SARS-CoV-2
More evidence emerges of T Cell Immunity against novel Coronavirus in unexposed people

Candidate vaccines which have shown promising results have all reported trying to elicit a T cell immune response along with antibody production

Trump’s withdrawal from WHO is a cover-up for his abject failure on COVID-19

The WHO, warts and all, still stands for global cooperation and fostering public health policies, and is the only instrument we have for global coordination. It is hated by the right-wing precisely for these reasons.

COVID-19: virus strain dominant worldwide is different from original in Wuhan

According to a publication in Cell, the strain, which is named D614G, is a result of point mutation of the original strain. However, it is not associated with disease severity

How does COVID-19 causes the loss of smell?

The unusual thing with COVID-19 is that, people facing loss of smell don’t have a stuffy nose, according to Harvard Medical School neuroscientist Sandeep Robert Datta

New study shows how SARS-CoV-2 made its journey from bats to humans

In a new report, scientists have found that the SARS-CoV-2 could jump to humans from animals by doing crucial rearrangement in its genome.

How pandemics are related to ecological crises

The globalization of food, along with myths about “miracle” cures and “superfoods” and changing food habits, are wreaking havoc. Much of this can be prevented

Disease capitalism and COVID-19: Hunger in the belly of the beast

For capital, profits come from disease, not peoples’ health. COVID-19 shows the consequence of disease capitalism in a globalized world, the rich—countries or individuals—will not be spared either

Numbers and Estimates: How Do We Understand COVID-19 Cases?

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the role of modelling in understanding the disease, and the features and limitations of the various kind of approaches that have been used.

COVID-19: Vaccine candidate developed in China reported to have protected monkeys

SARS-CoV-2 was directly put into the lungs of eight Rhesus Macaques. None of the monkeys that had been vaccinated were seen to have developed a full-blown infection.

Public health and private profits under COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic might be devastating countries, the people and their livelihoods, but is good for some companies and their stockholders, like the ones that hold patents for N95 masks, lifesaving medicines or vaccines.

What are the differences between COVID-19, MERS and SARS?

On April 17, the journal Science published a study by a group of scientists from the Netherlands, who did a comparative study of the pathogenesis of the three diseases

What influences spillover of viruses from birds and animals to humans?

A widely held belief is that the spread of pathogens to humans is more likely from some animals, with particular traits. A new study suggests that there exists a mathematical relation between species diversity and virus spillover to humans

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