A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

Results from a new cell study suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can bring about long-term gene expression changes. The ...
Video: Many people are asymptomatic to COVID. Why?

Video: Many people are asymptomatic to COVID. Why?

For many people infected, COVID has been a devastating virus. However, there are people who test positive, yet don't exhibit ...
How long do vaccines provide COVID protection? Data coming into focus and it’s promising news

How long do vaccines provide COVID protection? Data coming into focus and it’s promising news

Exactly how long does a COVID-19 vaccine last? More information exists about Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines than the Johnson ...
Are rogue COVID variants ahead? ‘It’d be a brave person to say that the virus is nearing the end of its evolutionary route’

Are rogue COVID variants ahead? ‘It’d be a brave person to say that the virus is nearing the end of its evolutionary route’

As the global infection count surges for a seventh consecutive week, after initial optimism that the pandemic had peaked, leading ...
Home cure for COVID? Pfizer testing a pill that offers promise

Home cure for COVID? Pfizer testing a pill that offers promise

At two anonymous Pfizer buildings, one in the U.S. and one in Belgium, a remarkable experiment is under way. Up ...
Biden administration supports easing patent rights on COVID vaccines in effort to accelerate global distribution, breaking from European Union

Biden administration supports easing patent rights on COVID vaccines in effort to accelerate global distribution, breaking from European Union

The Biden administration, in a major decision [May 5], said it would support easing patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines after ...
Viewpoint: COVID lockdown denialists are immune to the hard realities of a relentless virus

Viewpoint: COVID lockdown denialists are immune to the hard realities of a relentless virus

I am no lockdown junkie. I’d like to get that straight before I explain why the most extreme variant of ...
Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

[A]bout a quarter of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. So until many more people get their shots, Americans remain ...
Video: ‘The palette of modern therapeutics’ — mRNA and the COVID vaccines explained

Video: ‘The palette of modern therapeutics’ — mRNA and the COVID vaccines explained

Rather than tinkering with the virus or its parts, [mRNA vaccine technology] harnesses the “beauty of our biology” to deliver ...
Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Life has become even riskier for unvaccinated people, particularly those who have never had covid-19.  ... While treatments for covid-19 ...
Unwitting COVID carriers: 20-college study trying to answer when it will be safe to go maskless

Unwitting COVID carriers: 20-college study trying to answer when it will be safe to go maskless

All three authorized vaccines in the United States offer recipients robust protection against illness, particularly the worst cases. But how ...
No endgame for COVID: In the face of vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity now appears out of reach in the US

No endgame for COVID: In the face of vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity now appears out of reach in the US

Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a ...
Viewpoint: Herpes linked to COVID vaccine? Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post descends into conspiracy mongering

Viewpoint: Herpes linked to COVID vaccine? Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post descends into conspiracy mongering

Lately, the New York Post seems to be on a mission to scare as many people as possible out of ...
‘Look out; we’re coming for you’: It’s scary for public health officials on the front lines of the politicized COVID crisis

‘Look out; we’re coming for you’: It’s scary for public health officials on the front lines of the politicized COVID crisis

Public servants like [Santa Cruz health officer Dr. Gail] Newel have become the face of government authority in the pandemic ...
Is the CDC’s ultra-cautious approach to relaxing masking and distancing guidelines feeding vaccine hesitancy?

Is the CDC’s ultra-cautious approach to relaxing masking and distancing guidelines feeding vaccine hesitancy?

[The CDC said April 27 that] fully vaccinated people can unmask at small outdoor gatherings or when dining outside with ...
‘Messy trials, manufacturing nightmares, and political and economic rivalry’: Behind the scenes at the AstraZeneca and Oxford vaccine blunders

‘Messy trials, manufacturing nightmares, and political and economic rivalry’: Behind the scenes at the AstraZeneca and Oxford vaccine blunders

The story of the vaccine that AstraZeneca developed with the University of Oxford is marked by noble intentions, communication blunders, ...
Viewpoint: Fox News provides platform for pandemic conspiracy promoter Naomi Wolf after previously mocking her ‘leftist’ views

Viewpoint: Fox News provides platform for pandemic conspiracy promoter Naomi Wolf after previously mocking her ‘leftist’ views

The feminist writer Naomi Wolf garnered fame during the 1990s for her book The Beauty Myth and her work as ...
Sharon Peacock: COVID-19 Variant Hunter

Sharon Peacock: COVID-19 Variant Hunter

The UK is a world leader in sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of all the coronavirus genomes that ...
Modifying plants is harmful in crops and food but not to fight COVID? Tobacco plant-derived vaccine under evaluation for approval in Canada

Modifying plants is harmful in crops and food but not to fight COVID? Tobacco plant-derived vaccine under evaluation for approval in Canada

Medicago is a pioneer of plant-derived therapeutics. Its tech takes the idea of traditional vaccine manufacturing – based on using ...
Viewpoint — Conservative evangelicals and disinformation: Conspiracy theories spreading almost as fast as COVID in rightwing strongholds

Viewpoint — Conservative evangelicals and disinformation: Conspiracy theories spreading almost as fast as COVID in rightwing strongholds

White evangelical Christians make up about 41 million people, according to the Pew Research Center — and they are one ...
Country-by-country guide of where you can travel once you are fully vaccinated

Country-by-country guide of where you can travel once you are fully vaccinated

As more of the world’s population gets vaccinated, travel is already beginning to make a comeback as countries begin to ...
Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

“Virus outbreak: research says COVID-19 likely synthetic,” shouted the headline in the Taipei Times on February 23, 2020. The idea ...
Viewpoint: Facebook and fake news — How the social media giant has emerged as the perfect platform for vaccine misinformation

Viewpoint: Facebook and fake news — How the social media giant has emerged as the perfect platform for vaccine misinformation

You’d think during the worst pandemic in a century virtually everyone would be desperate to get their hands on a ...
Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

[SARS-CoV-2] almost didn't make it as a pandemic virus. Only bad luck and the packed conditions of the Huanan seafood ...
Carrot or stick? After offering incentives for staff to get vaccinated, Houston Methodist becomes first US hospital to require shots — or face termination

Carrot or stick? After offering incentives for staff to get vaccinated, Houston Methodist becomes first US hospital to require shots — or face termination

The [Houston Methodist] hospital system is requiring that all of its workers get their shots by June 7, making it ...
Practical travel tips: Why you will need a vaccine passport

Practical travel tips: Why you will need a vaccine passport

Here’s why a vaccine passport could be the key to having a safe, seamless trip the next time you travel.  ...
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