Australia shows an increase in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, says study

A disturbing new study by researchers at the Australian National University details an increase in vaccine hesitancy among many Australians over the period of August 2020 to January 2021. This may have serious implications for the country’s ability to achieve universal immunization. Study: Change in vaccine willingness in Australia: August […]

Study profiles the nose to predict immune response during COVID-19

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), resides in mucous membranes, making it easy to detect viral load in the nasal cavities. An international group of researchers has characterized the immunological and diagnosis characteristics of patients who may have or are confirmed […]

A traditional Chinese medicine could help treat COVID‐19 symptoms

The novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible disease that has spread to over 191 countries and territories around the world. To date, 97.61 million cases have […]

Pooling Saliva for SARS-CoV-2 Testing

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has affected 188 countries across all continents, except Antarctica. The rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has meant that both healthcare facilities caring for those with COVID-19 and facilities working to test people for the virus have often become overwhelmed, and […]

SARS-CoV-2 antibody test helps select donor blood samples for therapeutic use

Researchers have developed and applied a robust, versatile antibody test to assist health authorities in managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a study published January 14 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Andrea Gamarnik of the Fundación Instituto Leloir-CONICET in Argentina, and colleagues. As of November […]

Jibon Kheya: Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon. As the floodwaters started receding, the Bidyanondo Foundation quickly decided to hire a tourist boat to provide basic health […]

HIV treatment has no benefit for hospitalised Covid-19 patients: Study

A combination of antiviral drugs usually used to treat HIV has no beneficial effect in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, a peer-reviewed study said on Monday, confirming the initial results of a large-scale randomised trial of the drug. British scientists running the RECOVERY trial at the University of Oxford in June […]