Immune system mounts a lasting defense after recovery from COVID-19, researchers find

Coronavirus illustration (stock image).Credit: © Matthieu / stock.adobe.com As the number of people who have fought off SARS-CoV-2 climbs ever higher, a critical question has grown in importance: How long will their immunity to the novel coronavirus last? A new Rockefeller study offers an encouraging answer, suggesting that those who recover from COVID-19 are protected […]

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COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity

Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in […]

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COVID-19 and labour constraints: Recalling former health care workers not enough

While the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in mass layoffs in several industries, other essential industries will instead face critical workforce shortages, according to a new report. Social distancing, school and daycare closures, and measures to protect those people who are most at-risk limit the pool of workers firms can draw upon. How important will […]

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COVID-19: Travel restrictions are most useful in the early and late phase of an epidemic

Analysis of human mobility and epidemiological data by a global consortium of researchers, led by the University of Oxford and Northeastern University, shows that human mobility was predictive of the spread of the epidemic in China. Restrictions of travel from Wuhan unfortunately came too late and research showed that the impact of travel restrictions declines […]

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Modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing measures on progression of COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan

New modelling research, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, suggests that school and workplace closures in Wuhan, China have reduced the number of COVID-19 cases and substantially delayed the epidemic peak — giving the health system the time and opportunity to expand and respond.advertisement Using mathematical modelling to simulate the impact of either extending or relaxing […]

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Singapore modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing on reducing spread of COVID-19

Social distancing concept with domino pieces (stock image).Credit: © dottedyeti / Adobe Stock A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases […]

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COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin

Coronavirus illustration (stock image).Credit: © pinkeyes / Adobe Stock The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, last year and has since caused a large scale COVID-19 epidemic and spread to more than 70 other countries is the product of natural evolution, according to findings published today in the journal Nature Medicine.advertisement The […]

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Individual response to COVID-19 ‘as important’ as government action

How individuals respond to government advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be at least as important, if not more important, than government action, according to a new commentary from researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London in the UK, and Utrecht University and the National Institute for Public Health and […]

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