Anti-inflammatory drug improves survival in COVID-19 patients

Researchers have found that a targeted therapy with tocilizumab reduced mortality by 30 percent for critically ill COVID-19 patients when administered within the first two days of ICU admission.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 inflammation health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital miguel-hernan pro-inflammatory-cytokine tocilizumab

Is the slow approach to reopening schools failing kids?

Harvard Chan School’s Joseph Allen gives America an “F” on school reopening efforts, and says we’re in danger of losing thousands of virtual dropouts and wasting mild late summer/early autumn weather we could use to boost in-person learning.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 14, 2020 ~15 min

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Hands-on lessons are at the crux of new Harvard course

A new Harvard course challenges students to use science to evaluate COVID-19 policies.

Adam Zewe • harvard
Oct. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic evelyn-hu john-doyle charlotte-moses es20r hepa-filter michael-p-brenner science-and-engineering-for-managing-covid

COVID survivors may have four months of protection

A new study shows that people who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting immune responses against the virus.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine massachusetts-general-hospital antibodies long-lasting-immune-responses

How COVID-19 impacts cancer research and treatment

Study represents the most comprehensive scientific survey to date about the interrelationship between COVID-19 and cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
Oct. 8, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 coronavirus pandemic health-medicine dana-farber-cancer-institute

Strong government response needed in COVID battle

The international forum “Global Perspectives on COVID-19,” co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, cited the importance of strong, coordinated government response as a key to stopping the novel coronavirus’ spread.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 harvard-medical-school clea-simon health-medicine paul-farmer massachusetts-consortium-on-pathogen-readiness global-perspectives-on-covid-19 centre-for-the-aids-programme-of-research-in-south-africa fabio-ciceri george-q-daly guangzhou-medical-university mark-elliott megan-murray professor-of-respiratory-medicine salim-abdool-karim san-raffaele-scientific-institute zhong-nanshan

At-home COVID-19 test study launches in Boston

The TestBoston study will facilitate at-home testing on 10,000 people for both the SARS-CoV-2 virus and antibodies against it to increase access to testing and surveillance.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine brigham-and-womens-hospital broad-institute sars-cov-2 covid-tests testboston

New tool offers insights into antibody response to COVID-19

“Viral history” tool VirScan offers new insights into antibody response to SARS-CoV-2.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 coronavirus pandemic harvard-medical-school brigham-and-womens-hospital sars-cov-2

Harvard journal keeps data scientists connected during COVID

Data science provides a foundation for an important front in the battle against COVID-19. The Harvard Data Science Review, a journal of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, is helping keep data scientists connected and up to date on the latest findings.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 18, 2020 ~21 min

Tags: science-technology covid-19 inequality data-science alvin-powell bias francesca-dominici harvard-data-science-initiative harvard-data-science-review xiao-li-meng

How to build trust in a COVID vaccine

A public campaign to build trust may be needed if a successful vaccine candidate is to be taken by enough Americans to interrupt the COVID pandemic, a Harvard public health expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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