We need herd immunity against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines can negatively impact public confidence in immunisation uptake, a new UNSW Sydney study reveals. A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines. In 2020, a social media post claiming, “a new […]

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Herd immunity: When will we get there?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “herd immunity” was possibly something you only heard about during flu season or during reports of upticks in measles cases—if at all. But COVID-19 has brought that concept—when an infectious disease is less likely to spread because enough people have immunity either through exposure or vaccination—to the front of our minds. Now that we […]

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With a big if, EU hopes for ‘community immunity’ by June

Despite its flagging vaccination drive, the European Union said Tuesday it is still on target to reach what it calls “sufficient community immunity” by the end of June. The European Commission has said it wants to have vaccinated a minimum 70% of the entire adult population by the end of the summer. But it is counting on a strong second […]

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Long-Lasting Immunity Seems to Follow Serious COVID Cases

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 — After a serious case of COVID-19 you may have long-lasting immunity, a new study finds. The finding is reassuring to patients because the immune system makes antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the researchers said. “But there is a big knowledge gap in terms of how long these antibody responses last,” […]

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Immunity check at sporting events could ensure safety of those attending: report

Coronavirus pandemic forces doctors on the front lines to become inventors Doctors share new COVID-19 treatment methods, practices over social media, podcasts. When sports finally emerge from their slumber, one physician believes proof of coronavirus immunity can eventually be a way to ensure the safety of those who attend certain arenas. Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician at a hospital in […]

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UK trial will tell us if fighting off coronavirus gives you immunity

UK trial will tell us if fighting off coronavirus gives you immunity… and it could be the key to ending lockdown Some 20,000 antibody testing kits are being sent to homes across the country 5,000 tests have gone out and 15,000 more will be distributed in coming days World-renowned epidemiologist Professor Sir Rory Collins is leading the trial  Here’s how […]

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Undiplomatic immunity: Mutation causing arterial autoimmune disease revealed

Takayasu arteritis is a disease that mainly affects female Asians at a relatively young age. It involves chronic inflammation of the aorta, and potentially leads to fatal disruption of the structures through which blood flows from the heart. Although studies have suggested a genetic component to this disease, its mechanisms have remained opaque until now. A new study led by […]

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Immunity connects gut bacteria and aging

Over the years, researchers have learned that the different populations of bacteria that inhabit the gut have significant effects on body functions, including the immune system. The populations of gut bacteria are sometimes called “commensal,” and exist in virtually all animals living under a certain functional balance. When this balance is disrupted—for example, because of disease or medication—it gives rise […]

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Small populations of normal cells affect immunity in patients with XLP1

Human SH2D1A mutations resulting in X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome type 1 (XLP1) are associated with a unique susceptibility to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which may lead to fatal infectious mononucleosis (FIM). Many studies have attempted to elucidate an appropriate treatment for XLP1 that does not involve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); clinical evidence supporting such treatments has been minimal, until now. […]

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