The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

After bushwhacking to reach the site, Peterson was dismayed by what she saw: two trees, seemingly in the throes of a disease called sudden oak death.

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

“It is a little bit confusing that the public is told at one point that the vaccine is effective enough that they can pretty much ditch their mask anywhere, and now, this is clearly a different recommendation because of the very high transmissibility of the Delta variant,” Dan Diekema, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, says.

Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?

Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?

That led a pair of researchers to publish a new perspective piece in the journal Science today calling for a multidisciplinary push to better characterize these microbes and determine how they might be making wildfire smoke even worse for human lungs.

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Researchers at Oxford also told reporters Monday that testing showed the vaccinated group in the UK had fewer asymptomatic infections, which means they'd be less likely to unwittingly spread the disease themselves.

It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

Berman was aware of the practical issues raised by putting books in purgatory for so long, but she had a broader concern: that all this research was encouraging an undue fixation, or even a fear, of the objects librarians are meant to joyfully share with the public.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

In fact, Covid-19’s incubation period probably means that the president and his wife could have been infectious at the Cleveland debate with Biden.

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

However, according to John Naslund, who studies digital mental health at Harvard Medical School, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in online activity.It’s interesting that they’re not considered essential.” In his research into online groups dedicated to mental health issues, he’s found such communities to be incredibly helpful for some people’s wellbeing.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

“One of the reasons that some low-income countries have had relatively lower cases is because they followed the advice better,” says Banerjee.

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

This means that the herd immunity threshold will also be higher than 60 percent in some places and lower in others.“I think the range of R0 consistent with data for Covid-19 is larger than most people give credit to,” said Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, who has been advising health officials in Massachusetts and abroad.

Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass

Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass

By taking local infection dynamics into account, the roller derby guidelines could end up serving as a template for how other leagues—including those for recreational, youth, and high school sports—could safely come back.“The plan came out of the need to create something that just didn’t exist,” says Erica Vanstone, the executive director of the WFTDA, which oversees more than 450 roller derby leagues across the globe.

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

The drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump and his allies as a treatment and preventative for the pandemic disease Covid-19, does not keep people from getting sick.

Rigorous Hand-Washing Will Be Part of Covid-19's New Normal

Rigorous Hand-Washing Will Be Part of Covid-19's New Normal

That’s despite knowing that somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of the infections that occur in health care settings in the US each year could be prevented if hand hygiene was followed more faithfully.

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Scientists still have much to learn about Covid-19, but, says Jessica McCarty, a geographer and fire scientist at Miami University, “We know that there's linkages between people who live in highly-polluted areas and their likelihood of getting any type of respiratory illness, as well as viral infections.” Smog from cars, for instance, remains a major threat to human health.

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

Many of the cases have evoked a rare, but treatable, ailment called Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory illness that affects young children.Still, Burns says the cluster of cases is unusual—unprecedented, even, in her 30 years studying Kawasaki disease and other immune conditions in kids.

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

Like thousands of blood centers across the country, Bloodworks needed to collect something new: plasma from Covid-19 survivors .How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?At Bloodworks Northwest, Haley says it was an easy decision to start collecting convalescent plasma.

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, is studded with spikes, which allow it to attach itself to a human cell, poke a hole, and burrow inside.

Here’s How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

Here’s How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

But when it comes to SARS-CoV-2, “because this is such a new infection, we’re not sure how long those antibodies hang around for,” says Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

Since early March, Sinnott-Armstrong has been making the rounds of the Bay Area’s wastewater treatment plants, collecting samples that may offer clues to Covid-19’s spread around the region.

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

“This is not black and white,” says Ben Lopman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease?

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

According to early research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at more than 1,000 Wuhan residents who contracted the coronavirus, it’s not just older adults that are susceptible to severe illness; people with chronic health conditions are also at a higher risk.

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

Anything that's soft and that won't scratch your phone will do, though Apple specifically recommends a camera lens cloth, if you want to follow its advice.Google says it's OK to use cleaning wipes on Pixel handsets, but use them sparingly, well away from the ports and buttons.

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

Almost thirty years ago, Philip Strong, the founder of the sociological study of epidemic infectious diseases, observed that any new infection prompted three epidemics: of fear, then moralization, then action.Whenever new infections emerged, the first response was invariably fear that they’d become an existential threat to humanity.

Room to Breathe: My Quest to Clean Up My Home's Filthy Air

Room to Breathe: My Quest to Clean Up My Home's Filthy Air

That red light was a warning: I had Poor Air. The Airthinx uses nine built-in sensors to measure key air quality indicators.I opened the Airthinx app to see that my Indoor Air Quality score was 72 out of 100.

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

He would be eligible to participate in the first-ever clinical trial to assess the safety of trying to cure both the cancer and the infection in a single procedure using the gene-editing tool called Crispr .In July of 2017, doctors in Beijing blasted the patient with chemicals and radiation to wipe out his bone marrow, making space for millions of stem cells they then pumped into his body through an IV.

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

C. auris has been diagnosed in patients in more than 30 countries on six continents, and when investigators talk about it, they use ominous phrases such as “pandemic potential.” (At an international conference last year, the head of fungal studies at the CDC described the super-yeast as “more infectious than Ebola.”).

The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

The current Ebola epidemic could be beyond control, he said, and may—for the first time since the deadly virus was first identified in 1976—become persistently entrenched in the population.The 329 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola infection reported so far have made it the largest outbreak in the nation’s history, with no signs yet of slowing down.