Coronavirus: could it be burning out after 20% of a population is infected?

There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.

Joacim Rocklöv, Professor of Epidemiology, Umeå University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 immune-system immune-cells antibodies herd-immunity coronavirus-2020 sweden genetic-epidemiology

Antibody injections could fight COVID-19 infections – an infectious disease expert explains the prospects

Antibodies that recognize and block SARS-CoV-2 infection have the potential to be powerful weapons. An infectious disease expert explains what antibodies are and how they could be used as a therapy.

Dimiter Stanchev Dimitrov, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Antibody Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic antibodies sars-cov-2 monoclonal-antibodies

Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate

An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.

Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Richmond • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology antibodies sars-cov-2 testing antibody-testing pregnancy-test false-negative

Coronavirus: why we're using llamas to help fight the pandemic

'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.

Gary Stephens, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Reading • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system antibodies

Coronavirus tests are pretty accurate, but far from perfect

Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies immunity testing anthony-fauci virology blood-test false-positive rt-pcr swab-test

Infected with the coronavirus but not showing symptoms? A physician answers 5 questions about asymptomatic COVID-19

Your body can be infected and fight off SARS-CoV-2 without your ever noticing.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 immune-system antibodies cough sneeze sars-cov-2 symptoms disease-spread viral-spread typhoid-mary

Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.

Daniel Stadlbauer, Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies sars-cov-2 immunity coronavirus-2020 new-coronavirus blood plasma blood-test

Coronavirus: how we're creating a rapid test that could help halt the pandemic

Using antibodies to trap the virus could create near-instant pregnancy test-style kits.

Jonas Graversen, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  antibodies  viruses  coronavirus-test  rapid-diagnostic-test  medical-test

Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them

Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.

Ann Sheehy, Professor of Biology, College of the Holy Cross • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  ebola  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  blood  ebola-virus  plasma

Peanut allergy may start in the gut – opening up new ways to tackle it

Evidence from a new study could help scientists develop drugs to neutralise the 'allergic antibodies' that cause anaphylaxis.

Rachael Rigby, Senior Lecturer in Gastro-Intestinal Health, Lancaster University • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  gut-bacteria  antibodies  allergy  peanuts  peanut-allergy  anaphylaxis  gut-microbes  b-cells

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