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One in 5 COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days -study (reuters.com)

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems, and the researchers also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition.

Submitted by Admin on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 18:09

Here's who's on President-elect Biden's newly formed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board (cnn.com)

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(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' newly appointed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board is led by established public health officials and staffed by a mix of doctors and current and former government officials, some with high-profile media visibility.

Submitted by Admin on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 18:05

The scientists who developed the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are a Turkish-German power couple (cnn.com)

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(CNN)Scientists Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci have dedicated their lives to the field of oncology and infectious diseases, and spent years pioneering personalized immunotherapy treatments for cancer.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 18:16

Nasal Spray May Prevent Coronavirus Infection in People Exposed to COVID-19 (scitechdaily.com)

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A nasal antiviral created by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons blocked transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ferrets, suggesting the nasal spray also may prevent infection in people exposed to the new coronavirus.

The compound in the spray—a lipopeptide developed by Anne Moscona, MD, and Matteo Porotto, PhD, professors in the Department of Pediatrics and directors of the Center for Host-Pathogen Interaction—is designed to prevent the new coronavirus from entering host cells.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:43

What's the science behind mink and coronavirus? (bbc.com)

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Mutations in coronavirus have triggered culls of millions of farmed mink in Denmark.

Part of the country has been put under lockdown after Danish authorities found genetic changes they say might undermine the effectiveness of future Covid-19 vaccines.

More than 200 people have been infected with mink-related coronavirus.

And the UK has imposed an immediate ban on all visitors from Denmark amid concerns about the new strain.

Read the complete story on bbc.com.

Submitted by Admin on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 18:21

Tiny variants in genes may dictate severity of coronavirus (theguardian.com)

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It has been one of the most baffling aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Healthy young men and women have become infected with the virus and developed life-threatening side effects. But at the same time, many of their contemporaries have simply shrugged off the condition.

Unknown factors are clearly leaving some people vulnerable to the pandemic’s worst effects even though some of them are young, are not overweight and do not suffer from other obvious health problems. Scientists think that tiny genetic differences are causing some to be struck down while many others are spared.

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/03/2020 - 19:54

Coronavirus: Slovakia holds national test but president calls for rethink

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Slovakia has begun an ambitious project to test everyone over the age of 10 for Covid-19, but the president has said she thinks the idea is "unfeasible".

The operation to test four million people is to last over two weekends.

Infections have soared in Slovakia and officials argue the only alternative would be a total lockdown.

President Zuzana Caputova called for a rethink of the plan after armed forces chiefs said there were not enough trained health workers to carry it out.

Submitted by mo2 on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 04:54

White House science office says Trump ended COVID-19 pandemic as US hits record cases (thehill.com)

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The White House science office listed "ending the COVID-19 pandemic" as the top accomplishment of President Trump's first term, even as the U.S. has set records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country are stretched to their breaking points.

Submitted by mo2 on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 19:50