In one hour, surface coating inactivates virus that causes COVID-19

Door knobs, light switches, shopping carts. Fear runs rampant nowadays when it comes to touching common surfaces because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. A Virginia Tech professor has found a solution. Since mid-March, William Ducker, a chemical engineering professor, has developed a surface coating that when painted on common objects, inactivates SARS-CoV-2, the…

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Obesity and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for severe influenza, COVID-19

Washington, DC — July 15, 2020 — Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from viral infection, according to a review of the literature performed by a team of researchers from St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, both in Memphis. The research appears this week…

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Detailed study of immune responses in COVID-19 patients reveals distinct ‘immunotypes’

Expanding on observations made in smaller patient cohorts, researchers studying immune responses of 125 hospitalized COVID-19 patients identified distinct immune profiles — «Immunotypes» — and showed how these signatures correlated with disease severity. «By localizing patients on an immune topology map,» Divij Mathew and colleagues say, «we can begin to infer which types of therapeutic…

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Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington beginning on Wednesday. The move has alarmed health experts who fear the data will be politicized or withheld from the public. The new instructions were posted…

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The First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Shows Early Promise

An experimental coronavirus vaccine made by the biotech company Moderna provoked a promising immune response against the virus and appeared safe in the first 45 people who received it, researchers reported on Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Moderna’s vaccine, developed by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was…

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Abraham Vega, 48, ‘Peacemaking’ Texas Sheriff, Dies

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Abraham Vega and Rachel Curry had first met at high school football games in Tahoka, Texas, when she was covering them as a photographer for the school newspaper and he was doing the same for…

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