A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

The microbes in your gut influence how your immune system reacts to bacteria and viruses. A severe immune reaction is deadly; a small one lets the virus win. The right balance may depend on your diet.

Ana Maldonado-Contreras, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~12 min

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Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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How to stay safe with a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant on the loose

The new variant has been estimated to be 50% more transmissible. It's already been detected in at least 10 US states.

Byron Erath, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2021 ~7 min

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How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose

The new variant has been estimated to be 50% more transmissible. It's already been detected in at least 10 US states.

Byron Erath, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2021 ~7 min

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The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

West Virginia turned to its local pharmacies for help. Its program's success holds some important lessons for other states and the rest of the vaccine rollout.

Tinglong Dai, Associate Professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~6 min

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Delaying second COVID-19 vaccine doses will make supplies last longer but comes with risks

With vaccine shortages looming, experts are debating whether it is important to receive two doses or whether it's better to give one dose to more people and give a second when the supply is better.

Sanjay Mishra, Project Coordinator & Staff Scientist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~11 min

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Coronavirus variant dampens prospects for return to normal

Will the British variant’s transmissibility upset summer plans?

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 6, 2021 ~7 min

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The cold supply chain can't reach everywhere – that's a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination

So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.

Charles M. Schweik, Professor of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~7 min

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Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

With vaccines forthcoming for most Americans, many groups, including expectant mothers, are wondering if the vaccine is safe for them and their babies. A physician-scientist explains.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Would you eat indoors at a restaurant? We asked five health experts

Experts weigh in on whether they will sit and eat at a restaurant.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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