Australian researchers have mapped immune responses from one of the country's first COVID-19 patients. The findings shed light on how the immune system fights the virus and assists in recovery from the virus.
SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in aerosols for up to three hours and up to four hours on copper. On cardboard, the virus is detectable for up to 24 hours, and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The study suggests the virus may be acquired through the air in addition to touching surfaces.
Undetected and undocumented cases of COVID-19 were largely responsible for the rapid spread of the virus in China. 86% of all infections were undocumented before the January 23 Wuhan travel shutdown. Per person, the undocumented infections were half as contagious as documented infections but were the source of two-thirds of documented infections.
Researchers are pushing for the development of an instant mobile app that will alert people who have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient to immediately isolate themselves via an instant message. If rapidly and widely developed, the app could significantly help to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Researchers have analyzed the potential outcomes of public health measures on slowing and suppressing the spread of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 testing limited, we don't have enough data on the virus to know how widespread the diseases will ultimately become, or how long social distancing measures will last.
Digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea and anorexia, are common in COVID-19 patients. Almost 50% of coronavirus patients from the Hubei province of China presented digestive symptoms and cited them as their main symptoms.
NYU and FAS researchers have developed a new, interactive website that allows users to ask professionals about COVID-19. If a user has a specific question, they can submit it to a crowdsourced network of doctors and researchers. Questions are currently answered within hours, but as the network grows, it is hoped the timeframe will be shorter. The service will also be available on Amazon's Alexa by the end of the week.
Researchers stress the importance of understanding how COVID-19 affects children to model the pandemic accurately, as well as limiting the disease spread and ensuring younger patients get the help they need.
Many of us feel obligated to perform acts for loved ones, such as calling more frequently or running an errand for an elderly friend, during this time of social distancing. Researchers report low-level obligations and acts of kindness can help strengthen relationships, while more substantive obligations can put a strain on relationships.
Researchers have developed a portable surveillance device that uses machine learning to detect coughing and crowd size in real-time. The system can use the data to directly monitor flu-like illnesses, community trends, and virus spread potential. The system could help monitor the spread of infection and provide a public health response during an epidemic.