COVID-19 virus

  • COVID-19 circulating more quickly than in spring - French epidemiologist
    PARIS, October 23 (Reuters): The COVID-19 virus is spreading more quickly than during its initial outbreak in the spring, French government scientific advisor Arnaud Fontanet said on Friday, in one of the starkest warnings yet about the scale of the disease's resurgence engulfing Europe. "The virus is circulating more quickly ...The resurgence of the pandemic started in August", Fontanet, an epidemiologist, told BFM TV, adding the fight against the disease would b
  • Japan researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not perfectly
    TOKYO, October 22 (Reuters): Japanese researchers showed that masks can offer protection from airborne coronavirus particles, but even professional-grade coverings can't eliminate contagion risk entirely. Scientists at the University of Tokyo built a secure chamber with mannequin heads facing each other. One head, fitted with a nebulizer, simulated coughing and expelled actual coronavirus particles. The other mimicked natural breathing, with a collection chamber for viruses
  • Blocking immune system pathway may stop Covid-19: Johns Hopkins study
    NEW YORK, OCTOBER 10 (IANS): As the world waits eagerly for an effective vaccine against the Covid-19 virus, researchers are also focusing on better understanding of how the virus attacks the body in the quest for other means of stopping its devastating impact. The key to one possibility -- blocking a protein that enables the virus to turn the immune system against healthy cells -- has been identified in a recent study by a team of Johns Hopkins University researchers. Based on t
  • Covid-19 virus made in Wuhan lab: Virologist
    September 14 (ANI): In a stunning revelation, a Chinese virologist has claimed that the coronavirus was created in a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan, the original epicentre of the outbreak and offered scientific evidence to back her claims. In an exclusive conversation with 'Loose Women', a British talk show, Dr Li-Meng Yan, the scientist said she was assigned to investigate "new pneumonia" in Wuhan. She said that she discovered a cover-up operation regar
  • Almost a third of COVID-19 samples show mutation, but not worse disease - WHO
    GENEVA, July 3 (Reuters): Almost 30% of genome sequencing data from samples of the COVID-19 virus collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) have shown signs of mutation, but there is no evidence this has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official said on Friday.   "I think it's quite widespread," Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing held by the U.N. journalists' association ACANU in Geneva.