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More contagious UK variant of COVID-19 found in 12 states

Health officials in 12 states have now confirmed the presence of the more contagious B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 in their states.

Casting a light: Coronavirus transmission and natural UV light

New research, centered upon seasonal variations, finds that natural variations in ultraviolet radiation can influence the ease of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and rates of COVID-19.

USDA confirms first known case of coronavirus in a wild animal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday that it confirmed the first known case of the coronavirus in a wild animal, a mink. The case was found during routine surveillance of the wildlife around infected farms in Utah.

Mechanism for SARS-CoV-2 virus damaging human lung cells

Scientists have identified how the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel coronavirus) hijacks and proceeds to rapidly cause damage to the cells that line human lungs.

First major study of coronavirus risk on aircraft flights

What are the risks associated with flying when at least one person is carrying the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus? How vulnerable are other passengers? A new study assesses the evidence.

Inherited Neanderthal genes a major risk factor in COVID-19

Since first appearing in late 2019, COVID-19 has had a range of impacts on those it infects. Some people become severely ill with COVID-19, and require hospitalization, while others may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

Three-step strategy to reduce coronavirus infection risk indoors

In an attempt to wrestle with the 'new normal', workplaces and schools are attempting to re-open. many will have plans in place to address coronavirus risks. Syracuse University researchers propose a new three-step plan.

Engineered llama antibodies neutralize COVID-19 virus

London - Antibodies taken from llamas have been shown to neutralize the new coronavirus, and could possibly be developed as a treatment for patients with severe Covid-19, UK researchers announced on Monday.

Stability of coronavirus in human excreta

One of the less widely explored areas in relation to the novel coronavirus is with the survival of viral RNA in human urine and feces. A new study shows that the virus is recoverable several days later.

Op-Ed: How long will the lockdown last for? It's all about data

London - How long will the lockdown last for and why can't governments say exactly when? The answer can only be given based on good data and here the work of epidemiologists matters, as the fourth in the series of coronavirus opinion led articles explains.

Essential Science: Why some medications make COVID-19 worse

A new review of certain prescribed medications indicates that some drugs may make COVID-19 symptoms worse, especially in relation to the lungs. We also look at some other findings of interest in relation to the virus.

The path towards the coronavirus vaccine

Researchers based at the University of Oxford indicate they have identified a potential vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The scientists are working towards the first clinical trials. This and four other coronavirus developments are summarized.

Essential Science: Coronavirus was not genetically engineered

Time to take those conspiracy theories and put them into a box labeled ‘fake moon landings’. The novel coronavirus sweeping the world was not genetically engineered and it is of natural origin, as new research shows.

Effective strategies for killing coronavirus on surfaces

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has the ability to survive on surfaces for long periods of time. This varies with the type of surfaces and the number of viral particles. Different disinfectants will kill the virus, as we find out.

Coronavirus update: Round up of positive news stories

The general preoccupation of the media is with the more concerning aspects of the coronavirus pandemic (such as the mounting death count). While this needs reporting, there are positive developments as well. Digital Journal provides an overview.

FDA fast-tracks novel coronavirus test to speed up diagnosis

As the cases of the novel coronavirus spread, researchers are developing new tests designed to speed up detection of the virus. Developments include the use of synthetic RNA and a new rapid test for nucleic acid.

Essential Science: First treatment option for COVID-19 developed

The novel coronavirus that causes the infection COVID-19 has been hard to ignore, dominating headlines. With the question ‘how close are researchers to developing a treatment?’, one drug appears promising for blocking viral entry into cells.
 

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