What used to be a mysterious new variant first detected in the UK is now the most dominant coronavirus strain in the US. And unlike the original strain of the novel coronavirus, the more contagious B.1.1.7 strain is hitting young people particularly hard.
Numerous variants of SARS-CoV-2-harboring mutations in spike have arisen globally
mRNA vaccines elicit potent neutralizing activity against homologous pseudovirus
We analysed issues concerning the establishment of compulsory vaccination against COVID-19, as well as the role of misinformation as a disincentive—especially when published by health professionals—and citizen acceptance of measures in this regard. Data from different surveys revealed a high degree of hesitation rather than outright opposition to vaccines.
The novel mRNA vaccines of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech are among the most effective of all the developed vaccines at preventing infection and disease. For that, we are all grateful. But even the best vaccines fail to protect some people some of the time. The clinical trial data from both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna shows they are around 95% effective, which means that 5% of those fully vaccinated are still at risk for infection even a short time following the complete dose, when the vaccines are thought to be maximally effective.
By: Paul Laudicina Published Apr 12, 2021 Forbes Milder weather in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with an acceleration in COVID vaccinations in selected countries, the U.S. notable among them. So many appear to be emerging from their hibernation seeking (somewhat prematurely, according to the CDC) a return to pre-contagion lifestyles. While it’s too early to… Continue reading Are We Ready For The Post-Covid World?
Neighborhood income and other structural factors have significant impacts on whether an individual in the area has been infected with or died from COVID-19, a new national study finds.
Major study details numerous long-term effects of COVID-19, pointing to massive health burden
From Brazil to the Philippines, secretive governments across the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by covering up data and bypassing public procurement rules, undermining trust in health systems, fuelling anti-vaxxers and putting immunisation campaigns at risk.
Military response to COVID-19
Urban counties in large metropolitan areas in the United States are among the most affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with high proportions of confirmed infection among those who have been tested. While there is growing evidence of disparities by race/ethnicity across neighborhoods, the extent to which neighborhood poverty is associated with infection and deaths is not clear. In this cross-sectional study, we examined the association of neighborhood race/ethnicity and poverty with COVID-19 infections and related deaths in urban US counties, hypothesizing disproportionate burdens in counties with a larger percentage of the population belonging to minority racial/ethnic groups and a higher rate of poverty. This study is among the first to investigate such associations in US metropolitan areas.