COVID-19 patients get needless antibiotics, data suggests

More than half of patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in Michigan during peak months got antibiotics. Later tests showed 96.5% didn't need them.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 antibiotics hospitals infections health-and-medicine

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

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

How the coronavirus escapes an evolutionary trade-off that helps keep other pathogens in check

Pathogens typically face a trade-off between virulence and transmission. But that's not the case with SARS-CoV-2.

Joe Alcock, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic transmission sars-cov-2 2019-ncov viruses pathogens infections

Masks prevented 66K COVID-19 infections in 1 month in NYC

"This inexpensive practice, in conjunction with social distancing and other procedures, is the most likely opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses united-states new-york-city infections featured health-and-medicine

Action averted 530 million COVID-19 infections

Have policies aimed at avoiding COVID-19 infections worked? "I don't think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time."

Edward Lempinen-UC Berkeley • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses government infections featured health-and-medicine

You can’t tell who’s sick from gross coughs or sneezes

Next time you hear someone cough or sneeze, you should probably leave the diagnosis to the doctor, according to a new study.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 infections featured health-and-medicine sounds

Nanotech could diagnose COVID-19 and gauge death risk

A proposed platform uses nanoparticles or magnetic levitation to spot a "fingerprint" for COVID-19 diagnosis and checking death risk.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology viruses infections magnetism health-and-medicine medical-tests

Asymptomatic spread makes testing key for COVID-19 fight

"Because of asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus, we're going to need a lot more testing and have public health officials actively look for cases."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 symptoms viruses infections health-and-medicine immune-systems

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