SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication
The SARS-CoV-2 virus usually infects the body via the ACE2 protein. But there is another entry point that allows the virus to infect the nervous system and block pain perception.
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Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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Making coronavirus testing easy, accurate and fast is critical to ending the pandemic – the US response is falling far short
Ideally everyone could get tested frequently for the coronavirus. No state is close to achieving this, but some are doing better than others. What are the challenges in meeting demand for testing?
July 24, 2020 • ~9 min
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Modeling study offers fresh insights into stealthy nature of coronavirus and how easily it jumps from person to person.
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Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19
There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.
June 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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Masks help stop the spread of coronavirus – the science is simple and I'm one of 100 experts urging governors to require public mask-wearing
Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.
May 14, 2020 • ~10 min
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