There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.
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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.
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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.
June 1, 2020 • ~6 min
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When interpreting COVID-19 antibody tests, caution is key. Here, experts explain the best way to use the tests and why false positives are so concerning.
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Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate
An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.
May 29, 2020 • ~9 min
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'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.
May 26, 2020 • ~7 min
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Nearly all people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies against the virus within six days of testing positive, new research indicates.
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The antibody S309, first identified in a blood sample from a recovered SARS patient, inhibits the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, researchers report.
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A new HIV vaccine shows promise in monkeys for longer-term protection. The work could also help in finding a coronavirus vaccine.
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