International clinical trials published on Wednesday confirm the hope that cheap, widely available steroid drugs can help seriously ill patients survive Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Based on the new evidence, the World Health Organization issued new treatment guidance, strongly recommending steroids to treat severely and critically ill patients, but not to those
Rigid safe distancing rules are an oversimplification based on outdated science and experiences of past viruses. Please read details in The BMJ.
So much hope is riding on a breakthrough, but a vaccine is only the beginning of the end. Nearly five months into the pandemic, all hopes of extinguishing COVID-19 are riding on a still-hypothetical vaccine. And so a refrain has caught on: We might have to stay home—until we have a vaccine. Close schools—until we
The first Phase 3 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States began Monday. The investigational vaccine was developed by the biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The trial is to be conducted at nearly 100 US research sites, according
It’s true the evidence for masks was weak before. That’s changed. Over the past couple of months, the world has received more evidence that face masks really can play a crucial role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read the details at VOX.
New research shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture. Read the details in this article from science daily
GeneXpert system (a PCR testing system) commonly used for Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis could possibly be repurposed for COVID-19 diagnosis in Nepal. More than 100 labs across Nepal has the laboratory facility already setup since last 10 years. This test could be done in half the cost of PCR tests currently being used. Read the full