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New highly virulent and damaging HIV variant discovered in the Netherlands

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The FINANCIAL — A new HIV variant with higher virulence and more damaging health impacts has been discovered in a study led by the University of Oxford.…

Clues to post-COVID-19 brain fog

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Some patients who develop new cognitive symptoms after a mild bout of COVID-19 have abnormalities in their cerebrospinal fluid similar to those found in people with other infectious diseases. The finding may provide insights into how SARS-CoV-2 impacts the brain. In a small study with 32 adults, comprising 22 with cognitive symptoms and 10 control…

Spike protein encounters determine protection against variants

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The FINANCIAL — New research shows that the first SARS-CoV-2 spike protein a person encounters shapes their subsequent immune response against current and future variants.…

Understanding omicron, the new COVID-19 variant

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Countries around the world are making preparations against omicron, a new variant of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, omicron’s presence in California was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…

WHO Update on Omicron

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The FINANCIAL — On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE). This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves,…

Air filter significantly reduces presence of airborne SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 wards

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When a team of doctors, scientists and engineers at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the University of Cambridge placed an air filtration machine in COVID-19 wards, they found that it removed almost all traces of airborne SARS-CoV-2.…

Spread of Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant driven by combination of immune escape and increased infectivity

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The FINANCIAL —  The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, which has become the dominant variant in countries including India and the UK, has most likely spread through its ability to evade neutralising antibodies and its increased infectivity, say an international team of researchers.…

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Is Delta Unstoppable?

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Steep declines in delta variant outbreaks in India and, more recently, the U.K., are likely not due to the nations reaching “herd immunity” or viral behavior, but rather because of shifts in human behavior prompted by mounting cases and deaths, Harvard experts say.…

Human challenge trial launches to study immune response to COVID-19

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The FINANCIAL -- Though the COVID-19 pandemic has now been active for a year, not much is known about what happens when people who have already had COVID-19 are infected for a second time, Oxford University notes.…

FDA warns about toxic hand sanitizers

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The FINANCIAL — FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through…

WHO included aerosol transmission in a new coronavirus FAQ

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The FINANCIAL — WHO published a new version of its list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19. It’s the first time the WHO has acknowledged the virus can travel in the air and linger longer than previously thought. Aerosol transmission involves secretions in particles much smaller than those released when a person coughs or sneezes. These particles are…

A new study shows COVID-19 may cause brain disorders even in people with mild coronavirus symptoms

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The FINANCIAL — Preliminary clinical data indicate that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection is associated with neurological and neuropsychiatric illness. A new study shows that some coronavirus patients suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects. Another dozen patients observed in the study had swelling in their central nervous systems. “We’re seeing things in the…

Starbucks stops the use of reusable cups over coronavirus fears

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The FINANCIAL — Starbucks is temporarily stopping use of reusable mugs because of the coronavirus. It’s unclear how long the reusable mug ban will last. Also, company converted its annual shareholders meeting in hometown Seattle to a virtual-only event due to concerns about the virus. Starbucks has announced that it will be temporarily pausing the…

Facebook will provide WHO with free ads

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The FINANCIAL — Facebook will provide free advertisements to the World Health Organization in an effort to prevent the spread of the misinformation about the coronavirus. Facebook is one of multiple tech companies extending free services in response to the virus. Also, company will remove false claims and conspiracy theories Facebook said would let the…

Sales of Hand sanitizers increased by 255% and are sold for £40

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The FINANCIAL — Sales of hand sanitizer in supermarkets have drastically increased amid the coronavirus outbreak. On the auction site 50ml bottles of Cien hand gel, which can be bought in Lidl for 49p listed for £39.99 and people still buy them at elevated prices. Also, eecipes for DIY hand sanitizer are popping all over the internet. But if made incorrectly,…