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Severe COVID-19 cases can be predicted by new test

Coronavirus variants can evade antibodies by spreading via supercells

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The antibodies we create after we’re infected with a virus or vaccinated against it can be very powerful. A virus typically spreads within our bodies by entering a cell and using it as a factory to create copies of itself, which then burst out and find new cells to infect. Our …

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These changes to your fingernails may show you've had coronavirus

These changes to your fingernails may show you’ve had coronavirus

by Vassilios Vassiliou, Nikhil Aggarwal and Subothini Sara Selvendran, The Conversation The main signs of COVID-19 are fever, a cough, fatigue and a loss of your sense of taste and smell. Signs of COVID-19 in the skin have been noted too. But there’s another part of the body where the virus appears to have an …

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Africa not ready for imminent third coronavirus wave: WHO

Africa not ready for imminent third coronavirus wave: WHO

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Hit by a fresh surge of infections and with vaccine deliveries at a near standstill, Africa is not ready to face a third wave of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday. “Many African hospitals and clinics are still far from ready to cope with a huge rise in …

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With recent surge, Uruguay battles to contain coronavirus

With recent surge, Uruguay battles to contain coronavirus

Healthcare workers push on a mobile stretcher a person suspected of having COVID-19, into the CASMU 2 Hospital, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, May 21, 2021. More than 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Uruguay since March. While the number may seem small for other countries, it is huge in this country of 3.5 million …

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Serbia to impose weekend curbs after virus surge

Palau records first coronavirus case but says no infection risk

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The remote Pacific nation of Palau reported its first confirmed coronavirus case Monday, but authorities said it was historical and posed no transmission risk. The tiny island state of 21,000 has so far managed to avoid COVID-19 after closing its borders early in the pandemic, despite the huge cost to its …

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Rise in UK coronavirus cases stoke concerns over 3rd wave

Rise in UK coronavirus cases stoke concerns over 3rd wave

A temporary coronavirus testing centre is set up in Bolton, England, one of the areas of the UK where the Covid variant first identified in India is spreading fastest, Tuesday May 25, 2021. The British government on Tuesday is facing accusations of introducing local lockdowns by stealth after it published new guidelines for eight areas …

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'Dog coronavirus found in humans' – why you shouldn't worry

‘Dog coronavirus found in humans’ – why you shouldn’t worry

Scientists have found a new canine coronavirus in a handful of people hospitalized with pneumonia. This may sound alarming, but once we unpack it, you will see that there’s no reason to lose any sleep. The discovery of the canine coronavirus in eight people at a hospital in Sarawak, Malaysia, was reported in Clinical Infectious …

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Versatile coronavirus antibody may be starting point for broader-acting vaccines

Versatile coronavirus antibody may be starting point for broader-acting vaccines

Creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 particles (not to scale). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, most people in the United States already had been sick with a coronavirus, albeit a far less dangerous one. That’s because at least four coronaviruses in the same general family as SARS-CoV-2 cause …

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Coronavirus outbreak risk from hotspots of bat presence and livestock

Coronavirus outbreak risk from hotspots of bat presence and livestock

Professor David Hayman is a leading expert in infectious dieases. Credit: Massey University Massey University professor of infectious disease ecology, Professor David Hayman, has been a part of a team that has identified areas of the world that are at risk for new SARS-related coronavirus outbreaks. Professor Hayman worked alongside academics from the Polytechnic University …

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Coronavirus testing made quick and easy

Coronavirus testing made quick and easy

KAUST scientists have combined state-of-the-art bioelectronic hardware, materials science engineering and synthetic biology protein design to simplify and accelerate coronavirus testing. Credit: KAUST; Xavier Pita A new rapid coronavirus test developed by KAUST scientists can deliver highly accurate results in less than 15 minutes. The diagnostic, which brings together electrochemical biosensors with engineered protein constructs, …

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