New report estimates true COVID-19 death toll is double current figures

Striking research out of the University of Washington (UW) is estimating the global death toll from COVID-19 could be more than twice as high as official numbers show. Tracking overall 2020 mortality figures from around the world, the data indicates ne… Continue reading New report estimates true COVID-19 death toll is double current figures

Country-wide COVID-19 vaccine study finds Pfizer provides 95% protection

The first nation-wide COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness study has been published in The Lancet. Tracking nearly 5 million people fully vaccinated in Israel, the study found vaccination provides more than 95 percent protection from infection, hospitalizati… Continue reading Country-wide COVID-19 vaccine study finds Pfizer provides 95% protection

Human-to-cat COVID-19 transmission affirmed in new study

A robust new study is offering the strongest clinical evidence to date of COVID-19 transmission from human to cat. The research builds on anecdotal reports from the past 12 months, but experts stress there is no evidence so far of viral transmission fr… Continue reading Human-to-cat COVID-19 transmission affirmed in new study

The mRNA revolution: How COVID-19 hit fast-forward on an experimental technology

Despite the seemingly sudden appearance of this cutting-edge mRNA technology it is, like many scientific innovations, actually the product of decades of piecemeal research. mRNA was first discovered around 60 years ago after scientists worked for years… Continue reading The mRNA revolution: How COVID-19 hit fast-forward on an experimental technology

Cancer research set back two years due to pandemic disruptions

A large cancer research institute in London claims new cancer therapies have been delayed up to two years by the COVID-19 pandemic

Lockdowns, lab closures, funding cuts, and delays to ongoing clinical trials have all contributed to cancer research disruptions that may set the field back two years, according to new estimates made by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London.

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Toilet flushing can create infectious aerosols even when lid is closed

An experimental study has quantified the volume of aerosol particles generated by flushing toilets in a public restroom. The real-world research suggests even with lids closed flushing toilets can increase levels of ambient aerosol particles, heighteni… Continue reading Toilet flushing can create infectious aerosols even when lid is closed

Oxford immune response trial to reinfect recovered COVID-19 patients

UK researchers are set to purposely re-infect a cohort of recovered COVID-19 patients in order to study how the immune system responds to a second encounter with SARS-CoV-2. This human challenge trial expands on an ongoing study deliberately infecting … Continue reading Oxford immune response trial to reinfect recovered COVID-19 patients

Evidence of COVID-19 airborne transmission “overwhelming” say experts

A new review article published in The Lancet has presented 10 key scientific reasons why SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is predominantly spread though the air. The research adds to a growing chorus of experts saying the evidence for airbor… Continue reading Evidence of COVID-19 airborne transmission “overwhelming” say experts

New Stanford “Zoom Fatigue” study finds women affected more than men

Following an influential analysis published in February, a team of Stanford University researchers has conducted the first large survey into the very modern phenomenon of “Zoom Fatigue.” The new study reveals women suffer from greater exhaustion follow… Continue reading New Stanford “Zoom Fatigue” study finds women affected more than men

Emerging evidence links COVID-19 with tinnitus and hearing problems

A new systematic review investigating published research on the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing problems is suggesting a number of audio-vestibular symptoms can be associated with the disease. The review found hearing loss, tinnitus and verti… Continue reading Emerging evidence links COVID-19 with tinnitus and hearing problems