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The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. Why Are We Still Scrubbing Surfaces?

By |2020-11-26T15:54:08+00:00November 26th, 2020|

Scientists who initially warned about contaminated surfaces now say that the virus spreads primarily through inhaled droplets, and that there is little to no evidence that deep cleaning mitigates the threat indoors. HONG KONG — At Hong Kong’s deserted airport, cleaning crews constantly spray baggage trolleys, elevator buttons and check-in counters with antimicrobial solutions. In New [...]

What does one need to know about covid-19 and pregnancy?

By |2020-11-26T15:54:06+00:00November 26th, 2020|

Pregnancy and Coronavirus: 5 Facts You Need to Know If you’re pregnant and have concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on you and your baby, you’re not alone. One of our OBGYNs offers answers to common questions. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and routines in myriad ways. Whether it’s concerns about prenatal care, labor and [...]

CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel amid COVID surge

By |2020-11-26T15:54:04+00:00November 26th, 2020|

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its first press briefing since August, today urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving gatherings amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Also, the White House coronavirus task force at a briefing today encouraged Americans to double down on their efforts with vaccines now on the [...]

Coronavirus Immunity May Last Years, Possibly Even Decades, Study Suggests

By |2020-11-25T15:45:05+00:00November 25th, 2020|

TOPLINE Immunity to the novel coronavirus may last eight months or longer, according to a new study authored by respected scientists at leading labs, which found that individuals who recovered from the coronavirus developed “robust” levels of B cells and T cells (necessary for fighting off the virus) and “these cells may persist in the body for a very, very [...]

Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for greater than six months after infection

By |2020-11-25T15:44:58+00:00November 25th, 2020|

ABSTRACT Understanding immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 is critical for improving diagnostics and vaccines, and for assessing the likely future course of the pandemic. We analyzed multiple compartments of circulating immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in 185 COVID-19 cases, including 41 cases at ≥6 months post-infection. Spike IgG was relatively stable over 6+ months. Spike-specific memory B cells [...]

Implementation of a Pooled Surveillance Testing Program for Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections on a College Campus — Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, August 2–October 11, 2020

By |2020-11-25T15:44:58+00:00November 25th, 2020|

Summary What is already known about this topic? SARS-CoV-2 can rapidly spread through university settings. Pooling specimens can enable large-scale testing while minimizing needed resources. What is added by this report? In fall 2020, Duke University’s COVID-19 prevention strategy included risk reduction behaviors, frequent testing using pooled SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction testing, and contact tracing. Among 10,265 students who [...]

Chemists Discover Structure of Key SARS-CoV-2 Protein

By |2020-11-25T15:44:56+00:00November 25th, 2020|

Chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have identified the molecular structure of a protein found in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The protein, called the envelope protein E, forms a cation-selective channel and plays a key role in the virus’s ability to replicate itself and stimulate the host cell’s inflammation response.     CC0 [...]