As if the symptoms of COVID-19 were not disturbing enough, physicians have noted a rare neurological condition that emerges during some severe cases of this viral infection.
July 7, 2020 • ~10 min
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Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should
Severe scrutiny of two major papers, including one about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, is part of science's normal process of self-correction.
July 6, 2020 • ~9 min
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There's no scientific definition for a wave of disease – and no evidence that the original onslaught of coronavirus in the US has receded much at all.
July 6, 2020 • ~8 min
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Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide
Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.
July 2, 2020 • ~8 min
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During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.
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The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.
June 30, 2020 • ~8 min
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Coronavirus and cancer hijack the same parts in human cells to spread – and our team identified existing cancer drugs that could fight COVID-19
Kinases are cellular control switches. When they malfunction, they can cause cancer. The coronavirus hijacks these kinases to replicate, and cancer drugs that target them could fight COVID-19.
June 28, 2020 • ~10 min
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A simple computer model shows that safety measures can significantly impact both the exponential spread of COVID-19 and mortality rates.
June 26, 2020 • ~5 min
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A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus
The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.
June 24, 2020 • ~12 min
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Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.
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