The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Overall results showed 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose.
Art historian Geoffrey Shamos and Lauren Hartog, manager of the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery, asked 45 artists making masks to participate in a topical show.The Porcupine fish mask will keep people away. Oh, let's face it. Any one of these is likely to keep people away...
Shamos says choosing favourites is tough, but Trey Duvall ’s Incalculable Loss , made from hospital wristbands inscribed with names of those who have died from Covid complications “hits me every time ”, while Liz Sexton’s Porcupine Fish “makes visitors smile”.
A possible alternative to a vaccine, for people without functioning immune systems, is entering its final stage of trials.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The injection was developed using antibodies - made by the immune system to fight infection - produced by a single Covid patient in the US.
It is hoped it could provide at least six months' protection for patients who cannot receive vaccines.
Supermarkets are the most frequent common exposure setting for those catching COVID-19 in England, new data suggests.Just popping out. There's something I need to pick up from Tesco... 😁
Public Health England (PHE) collated the data using the NHS Test and Trace app.
Immunity to the novel coronavirus may last eight months or longer, according to a new study authored by respected scientists at leading labs, which found that individuals who recovered from the coronavirus developed “robust” levels of B cells and T cells (necessary for fighting off the virus) and “these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time.”#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, raising hopes that it can protect age groups most at risk from the virus.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Britain secures deal for vaccine that showed nearly 95% effectiveness in interim resultsModerna? Sounds like a font. Just make sure you get the all-caps italic bold version.
A vaccine against Covid-19 is in sight, with the announcement of the first interim results in large-scale trials showing the Pfizer/BioNTech candidate is 90% effective, according to the manufacturers.Good news, since so many of our front-line workers are from this group. However...
Their analysis shows a much better performance than most experts had hoped for.
People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds appear to have been as well-protected as everyone else, the company says.
There is an issue for low-income countries, however, because this is a vaccine that needs ultra-cold chain; it must be stored at -80C. The BioNTech chief executive, Uğur Şahin, has said his company is researching whether the vaccine might also be able to survive for up to five days at a normal fridge temperature of 4C.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
A nasal spray that blocks the absorption of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has completely protected ferrets it was tested on, according to a small study released on Thursday by an international team of scientists.Whatever happens to you, your ferret's going to be fine. 🙂
A 120-year-old drug is about to be put to the test as a possible treatment for covid-19. This week, researchers from the UK announced they would start including aspirin as one of the treatments studied in the ongoing RECOVERY trial—one of the largest and most influential clinical trials conducted during the pandemic. They hope that aspirin’s well-known anti-clotting properties can help seriously ill patients avoid death.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Covid-19 has increased anxiety for many of us, and experts warn a sizable minority could be left with mental health problems that outlast the pandemic.#psychology #psychiatry #psychotherapy #MentalHealth #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
A rapid coronavirus test at the heart of Boris Johnson’s mass-testing strategy missed more than 50% of positive cases in an Operation Moonshot pilot in Greater Manchester, the Guardian can reveal.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The 20-minute tests, on which the government has spent £323m for use with hospital and care home staff with no symptoms, identified only 46.7% of infections during a crucial trial in Manchester and Salford last month.
This means that many of those carrying Covid-19 were wrongly told they were free of the virus, potentially allowing them to infect others.
Denmark, the world’s largest mink producer, said on Wednesday that it plans to cull more than 15 million of the animals, due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.Excuse me, but doesn't the name of vaccine come from a vaccine that had the form of an innocuous but immunizing variant of a human virus that spontaneously infected farmed animals... and their carers?
The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some of the world’s leading scientists.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/29/protecting-nature-vital-pandemics-report-outbreaks-wild
The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade in wild species, which brought people into contact with the dangerous microbes, the experts said.
“The risk of pandemics is increasing rapidly, with more than five new diseases emerging in people every year, any one of which has the potential to become pandemic,” the report says.
“The same human activities that drive climate change and biodiversity loss also drive pandemic risk through their impacts on our environment.”
“We’re seeing pandemics every 20-30 years. ”
The report was produced by 22 experts in fields including zoology, public health, economics and law, and representing every continent. It cites more than 600 studies, a third of which were published since 2019. “It’s really state of the art in terms of its scientific basis,” said Anne Larigauderie, the executive secretary of Ipbes.
The area at the back of the nose where the body detects smells, called the olfactory epithelium, is “quite an easy part of the body for a virus to reach... It’s not buried away deep in our body, and the very high levels of ACE2 that we found there might explain why it’s so easy to catch Covid-19.”https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-key-to-treating-covid-19-could-all-be-in-the-nose_uk_5f3ba179c5b61100c3ac2fff
"... we may be able to tackle the infection with antiviral therapies delivered directly though the nose.”
[An]Australian biotech company... has been working on a nasal spray that could boost the immune system and help prevent Covid-19. Initial studies on ferrets have so far proven positive, showing the nasal spray, which is given weekly, can reduce replication of the virus by up to 96%.
The United Kingdom's various contact-tracing apps can now intercommunicate, allowing people to be matched from the different areas they cover.#technology #tech #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #TestTrackAndTrace
Those who already have one of the apps do not need to do anything to make the new system work.
England has begun its second nationwide lockdown, after parliament approved Boris Johnson’s coronavirus strategy despite dozens of his own MPs voting against it#photography #photojournalism #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
Time at a Standstill is a digital project that brings together the work of 42 photographers who explore the experience of el confinamiento in a country becalmed by coronavirus and isolation. The project can be viewed on the PHotoESPAÑA website#photography #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
Cellular (T-cell) immunity against the virus that causes Covid-19 is likely to be present within most adults six months after primary infection, with levels considerably higher in patients with symptoms, a study suggests.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
The data offers another piece of the puzzle that could be key to understanding whether previous Sars-CoV-2 infections – the virus behind Covid-19 – can prevent reinfection, and if so, for how long.
Two UK newspapers appear to have been briefed about a national lockdown from Wednesday. Press conference on Monday. The vacuum will mean two days of speculation. Why is the government doing it like this?#Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #politics
Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have been handed a 225-page dossier urging them to investigate Dominic Cummings for allegedly perverting the course of justice, in relation to a statement about his journeys to the north-east of England at the height of the pandemic.You can drive but you can't hide.
A study of more than 84,500 people backs prior indications that surviving the novel coronavirus may be associated with potentially serious cognitive deficits, Reuters reported on Tuesday. While the new study, which is based on an online survey, has some major limitations, other research has found that covid-19 can cause neurological issues even in people with mild cases.However:
Joanna Wardlaw, an applied neuroimaging professor at Edinburgh University, told Reuters: “The cognitive function of the participants was not known pre-COVID, and the results also do not reflect long-term recovery—so any effects on cognition may be short term.”#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Photographer Mattia Crocetti’s project COndiVIDendo 19 looks at people living together during the coronavirus crisis, a time when groups have had to isolate and form a variety of family and community units, in Italy and across the world#photography #PhotoEssay #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing
Levels of protective antibodies in people wane "quite rapidly" after coronavirus infection, say researchers.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Antibodies are a key part of our immune defences and stop the virus from getting inside the body's cells.
The Imperial College London team found the number of people testing positive for antibodies has fallen by 26% between June and September.
They say immunity appears to be fading and there is a risk of catching the virus multiple times.
Researchers tested a cancer drug called plitidepsin as a coronavirus therapy and discovered it can block the virus’s ability to replicate.https://bgr.com/2020/10/25/coronavirus-treatment-plitidepsin-cancer-drug-spain-trial/
The use of plitidepsin reduced viral loads after just seven days and improved blood test markers for inflammation.
Nearly 40% of a limited group of patients who received various doses of plitidepsin were discharged after just eight days in the hospital.
Scientists have warned that early adoption of a Covid vaccine with only moderate effectiveness could disrupt efforts to test and create improved versions. Immunising against the disease is not going to be a simple business of turning off the virus once the first vaccine appears, they say. In fact, there could be considerable confusion as researchers struggle to pinpoint the best versions for different vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
To efficiently infect human cells, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is able to use a receptor called Neuropilin-1, which is very abundant in many human tissues including the respiratory tract, blood vessels and neurons. The breakthrough discovery was made by a German-Finnish team of researchers led by neuroscientists Mika Simons, Technical University of Munich, Germany and virologist Giuseppe Balistreri, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
A new study has pinpointed a possible coronavirus treatment that could save people from severe COVID-19 complications and even death.#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that a common household drug, aspirin, when used in specific circumstances resulted in fewer hospital admissions as well as fewer coronavirus patients being admitted to the ICU or needing to be hooked up to a ventilator.
This news comes as the US keeps setting new records for daily coronavirus case numbers.