Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor says

Shifting the U.S.'s COVID-19 testing strategy to emphasize inexpensive, daily tests would break national transmission chains within weeks, an infectious disease testing expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

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There are 5 easy steps to tame COVID-19, says Fauci

Anthony Fauci, one of the government’s top authorities on the coronavirus pandemic, said that simple measures including wearing masks, avoiding bars, and spending time outdoors can tame the pandemic, but only if widely adopted.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

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Is it time to resume COVID restrictions in some safe states?

Officials in states that appear to have COVID-19 under control should keep an eye on a slow rise in cases, and take the chance to enact modest measures before case numbers begin to rise rapidly again, a Harvard expert said.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine proves successful with primates

A single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by scientists led by a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center immunologist.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

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How to understand COVID-19-related loss of smell

New study finds olfactory support cells, not neurons, are vulnerable to novel coronavirus infection.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
July 24, 2020 ~10 min

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Lessons from a pandemic

Seven researchers discuss the importance of COVID-19 research and pandemic preparedness, the value of teamwork, and the fragility of life.

lan Mochari, Namrata Sengupta, Kelsey Tsipis • harvard
July 17, 2020 ~17 min

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Study finds early Wuhan COVID cases largely undetected

Modeling study offers fresh insights into stealthy nature of coronavirus and how easily it jumps from person to person.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South

Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

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COVID-19 shutdowns could hit primary care sector with $15 billion loss

As a result of COVID-19 shutdowns, a $15 billion loss in the primary care sector is expected to threaten practice viability, reducing further an already insufficient number of primary care providers in the United States.

Lauren Jett • harvard
June 25, 2020 ~4 min

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Harvard expert outlines recommendations for school reopenings

As school officials worry about whether they can safely reopen their districts in the fall, Joseph Allen, a Harvard healthy buildings expert has an answer: yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

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