Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint

Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #la-jolla-calif, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Nasal Spray Prevents Covid Infection in Ferrets, Study Finds

Scientists at Columbia University have developed a treatment that blocks the virus in the nose and lungs, is inexpensive and needs no refrigeration.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ferrets, #microbiology, #proteins, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Why Students Can’t Get Laptops

A surge in worldwide demand for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another.

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Why Parents in This High-Performing School District Chose All-Remote Learning

In a heavily Asian-American district of Queens, two-thirds of families have chosen not to send their children back to school.

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The Race for a Super-Antibody Against the Coronavirus

A network of scientists is chasing the pandemic’s holy grail: an antibody that protects against not just the virus, but also related pathogens that may threaten humans.

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The Pandemic, from the Coronavirus’s Perspective

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

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The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far)

SARS-CoV-2 has been slowly changing in small ways, without getting more dangerous.

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.

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Yes, the Coronavirus Is in the Air

Transmission through aerosols matters — and probably a lot more than we’ve been able to prove yet.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #aerosols, #air-conditioning, #china, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #coughs, #cruises, #guangzhou-china, #hangzhou-china, #influenza, #japan, #lancet-respiratory-medicine-journal, #masks, #princess-cruises, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #skagit-county-wash, #university-of-hong-kong, #university-of-nebraska, #world-health-organization

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Can You Become Reinfected With Covid? It’s Very Unlikely, Experts Say

Reports of reinfection instead may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the coronavirus in other ways.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hotez-peter-j, #immune-system, #lipsitch-marc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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My Uncle Died of Covid-19 in America. In China, Would He Have Lived?

My father, a Chinese pulmonologist, believes his brother could have been saved.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #nanchang-china, #politics-and-government, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-general-hospital, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #taiwan, #united-states, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #wuhan-china

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China Uses W.H.O. Inquiry to Tout Coronavirus Response

The global health agency sent two experts to China, but it is unclear how much access they are getting. They must first complete a two-week quarantine.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #propaganda, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

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What Hong Kong’s Pandemic Experience Taught Uber About Other Cities

The city was among the first to close and among the first to reopen. But Uber’s lessons there could be difficult to duplicate elsewhere.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #khosrowshahi-dara, #masks, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #uber-technologies-inc

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What’s Really Behind the Gender Gap in Covid-19 Deaths?

When in doubt, look to social factors first, not biology.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #men-and-boys, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #women-and-girls

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Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market

DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone’s dinner plate.

#bats, #biorxiv, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olson-sarah-h, #rats, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vietnam, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

What do Covid-19, Ebola, Lyme and AIDS have in common? They jumped to humans from animals after we started destroying habitats and ruining ecosystems.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Stop the Coronavirus Superspreaders

In our study, 20 percent of Covid-19 cases accounted for 80 percent of transmissions.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #israel, #japan, #meat-packers-and-butchers, #mers-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome, #quarantines, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #saudi-arabia, #singapore, #superspreading

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Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months

Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.

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U.S. and Chinese Scientists Trace Evolution of Coronaviruses in Bats

Researchers whose canceled U.S. grant caused an outcry from other scientists urge preventive monitoring of viruses in southwestern China.

#bats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ebright-richard-h, #ecohealth-alliance, #laos, #myanmar, #national-institutes-of-health, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #southeast-asia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vietnam, #your-feed-science

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Virus Threatens Chinese Traditions of Chopsticks and Family-Style Meals

Faced with the spread of disease, the government is promoting using serving utensils, but resistance is strong. Sharing food with personal chopsticks is one way Chinese people express intimacy.

#chinese-food-cuisine, #chopsticks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #restaurants, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome

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China’s Hong Kong Policy Is Perverse. It Always Has Been.

The special governance system set up to protect the city’s freedoms was really only ever designed to stifle them.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #lu-xun-1881-1936, #national-anthems, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #tiananmen-square-beijing

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Treating Mild Coronavirus Cases Could Help Save Everyone

Acting before or very soon after an infection is the best way to handle most acute viral diseases. Why aren’t we focusing on that with Covid-19?

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The ‘New Normal’ of Pandemic Life Is the Old Normal for Hong Kong

In a city that is no stranger to outbreaks, life has a way of going on.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #masks, #quarantines, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome

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A Drug Cocktail Hastens Recovery in Some Coronavirus Patients

A combination of three antiviral drugs, including interferon, seemed to speed recovery, researchers reported.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hong-kong, #interferon-beta-drugs, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #university-of-hong-kong, #your-feed-science

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Can Rocky Mountain Laboratories Find a Coronavirus Cure?

A rural lab has a 120-year history of fighting mysterious diseases.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #montana, #rocky-mountain-spotted-fever, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #ticks-insects, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes

Antibodies from Winter, a 4-year-old llama with great eyelashes, have neutralized coronavirus and other infections in lab experiments.

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How Remdesivir, New Hope for Covid-19 Patients, Was Resurrected

The drug failed as a treatment for hepatitis and Ebola. With federal funding, scientists trained it on the coronavirus.

#colds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #gilead-sciences-inc, #hepatitis, #influenza, #national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases, #remdesivir-drug, #research, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #viruses

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For Runners, Is 15 Feet the New 6 Feet for Social Distancing?

When we walk briskly or run, air moves differently around us, increasing the space required to maintain a proper social distance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #exercise, #quarantines, #running, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #walking

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She Kept a Diary of China’s Coronavirus Epidemic. Now She Faces a Political Storm.

“If authors have any responsibilities in the face of disaster, the greatest of them is to bear witness.” Here are excerpts from the author Fang Fang’s controversial chronicle of life and death in Wuhan.

#communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diaries, #epidemics, #fang-fang, #politics-and-government, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #wuhan-china

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Who Is Immune to the Coronavirus?

About this question, too, decisions with great consequences are being made, as they must be, based on only glimmers of data.

#antibodies, #colds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #faroe-islands, #immune-system, #infections, #italy, #mers-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome, #population, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #south-korea, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed.

After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing.

#chinese-center-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome

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The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19

Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.

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The Best-Case Outcome for the Coronavirus, and the Worst

Will we endure 2.2 million deaths? Or will we manage to turn things around?

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #influenza, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #shortages, #tests-medical, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Outbreak Will Spread in City, Officials Warn

“Community spread is going to be real,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. “That is inevitable.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #tests-medical

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Stop Touching Your Face!

It’s a quirk of human nature that we touch our eyes, noses and mouths all day long. It’s also a major way we pick up infections like coronavirus.

#animal-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #doctors, #epidemics, #eyes-and-eyesight, #face, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medicine-and-health, #mouth, #nose, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #skin, #touch-sense

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Here Comes the Coronavirus Pandemic

Now, after many fire drills, the world may be facing a real fire.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #infections, #respiratory-diseases, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #swine-influenza

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They Recovered From the Coronavirus. Were They Infected Again?

In a few cases, patients again tested positive for the virus after they were no longer ill. But little is known about the virus, and it’s possible that testing flaws may be to blame.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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