Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children public-health coronavirus immune-system school death transmission sars-cov-2 disease reopening infection masks kawasaki-disease kids covd-19

Cell-like decoys could mop up viruses in humans – including the one that causes COVID-19

Nanoparticles dressed up in cell membranes snag SARS-CoV-2 virus particles before they reach human cells.

Liangfang Zhang, Professor of Nanoengineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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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

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Am I immune to COVID-19 if I have antibodies?

If you have had COVID-19 already, are you protected from another bout of the illness? And is the presence of antibodies in your blood a guarantee of immunity?

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

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COVID-19's deadliness for men is revealing why researchers should have been studying immune system sex differences years ago

Why does COVID-19 hit men harder than women? Is the disparity in mortality rates due male hormones or an underlying difference in the male versus female immune system?

Adam Moeser, Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Chair, Associate Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  immune-system  pandemic  sars-cov-2  immune-response  testosterone  estrogen  androgen

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.

April Thames, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  pandemic  health-disparities  racism  african-americans

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

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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

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Blocking the deadly cytokine storm is a vital weapon for treating COVID-19

We blame the coronavirus for the thousands of deaths, but it is actually a hyperactive immune reaction that is the cause of death. An immunologist explains.

Alexander (Sasha) Poltorak, Professor of Immunology, Tufts University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus inflammation immune-system pandemic sars-cov-2 viruses immune-response pathogen

Coronavirus: we must step up research to harness immense power of the immune system

Figuring out how the immune system responds to and defeats coronavirus is our best way out of the pandemic.

Sheena Cruickshank, Professor in Biomedical Sciences, University of Manchester • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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