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It would provide a first-line defense against the virus

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Covid-19 vaccines are incredibly good at preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization, but they’re probably less effective at stopping transmission. To do that, we might need a different kind of vaccine altogether.

Because SARS-CoV-2 is mainly transmitted through droplets and airborne aerosols, some scientists reason that a vaccine should provide first-line…

A handful of coronavirus variants have become household names during the pandemic, including B.1.1.7, the so-called U.K. variant, and B.1.351, the South African variant. There are many others. Variants arise because viruses naturally mutate when they replicate, and, given the high rates of Covid-19 infection, SARS-CoV-2 has had many opportunities…

Research published in February in the science journal BMJ showed that people infected with the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, are more likely to die than people infected with the original strain. This scary news was surprising to some people, writes scientist…

Hospitalized children with the inflammatory syndrome linked to Covid-19 have increased risk for acute kidney injury

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For a while, early on in the pandemic, the world sighed with some relief at the apparent low risk the SARS-CoV-2 virus held for children. That sigh turned to an intake of breath with reports of a new syndrome emerging in children, apparently associated with the virus and often coming…

One company is trying to get ahead of the mutating virus

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When the pandemic first hit, drugmakers raced to find a Covid-19 treatment in the blood of people who had recovered from the virus. They were looking for antibodies — special immune cells that the body makes in response to an infection — capable of neutralizing the virus.

Many scientists thought…

For social distancing and vaccination measures, the guidance is still to ‘stay the course‘

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The term “California variant” refers to a version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged last year with three new mutations compared with its parent strain, but this variant is really a global traveler. It earned its name when it cropped up in Southern California in July 2020. By November 2020…

‘People who have not been vaccinated are going to get sick and die from this Governor’

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On Tuesday, Texas governor Greg Abbott said he would end the statewide mask mandate and opened up all businesses and facilities across the state. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent,” he said in a statement. His executive order is…

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