Coronavirus nanoscience: the tiny technologies tackling a global pandemic

Nanotechnology has an impressive record against viruses.

Josh Davies, PhD Candidate in Chemistry, Cardiff University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus nanotechnology vaccines antibodies ppe nanomedicine medical-diagnosis diagnostic-test

A man was reinfected with coronavirus after recovery – what does this mean for immunity?

Reports describe a Hong Kong man who was reinfected with the coronavirus after returning from Europe. Does that mean he wasn't immune after the first infection?

Megan Culler Freeman, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  common-cold  antibodies  sars-cov-2  immunity  viruses  infection  t-cell  hong-kong

I'm a lung doctor testing the blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century-old idea that could be a fast track to treatment

In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

Jeffrey M. Sturek, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  infections  covid-19-therapy  convalescent-plasma

I'm a lung doctor testing the blood from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century old idea that could be a fast track to treatment

In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

Jeffrey M. Sturek, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  infections  covid-19-therapy  convalescent-plasma

9 reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available in 2021

As grim as things are with the pandemic raging in the US and the mounting death toll, there are many reasons to be optimistic there will be a vaccine by early next year.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  vaccines  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  ace2  monoclonal-antibodies  spike-protein

Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus

Researchers can't agree on topics such face mask, immunity and number of infections. Here's why.

Manal Mohammed, Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 antibodies immunity herd-immunity coronavirus-2020 face-masks

Coronavirus: could it be burning out after 20% of a population is infected?

There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.

Joacim Rocklöv, Professor of Epidemiology, Umeå University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 immune-system immune-cells antibodies herd-immunity coronavirus-2020 sweden genetic-epidemiology

Lab-made antibody might block coronavirus infection

A new synthetic antibody may prevent the coronavirus from causing infection by blocking attachment to a key enzyme. It shows promise in a study with mice.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 antibodies viruses drug-development infections health-and-medicine

Nerve-blocking antibody relieves chronic low back pain

New research indicates tanezumab could offer relief for chronic lower back pain.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: antibodies opioids health-and-medicine medications chronic-pain

Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects

Antibodies that recognize and block SARS-CoV-2 infection have the potential to be powerful weapons. An infectious disease expert explains what antibodies are and how they could be used as a therapy.

Dimiter Stanchev Dimitrov, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Antibody Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic antibodies sars-cov-2 monoclonal-antibodies

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