Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles
Some viruses can hide out in the body and reemerge at later times. Which viruses do this, and can the new coronavirus do this too?
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The atmosphere has a microbiome of bacteria, viruses and fungi that travel around the world on highways in the sky.
July 21, 2020 • ~6 min
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There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.
July 21, 2020 • ~6 min
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How deadly is the coronavirus? The true fatality rate is tricky to find, but researchers are getting closer
The percentage of people who die from a coronavirus infection is an important number for public health experts to know. Recent estimates now put it at 0.26%, far lower than initially thought.
July 15, 2020 • ~9 min
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The evidence suggests the novel coronavirus evolved naturally.
July 13, 2020 • ~8 min
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More than 200 scientists wrote to the WHO, warning about aerosol transmission of the coronavirus. The WHO has since acknowledged the evidence but hasn't change its advice yet.
July 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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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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The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.
July 2, 2020 • ~9 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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Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19
There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.
June 23, 2020 • ~8 min
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