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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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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: 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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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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Lecciones de la pandemia para transformar las ciudades

Álvaro Cuéllar Jaramillo, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya A la maltrecha salud del medioambiente provocada por la vertiginosa crisis climática y un sistema productivo, energético y de consumo enfermo, se suma la actual crisis sanitaria. En el modelo urbano mediterráneo, denso y compacto, estos problemas se acrecientan por la falta de espacio libre. Comparado con la ciudad jardín, muestra más dificultades …

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The Angolan dancers who helped South African anthem Jerusalema go global

Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba. Courtesy Adilson Maiza for Fenómenos do Semba Ananya Jahanara Kabir, King’s College London In February the Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba created the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge video that showed off their dance moves to the South African hit song Jerusalema. Their video is set in a backyard in Luanda, where they break into a …

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El dilema entre salud y economía por la covid-19, un debate estéril a la luz de la Ciencia y la Historia

Shutterstock / Lightspring Emilio Muñoz Ruiz, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC); Jesús Rey Rocha, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC), and Víctor Ladero, Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (IPLA – CSIC) El objetivo de este análisis no es ofrecer una historia del desarrollo del Homo sapiens en el planeta Tierra. Se sale de todos nuestros límites. …

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Covid-19: ¿cómo transformar las ciudades para que sean más habitables y sostenibles?

Telos Josué Prieto Prieto, Universidad de Salamanca; David Cerro Herreros, Universidad de Extremadura; Miguel Ángel Tapia Serrano, Universidad de Extremadura; Mikel Vaquero Solis, Universidad de Extremadura et Pedro Antonio Sánchez Miguel, Universidad de Extremadura El Observatorio de la Movilidad Metropolitana-OMM analizó la movilidad cotidiana y destacó que el uso de coche o moto es predominante (entorno al 60 %) seguido de …

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