A small study of patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms in Wuhan found laying face down was better for the lungs.
Domestic spread of coronavirus transmission via interstate travel is now more of a threat to people in American than from international travel. Findings repeat the need for more widespread diagnostic testing for COVID-19 at the state level and more intense tracking of people exposed to SARS-CoV-2.
A new study highlights the most common neurological and psychological complications that arise as a result of coronavirus infection. The most common brain complication was stroke, reported in 77 of 125 patients studied. Of those, 57 patients had a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain. Behavioral changes, confusion, and altered mental state were also reported in a significant number of patients. Depression and anxiety were also commonly reported. Ten patients developed psychosis as a result of COVID-19, and six developed a dementia-like syndrome.
The placentas of sixteen women who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy showed evidence of significant injury, a new study reports. The placental injuries were consistent with abnormal blood flow between mother and baby in-utero, suggesting another complication of coronavirus infection in pregnant women.
Researchers used data of active COVID-19 case rates from China to set the parameters for the model. Applying the formula to other counties, including the UK, France, and Brazil, they found a match in the evolution of active cases and fatality rates over time.
Study reports viral shedding of SARS-CoV-2 occurs in the upper respiratory tract during early COVID-19 infection when symptoms are mild or hardly noticeable.
Researchers are developing a self-diagnostic test for coronavirus and other viral infections. SickStick tests for nucleic acids in saliva that increase within hours of exposure to a virus.
Georgia Tech researchers are using 3D printing, plastic-lined table cloths, and an array of other items to craft personal protective equipment that can be used by healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients. The team will share the designs for free, allowing for crowdsourcing of DIY protective gear.
Study confirms cats can become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus and pass the infection along to other cats. Cats shed the virus up to six days following infection via their nasal passages. Researchers urge cat owners to keep their pets indoors during the pandemic.
Researchers have developed a new vaccine that fully protects mice against MERS by using a harmless virus to deliver MERS-CoV into cells and generate an immune response. The vaccine is an innocuous parainfluenza virus (PIV5) which carries the spike protein MERS uses to infect cells. Findings show the PIV5 based vaccine could be a useful platform for COVID-19.
A COVID-19 vaccine under trial in the UK is safe, has few side effects, and induces a strong immune response in both parts of the immune system within 14 days of administration.
The time between cases in a chain of transmission of COVID-19 is less than one week, and more than 10% of patients are infected by someone who has the virus but is not yet symptomatic.