Pharmacies could play an increasingly important role in testing and treatment of COVID-19.
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Earlier detection and treatment of COVID-19 by health care providers in pharmacies could help prevent surges in infection rates and severe illness.
Classical antibiotics that directly kill pathogens are prone to elicit drug-resistance. Targeting host enzymes required for pathogen survival offers can limit the emergence of resistance.
Millions of U.S. children ages 5-11 have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Moderna will ask the FDA to allow emergency use for its vaccine in children as young as 6 months, a step many parents have been anticipating.
While many immunocompromised and high-risk patients may benefit from AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, drug distribution and access have been uneven.
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Evusheld is an antibody drug from AstraZeneca intended to help prevent COVID-19 infection for immunocompromised and other vulnerable patients.
BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world.
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The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.
It feels like everyone around you has or is recovering from COVID. Maybe you’re fatigued and wondering if it’s an after-effect? Antibody tests could confirm it one way or another.
Pregnant people are at significantly greater risk from COVID-19 than from the vaccine.
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A robust body of research finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy is safe and effective – and the best way to protect both mother and child from the risks of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught most people more than they ever expected to know about immunology.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought immunology terms that are typically relegated to textbooks into our everyday vernacular. These stories helped us make sense of the ever-evolving science.
COVID cases are predicted to rise as we face another variant. So a 4th shot to top up our immunity is looking more likely as we head into winter.
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A highlight of this pandemic is how quickly effective vaccines were developed and rolled out.
A mural along Haile Selassie avenue in Nairobi, Kenya.
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It’s a huge cause for concern that, two years into the pandemic, the disparities and unequal power structures in global health are still intact.
A do-it-yourself air purifier in use in a classroom.
3D printers got a lot of attention when DIYers leapt to action to address equipment shortages early in the pandemic, but some everyday items found in hardware stores played a big role, too.
COVID-19 will not be the last infectious disease event of our time. We need to prepare for the next challenge with evidence and knowledge.
Before COVID-19, clean water, antibiotics and vaccines had made us complacent about infectious disease. Infection control can no longer be taken for granted. We must be prepared for future pandemics.
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The fear that SARS-CoV-2 will evolve in animals and then spread back to us in a more virulent form is unfounded.
Operating in crisis mode for COVID-19, TB, or any other health catastrophe is difficult to sustain.
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In 2020 TB case detection fell by almost 20% and mortality rose for the first time in a decade. These setbacks are directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The delay in finding definitive answers to how novel infectious diseases come about is not unusual. Look at what happened to our search for Ebola virus.
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Risky life-science projects need global governance. Unfortunately, current standards and practices are not up to the task.
These new antivirals are another way of managing COVID-19. But they’re not a panacea, and could even makes things worse.
Asian Americans have been targeted with hate crimes during the pandemic.
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Social scientists find that using geography-related names or racialized framing around the coronavirus in even one news story can trigger racist stereotypes and biases.
COVID self-testing is widespread in developed countries.
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One of the consequences of the failure of developing countries like South Africa to authorise self-testing is that it is driving a thriving black market.