Pregnancy during a pandemic: The stress of COVID-19 on pregnant women and new mothers is showing

Born into a coronavirus world: how new parents and infants can stay safe.

Elinor Sullivan, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pregnancy  pandemic  stress  fetus  infants

How the coronavirus spreads through the air: 5 essential reads

Scientists explain what you need to know about the COVID-19 risks in the air, from how aerosols form to how to keep kids safe on a school bus.

Stacy Morford, General Assignments Editor • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aerosols essential-reads

How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So when will we know whether any of these will protect against COVID-19?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic fda vaccines sars-cov-2 phase-3-trial immune-response vaccine-trials covid-19-vaccine vaccine-safety vaccine-approval

Tips for living online – lessons from six months of the COVID-19 pandemic

From setting passwords to cultivating patience, a mindful approach to virtual working, studying and socializing can make life online manageable.

Pamela Scott Bracey, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic online remote-work telecommuting online-education lockdown distance-learning video-conferencing productivity

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.

Rajesh Khanna, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  pain  sars-cov-2  viruses  covid-19-pandemic  ace2  asymptomatic  chronic-pain  spike-protein

J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research

Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.

Timothy Ford, Professor and Chair of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  health  medicine  covid-19  pandemic  vaccines  sars-cov-2  open-source  innovation-and-invention  process-of-innovation

Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering mcgovern-institute

How to build trust in a COVID vaccine

A public campaign to build trust may be needed if a successful vaccine candidate is to be taken by enough Americans to interrupt the COVID pandemic, a Harvard public health expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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How a new way of parsing COVID-19 data began to show the breadth of health gaps between Blacks and whites

Getting the real answers on health gaps requires a deep dive into the demographics.

David R. Buys, State Health Specialist and Associate Professor, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  big-data  pandemic  mississippi  health-disparities  demographics  population-data

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