COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to virus

Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses and bacteria. Q. Why is […]

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Clues to COVID-19 coronavirus’s vulnerability emerge from an antibody against SARS

An antibody recovered from a survivor of the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s has revealed a potential vulnerability of the new coronavirus at the root of COVID-19, according to a study from scientists at Scripps Research. The study, published today in Science, is the first to map a human antibody’s interaction with the new coronavirus at near-atomic-scale resolution. Although […]

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Toddler with rare genetic condition waves to dad through a window every day

Emmie Gizatullin, who’s just two and a half years old, was born with a one in a million genetic condition called Kniest Dysplasia, the rarest form of dwarfism that affects fewer than 150 people worldwide. The toddler, from Colchester, Essex, went into total isolation with her mum Hannah, 40, and her brother Adam, 11, earlier this week to stay safe […]

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Why the US might ask people to wear face masks to fight coronavirus

After months of telling the public not to use face masks, the United States is looking into revising its recommendations, following the example set by some Asian countries that have been more successful in fighting the coronavirus. The reason? Many people without symptoms are contagious without knowing it—and the thin barrier provided by a simple surgical mask, or even a […]

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Research: Lockdowns need to last more than six weeks to contain COVID-19

People around the world are wondering how long COVID-restrictions have to last in order to curtail the pandemic. A research study on 36 countries and 50 U.S. states has found that aggressive intervention to contain COVID-19 must be maintained for at least 44 days. The study is co-authored by Professor Gerard Tellis of USC Marshall School of Business, Professor Ashish […]

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White House turns to statistical models for coronavirus forecast – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration’s own projections Tuesday at the daily briefing. High numbers of potential deaths estimated under different models have […]

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Scientists modify CAR-T cells to target multiple sites on leukemia cells

In a new pre-clinical study published this week in the journal Leukemia, the research team of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Hisham Abdel-Azim, MD, MS, worked with colleagues to engineer T-cells to identify and target multiple sites on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells instead of just one. The early collaboration points the way to future clinical trials to test the therapy. […]

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39 Coloradans set to return from Grand Princess cruise ship following coronavirus quarantine

Thirty-nine Coloradans are returning home Friday after being held in federal quarantine following a cruise in which 20 people aboard the ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The 39 passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship have been under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services quarantine since their ship docked in California on March 9. They were set […]

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