The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to copy strands of DNA.
COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
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Australia's island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here's what we've learned along the way.
We are slowly figuring out which drugs and therapies are effective against the new coronavirus.
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During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.
A security guard checks the body temperature of a motorcyclist as a preventive measure.
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Detecting fever requires measuring core body temperature. Screening measures the body's surface temperature.
A few people in the crowd will be responsible for the bulk of a disease’s spread.
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Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.
The virus that caused the original Sars no longer haunts us, but the characteristics of today’s coronavirus mean it’s unlikely to disappear in the same way.
Moderna just released the results of a phase 1 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Results from phase 1 trials of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine created a burst of optimism. But details the company failed to release suggest it is too early to speculate whether the vaccine is effective.
A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students.
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Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
Brazilian scientist working on a vaccine at the Immunology laboratory of the Heart Institute (Incor) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo.
We don't have vaccines for the Sars, Mers or the common cold. But that doesn't mean scientists won't crack it this time.
A molecule responsible for lowering our blood pressure also helps coronavirus get into our cells and replicate. And it occurs more in men than in women.
The typically crowded Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, now nearly desolate in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Mysteries surround the coronavirus, but our expert is here to address some of the most perplexing issues.
Visitors look at new anti-SARS outfits for medical workers on display Thursday Nov. 6, 2003 in Shanghai, China, as the country braced for a resurgence. The disease never made a comeback.
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COVID-19 and SARS are both deadly – but different. SARS symptoms were quick to appear, making it easier to contain. Because health officials were able to contain it, the virus died off.
Plenty of warm and humid places – including Miami – are seeing the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
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Winter is flu season – could it be coronavirus season as well? The research is mixed, but other factors besides temperature and humidity have more to do with the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
Ever heard of 229E, OC43, NL63 and HKU1?
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient and imaged using a transmission electron micrograph.
Two phrases you hear a lot these days are viral load and infectious dose. What do they mean? Do they reflect the severity of disease or whether someone will get severely ill? Two experts explain.
This Sunda pangolin found throughout Southeast Asia is currently considered to be critically endangered.
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When a new virus emerges and triggers a pandemic, it is important to trace its origins. Knowing more about how the virus jumped species in the first place can help curb future zoonotic diseases.
Ireland’s health minister, center, models social distancing at his nightly coronavirus press briefing March 27, 2020.
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When a government's health messaging during a crisis is inconsistent or unrealistic, it engenders the kind of confusion, misinformation and non-cooperation seen in the US and UK.
Wouldn’t it be nice if getting a vaccine was a simple as putting on a Band-Aid?
University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing a vaccine patch for COVID-19 that is as easy to apply as a Band-Aid.
Shopping for wine in Seattle, where many liquor stores are considered “essential businesses.”
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Sales of alcohol have reported jumped by around a quarter as people bulk buy wine, beers and spirits. That could lead to a range of short-term and long-term problems.
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Buildings with lots of occupants such as tower blocks and hospitals could be a hidden risk in the battle against COVID-19.