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A replaceable, more efficient filter for N95 masks AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

ACS Nano 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c03976

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there’s been a worldwide shortage of face masks — particularly, the N95 ones worn by health care workers. Although these coverings provide the highest level of protection currently available, they have limitations. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Nano have developed a membrane that can be attached to a regular N95 mask and replaced when needed. …

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Oxford immunologist on coronavirus vaccine: our early results look highly promising

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Numstocker/Shutterstock Rebecca Ashfield, University of Oxford A vaccine against COVID-19 is urgently needed if we’re to stop the virus spreading and prevent potentially millions of further deaths. We’re now one step closer to that goal. Today, we published early results from our clinical trial of the vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (also known as AZD1222), designed by the University of Oxford and …

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My new life as a coronavirus tester – a scientist’s story

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RossHelen/Shutterstock Tobias Wauer, University of Cambridge It was March 2020, and my plans to start a new cancer research project in Boston were called off for the same reason everything else was grinding to a halt: coronavirus. Facing indeterminate months confined to my sofa, I signed up to a call for scientist volunteers circulated by the University of Cambridge. The …

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Education, the great forgotten of this pandemic

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La educación, la gran olvidada de esta pandemia Shutterstock / GaudiLab Jesús Rey Rocha, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC) y Emilio Muñoz Ruiz, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC) Son pocas las familias que no han sufrido los problemas experimentados por alumnos/as y profesores/as para sacar adelante el curso, afectados por la pandemia …

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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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Scientists around the world are already fighting the next pandemic

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Riccardo Mayer/Shutterstock.com David W Graham, Newcastle University and Peter Collignon, Australian National University If a two-year-old child living in poverty in India or Bangladesh gets sick with a common bacterial infection, there is more than a 50% chance an antibiotic treatment will fail. Somehow the child has acquired an antibiotic resistant infection – even to drugs to which they may …

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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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