Tag Archives: COVID19

Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through testing

SARS-CoV-2 (shown here in an electron microscopy image). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH The world is now in the grips of a historic pandemic. The death toll from the novel coronavirus has climbed to more than 117,000 in the United States and 448,000 around the world. …

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Health experts grappling with what happens if COVID-19 cases leap

Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer States are easing COVID-19 lockdowns, and many Americans are joyously leaping in with both feet, lowering their masks and their concerns about distancing as summer nears. But cases are continuing to rise in several states, and scientists expect a second wave in the fall. Based …

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Repurposing approved drugs for COVID-19 at an accelerated pace

by Lindsay Brownelllindsay Brownell, Hansjörg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Human organ chips recapitulate the base-level functions of human organs in small cartridges that simulate conditions inside the human body. Cells in the Lung Chip, shown here, have characteristic hair-like cilia on their surfaces that behave like they do …

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Q&A: Lessons learned from viral outbreaks in the age of COVID-19

Credit: CC0 Public Domain What did health professionals learn about dealing with viral outbreaks from the Ebola epidemic of 2018? Brayden Schindell (BSc/18) is a doctoral student in Dr. Jason Kindrachuk’s Laboratory of Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses, in medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. …

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COVID-19 related strokes, other neurological impact under study

Dr. Elizabeth Rutkowski. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University Traditional stroke treatments like clot-dissolving tPA and surgical removal of big clots in the brain are good choices as well when the stroke results from SARS-CoV-2 infection, investigators report. Excessive blood clotting and stroke—even in young, previously healthy people—are among …

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Monitoring COVID-19 from hospital to home: First wearable device continuously tracks key symptoms

Credit: Northwestern University The more we learn about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the more unknowns seem to arise. These ever-emerging mysteries highlight the desperate need for more data to help researchers and physicians better understand—and treat—the extremely contagious and deadly disease. Researchers at Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in …

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After COVID-19 recovery, first responders get back to work

by Stefanie Dazio, Michael R. Sisak and Jake Bleiberg In this April 23, 2020, photo FDNY paramedic Alex Tull, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, prepares to begin his shift outside EMS station 26, the “Tinhouse”, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) The new coronavirus doesn’t …

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After COVID-19: Anxious, wary first responders back on job

by Stefanie Dazio, Michael R. Sisak and Jake Bleiberg In this April 23, 2020, photo FDNY paramedic Alex Tull, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, prepares to begin his shift outside EMS station 26, the “Tinhouse”, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) The new coronavirus doesn’t …

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Two states ease lockdowns; US COVID-19 toll passes 50,000

Lonnie Sullivan covers his face with a mask while getting a haircut at The Barber Shop in Broken Arrow, Okla., on Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop was among several allowed to reopen in a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions. (Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP) Even as the confirmed U.S. death …

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Georgia eases lockdown; US COVID-19 toll passes 50,000

A customer wears personal protective equipment while riding an MTA bus as it operates without fees, Friday, April 24, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses reopened in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased …

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COVID-19 context clues: Social factors shape the curve

When an epidemic spreads around the world, social medicine can help predict who will get sick. This map from worldmapper.org scales the area of a landmass to reflect the proportion of all people killed by epidemics between 2001 and 2017 who died in a given country. It shows the outsized …

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