, and Zhe Peng, University of Colorado Boulder Two years into the pandemic, most of us are fed up. COVID case rates are higher than they’ve ever been and hospitalisation rates are once again rising rapidly in many countries. Against this bleak picture, …

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Piss off? Annoy? Shit on? Why Macron’s use of the French swear word ‘emmerder’ is so hard to translate

Pierre-Yves Modicom, Université Bordeaux Montaigne When French president Emmanuel Macron vowed to “emmerder” the unvaccinated in France, he did not just throw down the gauntlet on his Covid policies, he also sparked a fervent linguistic debate. The word emmerder is a verb derived from the noun merde, which in English literally translates to “shit”. But properly translating emmerder is far …

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