Phone device flags COVID-19 in less than an hour

A new diagnostic tool that plugs into a phone can test for COVID-19 in 55 minutes or less, researchers report. It can be done almost anywhere, too.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~5 min

Survey: COVID-19 vaccine acceptance has fallen worldwide

In several countries, including the US, the number of people who say they'll get a COVID-19 vaccine is falling short of the number needed for herd immunity.

Stephanie Desmon-JHU • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Can vaccinated people still spread the coronavirus?

You've been vaccinated; can you now safely see your friends and family? New research hints that vaccinated people may be less likely to transmit the coronavirus, but they are not 100% in the clear.

Deborah Fuller, Professor of Microbiology, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~9 min

Single dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine reduces asymptomatic infections and potential for SARS-CoV-2 transmission

New data from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge suggests that a single dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine can reduce by four-fold the number of asymptomatic

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 26, 2021 ~4 min

Vaccines should end the pandemic, despite the variants, say experts

Can the current crop of vaccines get us to herd immunity even if variants become widespread? A Harvard immunologist says yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Young adults are least concerned about COVID-19 risks

Young adults report the least amount of concern about COVID-19. That suggests communicating risks to them would offer the biggest boost in virus reduction.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in a few important ways that could make it a huge help to global vaccination efforts.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

COVID stress boosts kids’ anxiety, overeating

Stress is increasing anxiety, depression, and overeating in children during the pandemic. Here's what parents can do to help them.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Cambridge institute publishes ethical framework for asymptomatic COVID-19 student testing in HE institutions

The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute has today published an ethical framework for higher education institutions considering running asymptomatic

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 25, 2021 ~3 min