In the most severe cases, COVID-19 patients need oxygen pumped directly into their airways, or even be hooked up to a machine that does the job of their heart and lungs.
Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.
Handling the US outbreak requires a look at what's working for the rest of the world – and our own history.
During a pandemic, a home birth starts looking better every second. Midwives with their specialized skills in low-risk normal birth can be of great service.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is undergoing extensive genetic analysis around the world to understand its origin and evolution.
Scientists need to close the knowledge gap around COVID-19 and the virus that causes it.
African countries need to strengthen their capacity for identifying new cases.
Many of these new diseases cross over, jumping from wild animals to people.
Several questions about the origin of the outbreak remain with no clear data on what this was or if it was an animal source.
There are many questions left unanswered because the outbreak is still in an early stage.
Travelers may undergo screenings at airports to control the spread of coronavirus. Research shows that these efforts have little to no effect on slowing the spread of disease.
Initial data from the outbreak in China did not reveal as much information as scientists needed to assess the epidemic. Now, more accurate data suggest an epidemic worse than some previously thought.
Pandemic does not refer to the lethality of a virus but to its transmissibility and geographical extension.
Experiences dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious disease can help countries with weak health systems prepare for new health emergencies.
The interdependency between humans, animals and the environment is becoming more pronounced. This calls for an interdisciplinary approach to health problems.
The tremendous costs of COVID-19 show why the world needs to do a better job preventing epidemics from occurring – or at least mitigate the impact.
Viruses are basically parasites and, as such, can wreak havoc -- but not always. Viruses are within you right now. Viruses cause the most damage when they jump from a familiar host to a new host.
Understanding the many factors that may play a role in spillover of pathogens from bats to humans requires systematic surveillance of bat populations.
Thousands of Chinese producers are at risk of going bust as a result of the outbreak.
President Ramaphosa's state of the nation speech showed his preference for less contentious matters that attract praise, rather than catalytic decisions.