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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Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.
June 5, 2020 • ~8 min
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Results from phase 1 trials of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine created a burst of optimism. But details the company failed to release suggest it is too early to speculate whether the vaccine is effective.
May 21, 2020 • ~8 min
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We don't have vaccines for the Sars, Mers or the common cold. But that doesn't mean scientists won't crack it this time.
May 13, 2020 • ~7 min
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A molecule responsible for lowering our blood pressure also helps coronavirus get into our cells and replicate. And it occurs more in men than in women.
May 12, 2020 • ~7 min
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The puzzling questions of the coronavirus: A doctor addresses 6 questions that are stumping physicians
Mysteries surround the coronavirus, but our expert is here to address some of the most perplexing issues.
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The mysterious disappearance of the first SARS virus, and why we need a vaccine for the current one but didn't for the other
COVID-19 and SARS are both deadly – but different. SARS symptoms were quick to appear, making it easier to contain. Because health officials were able to contain it, the virus died off.
May 5, 2020 • ~8 min
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Winter is flu season – could it be coronavirus season as well? The research is mixed, but other factors besides temperature and humidity have more to do with the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
April 15, 2020 • ~5 min
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Ever heard of 229E, OC43, NL63 and HKU1?
April 15, 2020 • ~5 min
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Two phrases you hear a lot these days are viral load and infectious dose. What do they mean? Do they reflect the severity of disease or whether someone will get severely ill? Two experts explain.
April 14, 2020 • ~6 min
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