Sepsis begins with infection by bacteria or a virus. This panoramic ilustration inside a blood vessel shows rod-shaped bacteria, red blood cells and immune cells called leukocytes.
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Sepsis onset can be difficult to recognize, in part because its symptoms can mimic those of many other conditions. A treatment delay of even a few hours can make the difference between life and death.
A lot has changed in COVID treatment since the pandemic began. Here are the treatments you can expect — from being diagnosed, to going to hospital, and for those who need to be cared for in ICU.
The freedom of going mask-free is still a ways off for kids under age 12.
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As many teens and adults in the US restart their social lives, parents of children under the age of 12 wonder when their kids will also be able to experience the freedom that comes with vaccination.
Relax, humans! I’m not going to start the next pandemic.
The risk of coronaviruses jumping species is low, but if you look for it, you will find it.
Family members of COVID-19 infected patients stand in a queue with empty oxygen cylinders outside the oxygen filling centre in New Delhi, India.
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An effective oxygen system requires prompt recognition of who needs oxygen, a reliable oxygen supply and safe delivery to those who need it.
Public health measures have helped control COVID-19 in Australia. But they’ve affected other winter viruses, too.
Digital participatory surveillance allows the community to share in the responsibility of disease surveillance and contribute to the control and prevention of respiratory disease outbreaks.
The device was tested at Addenbroke’s hospit.
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It takes around 61 hours to identify the pathogen causing a patient’s pneumonia. A new test reduces that to four hours.
More and more studies are revealing the cognitive effects of COVID-19.
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Many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell to delirium to a higher risk of stroke. Down the road, will COVID-19 survivors face a wave of cognitive issues?
Industrial premises being disinfected in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan city.
How Kazakhstan failed to deal with COVID-19 and became the first country to enter a second national lockdown.
Queue of seated outpatients, waiting patiently inside Provincial Hospital corridor in Port Elizabeth.
Dangerous delays may happen at three points: the patient deciding to seek care, reaching a healthcare facility, or receiving quality care at that facility.
Geoffrey McKillop (front) with his partner Nicola Dallet McConaghie as they left the hospital where he was discharged after surviving coronavirus.
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Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.
Severe COVID-19 may leave lasting scars in the lungs, but some recovery could happen over time.
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S. pneumoniae, the bacteria responsible for pneumonia, causes about one million deaths each year. Now we know how it uses the sugar raffinose to spread through the body to cause disease.
What would Darwin consider the best adaptation to protect against the coronavirus?
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Who is most likely to survive an infection of the new coronavirus? Two immunologists explain that it is those who mount exactly the right immune response – not too weak, not too strong.
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.
One of Nairobi’s low-income areas.
Because low-income settlements are unplanned, crowded and without sanitation, there are many viral infections that cause health problems.
Researchers examine materials collected from a Chinese woman to find the cause of her mysterious pneumonia symptoms, at Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Korea, 09 January 2020.
Genetic analysis indicates novel coronavirus from Wuhan has a 89% similarity to the SARS virus, a relative of the SARS bat virus. However this does not mean nCoV comes from bats.
Chinese scientists sequence coronavirus causing pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. And it’s never been seen before.
Drips and other medical devices were potential sources of infection. But no-one expected to find hospital-acquired pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
A surprising number of people are catching pneumonia or urinary tract infections in hospital, a new Australian study shows for the first time.