COVID19

Survivors of domestic violence at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19

Survivors of domestic violence at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Women with general practitioner (GP) recorded exposure to domestic abuse or violence were at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 during the first two waves of the pandemic in the UK, finds a new study led by the University of Birmingham. Public health policies put in place to prevent the spread …

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Innate immune response may predict COVID-19 severity

Innate immune response may predict COVID-19 severity

Figure 1. Disease severity-dependent neutrophilia and marked decrease of eosinophils and basophils in COVID-19. (A) Experimental and analytical workflow of the study performed on samples from moderate and severe COVID-19 patients and age-matched healthy controls. (B) Dot plots (Left) and alluvial diagram (Right) describing demographics and the clinical characteristics of the patients included in the …

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COVID-19 increases the chance of getting an autoimmune condition

COVID-19 increases the chance of getting an autoimmune condition

Emerging evidence suggests autoimmune conditions after COVID may also affect the heart. Credit: Shutterstock SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can sometimes cause the immune system to mistakenly attack the person’s own body. This process, known as “autoimmunity,” can damage a number of different organs. After COVID-19, a small number of patients have developed a …

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New web portal launched to help people address myths about Covid-19 vaccines

New web portal launched to help people address myths about Covid-19 vaccines

How do you have a constructive conversation with someone who doesn’t want to or is reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid-19? A new web portal has been launched in Sweden to help ordinary people address myths and misconceptions about the vaccines, using evidence-based advice and support. It is currently available in Swedish and English, with …

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Russia allows booster shots 6 months after vaccination

Flu shots and COVID-19

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months get a flu shot every season with rare exceptions. Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says getting vaccinated for the flu is safe. Billions of doses have been given for more than 80 years to prevent …

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Researchers examine public sentiment on social media platform regarding COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers examine public sentiment on social media platform regarding COVID-19 vaccine

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A data analysis of public sentiment about the COVID-19 vaccine from December 2020-May 2021 on one popular social media platform by a team of researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center found more positive than negative sentiment regarding the vaccine. The study led by Arash Shaban-Nejad, Ph.D., an associate …

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Children face racial disparities as COVID-19 infections rise

Credit: CC0 Public Domain COVID-19 is infecting more kids, and the racial disparities of who is falling ill is similar to those among adults, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows. The age group 19 and younger saw nearly 4.9 million COVID-19 infections, over 39,000 hospitalizations, and 725 deaths nationwide through the end of …

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Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts

Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts

A transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (UK B.1.1.7 variant), isolated from a patient sample and cultivated in cell culture. Credit: NIAID With global COVID cases declining and pandemic fatigue on the rise, many countries are easing restrictions put in place to block the spread of the virus. But it’s far too soon to …

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Study: Characterisation of the blood RNA host response underpinning severity in COVID-19 patients. Image Credit: Peddalanka Ramesh Babu/ Shutterstock

Differences in blood gene expression among patients with varying COVID-19 severity

Infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but the clinical manifestations are highly variable. While some individuals remain asymptomatic, others manifest mild flu-like symptoms and some contract a severe life-threatening disease requiring mechanical ventilation and intensive care. There have been several deaths reported due to COVID-19. Why …

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