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Ending Covid
It will take some time, but rest assured: a coronavirus vaccine is coming, and it will work.
The biopharmaceutical industry will be able to make a Covid-19 vaccine—probably a few of them—using various existing vaccine technologies. But many people worry that Covid-19 will mutate and evade our vaccines, as the flu virus does each season. Covid-19 is fundamentally different from flu viruses, though, in ways that will allow our first-generation vaccines to hold up well. To the extent that Covid does mutate, it’s likely to do so much more slowly than the flu virus does, buying us time to create new and improved vaccines.   (more...)
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Coronavirus ‘Cure’ Claims Get FTC Warning, So Maybe Don’t Drink Silver
Companies are offering dubious cures and treatments for COVID-19, or coronavirus, as misinformation
Amongst the mess of misinformation around coronavirus, claims promising cures and treatments for the virus are rife. On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action, warning seven companies about their ads for products promising to help combat coronavirus.   (more...)
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Relationship between the ABO Blood Group and the COVID-19 Susceptibility

The novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world rapidly and declared as a pandemic by WHO. Here, we compared the ABO blood group distribution in 2,173 patients with COVID-19 confirmed by SARS-CoV-2 test from three hospitals in Wuhan and Shenzhen, China with that in normal people from the corresponding regions. The results showed that blood group A was associated with a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 compared with non-A blood groups, whereas blood group O was associated with a lower risk for the infection compared with non-O blood groups. This is the first observation of an association between the ABO blood type and COVID-19. It should be emphasized, however, that this is an early study with limitations. It would be premature to use this study to guide clinical practice at this time, but it should encourage further investigation of the relationship between the ABO blood group and the COVID-19 susceptibility.   (more...)
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Arizona man dies after attempting to take Trump coronavirus 'cure'
Wife survives after couple in their 60s ingested chloroquine phosphate, which Trump falsely claimed was approved to treat coronavirus
A Phoenix-area man has died and his wife was in critical condition after the couple took chloroquine phosphate, an additive used to clean fish tanks that is also found in an anti-malaria medication touted by Donald Trump as a treatment for Covid-19.   (more...)
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New York hospitals will trial using antibodies to treat coronavirus cases
It's a relatively simple means of potentially helping the worst cases.
Back in our exhaustive review of potential treatments for SARS-CoV-2 infections, we mentioned one option that was relatively quick, easy, and required no further approval for use: transfer of blood plasma from those who had previously had an infection. The reasoning behind this is that this plasma will contain antibodies that could neutralize coronaviruses in the blood stream, severely limiting the progression of an active infection. Now, trials of this method are starting in New York City, the hardest-hit location in the US.   (more...)
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Blood from people who recover from coronavirus could provide a treatment
Plasma is being studied as a way to fight off the virus
An old idea for fighting infections — an approach most physicians know about only from medical lore — is being revived as people wait for drugs and vaccines to thwart the novel coronavirus. If it works, the blood plasma of people who have recovered from covid-19 would be used to protect health-care workers and help sick people get well.   (more...)
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Michigan doctors see success in COVID-19 treatment but say more clinical trials are needed

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Scientists across the country were still in search of a cure for the coronavirus disease 2019 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Clinical trials were underway as doctors tried to find a way to treat the deadly virus.   (more...)
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Likelihood of survival of coronavirus disease 2019

A case fatality ratio of an infectious disease measures the proportion of all individuals diagnosed with a disease who will die from that disease. For an emerging infectious disease, this ratio is thus a very important indicator not only of disease severity but also of its significance as a public health problem. For instance, WHO estimated a case fatality ratio of approximately 14–15% for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003,1 and approximately 35% for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012.2   (more...)
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2019–20 coronavirus pandemic by country and territory
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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States
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