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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Whether causing the common cold or COVID-19, coronaviruses deploy key enzymes to elude human immune response

The entire family of coronaviruses is equipped with multiple methods of evading the human immune system, and two new studies have taken a deep dive into how these viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, leverage highly specialized ...


The hunt is on for the telltale biomarker revealing precise degree of protection conferred by Moderna's mRNA vaccine

A new analysis is shedding light on antibody measurements that can help predict the protective capabilities of the Moderna mRNA vaccine for COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization Country Office in China on 31 December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

More information: WHO, CDC, global cases.

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Next steps in monitoring bat coronaviruses

Since the emergence of SARS in 2002, coronaviruses have been recognized as potential pandemic threats. This emergence highlights a need for evidence-based strategies to monitor bat coronaviruses. Daniel Becker, Ph.D., a researcher ...

Medical research

New vaccine concept against SARS-CoV-2 successfully tested

Researchers at the University of Basel have developed a new approach for a vaccine against COVID-19. This vaccine is based on a modified coronavirus that can enter body cells and trigger an effective immune response but cannot ...

Analytical Chemistry

'Lab-on-a-chip' can tell the difference between COVID and the flu

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, accurate testing remains a challenge, even more so as the virus has mutated over time, becoming more contagious with symptoms that are hard to tell apart from other illnesses. A new ...

Plants & Animals

Preventing pandemics by leaving bats undisturbed

As the COVID-19 pandemic slowly subsides, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) experts and colleagues from the Wildlife Conservation Society have partnered on a new analysis in The Lancet Planetary Health ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New algorithm sets parameters for waves of COVID-19

A method for defining different waves of COVID-19 to better understand the progression of the virus across the pandemic has been devised by a team of scientists at Cardiff University and the University of Oxford. They developed ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Evidence of 'pandemic brain' in college students

Decision-making capabilities of college students—including some graduating this spring—were likely negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.