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Scientists seeking to explain the repeated waves of coronavirus infections across the globe believe they have found a pattern: As pollen levels in outdoor air rose in 31 countries, COVID-19 cases intensified. Though pollen does not disperse the virus, the study found that it prevents the release of signal substances...
The U.S. is having a third vaccine to stop COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot on Saturday that operates for only one dose instead of two. Some were suspicious about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because the reported effectiveness results were lower...
The genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is called ribonucleic acid (RNA). To replicate, and therefore establish infection, SARS-CoV-2 RNA must hijack a host cell and use the cell’s machinery to duplicate itself. During the process of duplicating the viral RNA, errors frequently occur. This results in viruses that...
An elderly Italian woman has suffered horrendous side effects from contracting COVID-19. Doctors were forced to amputate three of her digits after diagnosing the woman in April 2020, calling the case study a “severe manifestation” of the disease in a new report published. Physicians were already aware that the coronavirus may wreak...
The University of Oxford has launched a study to assess the safety and immune response of the COVID-19 vaccine it has developed with AstraZeneca in children for the first time. Researchers will use 300 volunteers to assess whether the jab – known as the the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine – produces...